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.

Campus Operations

Section 1

Since March, we have been devoting countless hours to learning best practices and exploring ways to bring faculty, staff and students back to campus in an appropriate way and at the appropriate time. Multiple teams have been working closely with health experts from both government agencies and our own public health program to help us redesign spaces, establish cleaning and rapid response guidelines, and educate our community about how to operate and interact in this new chapter in the COVID-19 environment. We are working on a phased approach for reengaging on-site operations. 

Please be sure to visit the following websites for updates and the latest information:

Section 2

Anteater Recreation Center

The ARC will be open for reserved workouts on a daily basis. Following physical distancing and face covering guidelines, users will be able to utilize a new indoor fitness pod in the Main Gym, an outdoor fitness pod on the pool deck, outdoor F45 and yoga classes and lap swimming. Spring hours and additional information are available here.

Campus Dining

Residential dining halls, The Anteatery and Brandywine, will be checking students' ZotPasses for entry. Students with green ZotPasses* will be able to enter the dining halls. Tables will be sanitized after every use. Face coverings are to be worn at all times when not seated and actively eating or drinking. Take-out options will still be available.

*A green ZotPass, which ensures student compliance with the daily symptom check and weekly asymptomatic testing for campus residents, is now required for breakfast and lunch on weekdays.

Retail Dining: Panda Express, Starbucks at Biological Sciences and Med Ed Café will be open and available for take-out only.For the latest UCI Dining updates

Stay connected with UCI Dining: UCI Dining on Instagram

Child Care Services

FRESH Basic Needs Hubs


If you have questions about COVID-19, testing, quarantining and related housing matters, please contact HousingCovidQuestion@uci.edu.

Stay connected with UCI Housing: UCI Housing on Facebook UCI Housing on Instagram UCI Housing on YouTube

Mail Services

Mail collection and delivery on campus continues to be limited. Schedules may be updated as the campus response to COVID-19 is reevaluated.
Departments may drop off their outgoing mail at the North Campus Mail Processing Center between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Those with a valid UCI ID may retrieve their incoming mail from the Mail Processing Center between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.
If you have questions, please contact Dylan Largent at dlargent@uci.edu or (949) 824-4735. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

The Hill

Visit shopuci.com for current store hours. For IDs or replacement IDs you can make your appointments through campusgroups.uci.edu.

Stay connected with The Hill: The Hill at UCI

Transportation and Distribution Services

Student residents looking to purchase a parking permit will need to submit a Parking Permit Application.

Student Center

The UCI Student Center’s East Food Court and Terrace Lounge are open beginning March 29 for students to study on campus. Visit Book Smart online to learn more.

The UPS Store is open and offering a variety of services. Please see the Student Center website for details

Student Health Center

UCI Libraries

Limited study spaces will be available by appointment in the Multimedia Resources Center and the Libraries Gateway Study Center. Students will be able to reserve specific study seats, including some private rooms and computer workstations, for 3 hour blocks of time in the morning and afternoon. Printing will also be available. The buildings will close at midday to allow extra cleaning.

Three new services will be offered:

  • curbside drop box for returning library books – accessible from East Peltason Drive near the Student Health Center;
  • a one-button studio in the Multimedia Resources Center that provides a simplified process for recording video presentations and podcasts;
  • and laptops, iPads, and other equipment will be available to borrow from the Multimedia Resources Center.

Remote Access to Library Services and Collections

Study tents on campus

UCI has installed study tents on campus in an effort to provide students the opportunity to study outside in a shaded area. The tents are located at Langson Library Plaza. They are available for use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have nearby restrooms, and wifi.

Section 3

Measures to control the spread

Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by getting the vaccine when it is available to you and the following preventative measures.

  • Reducing the spread of viruses starts with basic hygiene, view Preventative Measures.
  • We are temporarily enhancing custodial services in certain areas and will adjust as part of the campus multi-layered approach to prevention.
  • Supplies including hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, paper towels, disposable gloves, and washable face masks will be provided centrally to returning groups.

Physical distancing

  • Unvaccinated employees eating or drinking indoors must be at least 6 feet apart from others.
  • If unvaccinated individuals cannot wear a face covering, they must continue to stay physically distanced of at least 6 feet from other individuals or be tested once a week for COVID-19 during paid time and at no cost to the employee.
  • No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required, regardless of employees’ vaccination status, unless there is an outbreak (see below).

Face coverings

  • All individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in an enclosed space.
  • UCI will provide voluntary-use respirators to unvaccinated or vaccinated employees. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a face covering when outdoors if 6 feet of physical distance between people cannot be maintained.

Outbreaks and Quarantines

  • If an outbreak of three or more cases occurs in an exposed employee group, UCI must evaluate whether physical distancing or barriers are necessary to control transmission of the virus. If an outbreak of at least 20 cases happens, masks must be worn by all workers indoors and outdoors where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Fully vaccinated workers with no COVID-19 symptoms do not need to be tested or quarantined if they are exposed to the virus.

Executive Directive on Face Coverings

Air Quality Related to COVID-19 Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Indoor air quality and heating ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) influence on the spread of COVID-19 is a major concern for the campus. Facilities Management continuously monitors the recommendations and guidance from the WHO, CDC, and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Based on the recommendations, Facilities is maximizing outside air, operating additional hours to flush pre and post occupancy, and utilizing filtration beyond industry standard where possible. Facilities reminds you that the highest probability of spread continues to be close contact, with physical distancing, the use of a mask, and hand-washing the best defense against the spread of COVID-19.

Building Ventilation and Filtration Webpage HVAC FAQs