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.

Resources for Students and Families

Section 1

Widespread vaccination is key to an engaging academic year. All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. 

Remote instruction has been extended through January 28. The precaution will enable university officials to extensively test returning students and other community members, then assess the situation before finalizing a decision on when it is safe to resume in-person instruction. 

Health and safety checklist:

Get vaccinated and boosted. All students are required to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus. Boosters are required or all eligible students, faculty and staff by Jan. 31, 2022. 

Upload your COVID-19 vaccination and booster record.

Students who receive an exemption will be required to continue to wear a face covering and participate in regular COVID-19 testing.

Continue to complete Daily Symptom Check.

Browse our FAQs to get answers to your questions about campus operations and COVID-19.

Section 2

COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster Policy

In addition to getting vaccinated, a booster is an effective strategy for reducing the severity of COVID-19 — and is required by UC’s vaccination policy (PDF).

This policy requires all students, staff and faculty to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus.

Student FAQs Student Record Upload

UC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Student information such as how to get vaccinated, how to request a medical exemption how to upload records is available on the vaccinations and boosters page.

Flu Vaccine Requirement

The University of California requires all students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated against influenza or submit a declination form.

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

Executive Order on Flu Vaccination FAQ for Students

Section 3

Testing, Screening and Reporting

Daily Symptom Check

UCI students are required to complete and submit a daily self-screening for COVID-19. The check-in is available via email and mobile app.

Living Well App for Students Executive Directive: Daily Symptom Check


Regular, weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated students, faculty and staff.

A sampling of fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff will also test weekly. Students, faculty and staff will be contacted directly if they are required to test in a particular week.

Students, faculty and staff may schedule a test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal.

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab or saliva test that takes about 7-10 minutes, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 - 48 hours. 

Per the Executive Directive on Student Testing, regular, on-going testing is required of all students on campus. A conduct process will apply for students who do not participate in COVID-19 testing.

Testing Executive Directive: Testing

Section 4


Remote instruction has been extended through January 28.  The precaution will enable university officials to extensively test returning students and other community members, then assess the situation before finalizing a decision on when it is safe to resume in-person instruction.

Remote Learning Resources

Keep Learning Internet Resources Accessibility Resources Zoom Backgrounds

Section 5

Face Coverings / Masks

  • 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 six (6) feet of physical distance between people cannot be maintained.

Executive Directive: Face Coverings Face Coverings and Voluntary Use Respirators (N95s)

Maintaining the health and safety of our community is of the utmost priority. This page provides guidelines on addressing non-compliance. 

Health and Mental Health Resources

Student Health Center Counseling Center Student Wellness

Section 6

International Students

UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

The UC's COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, includes international students, who are expected be to be fully vaccinated before physically accessing the university’s locations and programs. Compliance is required no later than two weeks before faculty, staff and students are expected to be on campus for winter quarter. Under the policy, eligible students are also required to be boosted. 

For students who have received a COVID vaccination outside of the United States, UCI will accept vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization's (WHO). The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a process for assessing and listing unlicensed vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics during a public health emergency. Through that process, a number of vaccines not available in the United States have received Emergency Use Listing (EUL). A document summarizing the status of a wide range of international vaccines can be found online on the WHO’s website. 

Individuals arriving in the U.S., but have not received the vaccine, may be able to get the vaccine at an airport or schedule an appointment at a vaccine provider.

Several airports offer COVID-19 vaccines, including: LAXSNA- Orange County, and SFO.

For international students trying to schedule an appointment with a vaccine provider, a social security number is not required in order to receive the vaccine. However, some providers may require that you enter this information when completing registration. If you are unable to complete registration and schedule an appointment, you should contact the vaccine provider directly for guidance. 

Vaccine and Booster FAQ for International Students

For general information, visit the International Center.

Section 7

Anteater Recreation Center

The ARC will continue to be open for drop-in activities. Hours of operation are subject to change. Please visit; campusrec.uci.edu for updated information.

Office of Campus Social Work

Campus social workers will be offering services remotely and by appointment only. Referral by faculty or staff member is required.


UCI CARE will be operating remotely and will continue to offer its services virtually through January 28th. In person support may be available on a case by case basis. For more information, the latest updates on CARE’s operations or to set up an appointment, please contact the CARE office at 949-824-7273, by email at care@uci.edu (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5p.m.) or by visiting care.uci.edu.

Counseling Center

The UCI Counseling Center will be operating remotely and will continue to offer teletherapy services through Jan. 28. Crisis Care services remain available 24/7. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our offices at 949-824-6457.

Disability Services Center (DSC)

DSC will be operating remotely through January 28th. Services and meetings will be offered virtually with exceptions addressed as needed. Onsite services will occur as necessary to ensure business continuity. Virtual office hours will continue to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The DSC website is a great source for keeping up to date (dsc.uci.edu) and staff will also be taking calls at 949-824-7494. Onsite testing and Ring Road Rides will resume when UCI returns to in-person instruction.

Campus Dining

  • Residential Dining: The Anteatery and Brandywine will continue to be open for grab and go options only. No dine-in seating will be available.
  • Retail Dining: Please visit food.uci.edu for retail operating hours. Retail dining will be open for grab and go only.

Stay connected with UCI Dining: UCI Dining on Instagram

Child Care Services

FRESH Basic Needs Hub


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

The Hill

The campus store continues to be open. Please visit uci.bncollege.com for operating hours.

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.

  • Anteater Express: All campus-based shuttle routes will run as normally scheduled. Any changes to routing that need to be made will be posted at shuttle.uci.edu.

Student Center

The Student Center will continue to be open with adjustments to operations in the conference center.

Student Activities/Clubs & Organizations

Student events and activities will be virtual. Reservations made through the Student Center and Event Services will be canceled during this period of time (this includes Student Center, classroom and outdoor spaces). Recurring reservations for meetings and events held after Jan. 28 will not be canceled.

Student Health Center

UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries have resumed normal operations.

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.