UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.


Returning to campus: Students

Important requirements and information for students returning to campus

The following page highlights important information for students arriving this fall. All students living on campus are expected to comply with personal health and wellness measures. 

Student FAQs

For general questions regarding Fall 2020, please refer to our Student FAQs. This page is being regularly updated to reflect campus operations, information on instruction and housing as well as the latest advice from county, state and federal authorities.

Student COVID-19 Testing

A key aspect for maintaining a healthy Anteater community this Fall is the need to test all students currently on campus, as well as those arriving on campus. Further, as a condition to remain on campus, all students will be tested on an on-going basis. This is a necessary precaution to help control the spread of the coronavirus and maintain the health of the campus community.

Testing Dates, Hours, Locations

  • Undergraduate student resident testing: October 5-9
  • Graduate student resident testing: October 12-16
  • Ongoing weekly testing for ALL student residents: October 19 until further notice. Testing appointments for the week of October 19 and beyond will not be available on the portal until on or around Wednesday, October 14. More information will be provided at that time.
    • Weekday testing windows will be from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Testing appointments will be in 10-minute intervals. Appointment instructions follow below.

Testing Locations According to Residence

The Testing Process

Sample collection will be conducted using a self-administered nasal swab, with instructions from an observer.

How to Schedule Your Appointment

  1. Log in to the Student Health Patient Portal with your UCINetID and password
  2. Select “Appointments” on the left navigation sidebar
  3. Select “COVID-19 Testing” – click “Continue”
  4. Select the testing location – click “Continue”
  5. Select “COVID-19 Mass Testing Scheduling” - click “Continue”
  6. Confirm your contact information (email address; local telephone; local address) – click “Continue”
  7. Enter your callback number (required in case Student Health Center staff needs to contact you regarding the appointment you are scheduling) – click “Continue”
  8. Schedule your appointment for either the week of October 5 (undergraduate students) or the week of October 12 (graduate students). Select only one testing appointment date/time during the week.
  9. Please add your appointment day, time and location to your calendar – and set a reminder! Click “Continue”.
  10. Confirm your appointment date and time and then click “Schedule”.
  11. You must click on “Schedule” for your appointment to be confirmed.

On the Day of Your Test Appointment

  1. Do your Daily Symptom Check.
    1. If you are not showing symptoms, keep your appointment and proceed to your testing location.
    2. If you are showing symptoms, do not go to the test collection site. Please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 for instructions. If you have health insurance other than UC SHIP and have your own primary care provider, then you should also contact your PCP’s office to advise them of your symptoms.
  2. Know where you are going and give yourself enough time to get there.
    1. Confirm the location of your appointment and locate it on the map.
    2. Plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  3. Don’t leave home without these items:
    1. Face covering (and a spare face covering)
    2. Your Student ID card or another photo ID and your Student ID number.

Testing Results

COVID-19 test results will be available through the Student Health Patient Portal within 48-72 hours. You will receive an email notification when your lab results are available on the portal.

  • Students testing positive for coronavirus will be contacted by SHC staff with instructions for isolation and treatment, and will be called by a UCI contact tracer for an interview.
  • Students whose test results are “inconclusive” will be contacted by SHC with instructions for scheduling a repeat, follow-up test to be completed as soon as possible.

If you have tested COVID POSITIVE at a location other than at a campus testing site or at the Student Health Center, upload a copy of your POSITIVE test results through the Student Health Patient Portal for review and further direction. Upload instructions are here. You may be exempt from weekly testing for a period of three (3) months from the date of your positive test.

Important Notes

  1. Weekly testing is for UCI students only. If you have family members or dependents that want to be tested, please refer to the county test sites found on this website
  2. Staff are available at the testing site to assist students who require a special accommodation. However, if you have a disability that prevents you from taking a nasal swab test at a testing location, please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 for other testing arrangements.
  3. You will receive an email reminder 24 hours prior to your appointment. A text reminder will be sent one hour prior to the appointment IF you have opted in to receiving text messages on the portal.
  4. To reschedule: If you miss your testing appointment for some reason, please contact SHC’s appointment line at 949-824-5304 to reschedule for that week only. 
  5. Residents who do not fulfill asymptomatic testing requirements may face student disciplinary action.

We want to thank you in advance for your cooperation with this testing process. While it may pose an inconvenience, testing is a critical component to our ability to maintain the health and well-being of the campus community during this public health challenge.

For questions regarding scheduling/rescheduling of appointments and/or testing results, contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301. For more information, visit the UCI Coronavirus Testing Website. For all other questions, please email studentaffairs@uci.edu.

Influenza Vaccine

To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order (PDF) requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020.

Information about the mandatory flu vaccine requirement can be found on the Student Health Center website

For a list of UCI-specific student FAQs on the flu vaccine, visit https://uci.edu/coronavirus/students/flu-faq.php

Housing

For information about expected changes for fall 2020 as they are determined, please visit the Admissions FAQ page and the Student Housing FAQ page.

For what to expect during Move-In, please view the video by Student Housing below or click to watch here.