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:
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.The Anteatery and Brandywine will open for indoor dining with capacity limits set at 100. Following physical distancing guidelines, single seating will be available. Students with green ZotPasses* will be welcomed to dine-in at both 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.
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
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If you have questions about COVID-19, testing, quarantining and related housing matters, please contact HousingCovidQuestion@uci.edu.
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.
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Student residents looking to purchase a parking permit will need to submit a Parking Permit Application.
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
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
- We have compiled a webpage that provides links to all our services and collections that can be accessed remotely. This includes 24/7 chat research help. Please check this webpage regularly as we will post the most up-to-date information there.
- Our expert subject librarians are available to assist remotely with virtual research workshops and discipline-related research questions.
- If you have questions about your library account, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. There are two tents, located at Langson Library Plaza and Humanities Hall Plaza. They are available for use from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., have nearby restrooms, and wifi. Students are reminded to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from their neighbor while in the study tent.
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.
New Building Etiquette
Your health and safety are at the forefront of every decision we make. Facilities Management will clean classroom 2 times per day, plus nightly electrostatic spraying. Here are more changes you should expect when you come back to campus.
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.
For specific questions and concerns, consider the following FAQs that are hosted by the listed departments: