Returning to campus: 2020-21
UCI is committed to the health and well-being of our Anteater community. While winter instruction and many of our operations continue to be remote, we ask the campus community to follow these campus safety requirements to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We will communicate decisions on continuing with remote operations on a quarterly basis.
Daily Symptom Check-In
All UCI students, staff and faculty are required to complete and submit a daily self-screening for COVID-19. The check-in is available via email and mobile app.
A key aspect for maintaining a healthy Anteater community is the need to test all students, staff and faculty currently on campus, 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.
All students are required to take the Anteater Pledge and Healthy Practices Training. These are both one-time only requirements.
All staff and faculty are required to complete the “Returning to Campus” training module available through the UC Learning Center. This training is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. Even if you will continue to work remotely, but may need to come to campus occasionally, you must complete this training. Additionally, completing the training is only one step of the process to being approved to return to on-site work. This is a one-time only training.
Measures to control the spread
The best ways to limit the spread of the COVID-19 are through frequent hand washing, use of face coverings, physical distancing, self-screening for symptoms, viral testing for those with symptoms, and contact tracing of individuals testing positive.
As we return to campus:
- Reducing the spread of viruses starts with basic hygiene, view Preventative Measures.
- We are enhancing custodial services with the hiring of additional workers and more frequent cleaning schedules.
- Supplies including hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, paper towels, disposable gloves, and washable face masks will be provided centrally to returning groups.
- Signage and other reminders encouraging physical distancing will be common.
- We will wear face coverings while in campus buildings and in outdoor campus spaces where it is not possible to ensure physical distancing, in accordance with orders from the Orange County Health Agency. Facial coverings are not required for those unable to wear them for health or other reasons, as set forth in the Orange County orders. Remember that we wear masks to protect each other.
Currently, two vaccines — Pfizer and Moderna — have been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccinations have begun in the U.S. For more information on these vaccines and the vaccine-distribution process, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccines FAQ page and the state of California’s vaccine information page. Additional details can be found on here and UCI Health’s vaccine FAQ.
Returning to Campus: Units Approval Process
While remote learning, teaching and working remains the default in the near term, the Campus Recovery Implementation Team (CRIT) has developed the procedures needed for any unit or employee to return to campus.
Returning to Campus: Employees
If and when your unit is approved to return to campus – either as a whole unit, or just some individuals, or your unit is continuing to work on campus – there are new protocols for staff, faculty, and researchers for being on campus. These protocols are designed to help reduce the spread of illness and inform our return to campus culture. Remember that all returns to campus must be pre-approved.
Returning to Campus: Operations
The campus has implemented a number of protocols in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, including new building etiquette and enhancing custodial services.
Coronavirus Response Center
Staff and faculty may report a case using the COVID-19 Case Reporting website.
Students & Student Workers may report a case using this link or by calling the Student Health Center at 949-824-5304.
Reporting a COVID-19 Safety Concern
Injuries, safety concerns and/or COVID-19 concerns or near-misses occurring on campus or while participating in University business should be reported within 24 hours.
Non-Compliance Guidelines and Response Procedures
COVID-19 related campus procedures and executive directives are intended to keep the UCI community healthy by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Members of the UCI community are expected to behave in ways that respect the health of others.
While it is expected that each individual will assume personal responsibility to help protect the UCI community, it is also understood that mistakes and lapses in compliance or intentional non-compliance may occur. Generally, issues with compliance should be addressed with care and understanding. The overarching goal when addressing non-compliance is to de-escalate rather than intensify a situation.