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.
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.
As we work on this phased approach for reengaging on-site operations, remote learning, teaching and working continue to be the default.
For information about expected changes for fall 2020 as they are determined, please visit Student Housing FAQs. 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. If you have questions, please contact Dylan Largent at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 824-4735. Thank you for your understanding during this time.
UCI Libraries' buildings are closed until further notice. Many of our library services are still operating and our library employees are working remotely to help you.
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.
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. Here are some of the changes you should expect when you come back to campus.
Facilities Management will clean classroom 2 times per day, plus nightly electrostatic spraying. Facilities Management will supply classrooms with paper towels, gloves and disinfectant spray for individuals to use in between classes as needed.
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.