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. 

Health and safety checklist:

Get vaccinated and boosted. 

Upload your COVID-19 vaccination and booster record.

Students who are not fully vaccinated or receive an exemption will be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing.

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

Reporting on the Daily Symptom Check will only be required when a yes response is indicated on the symptom checker.

Living Well App for Students Executive Directive: Daily Symptom Check

Testing

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

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

Face Coverings / Masks

Face coverings are strongly recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional outdoors.

Student Health Center, Counseling Center and UCI Health properties will continue to adhere to face covering guidance for healthcare settings. Face coverings continue to be required on the Anteater Express and other forms of public transportation.

Face coverings may also be required consistent with public health guidance for a limited duration for those who are COVID-19 positive and returning from isolation, and for those recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Face Covering Distribution Locations

Face coverings (KN95s, surgical masks) for students, faculty, and staff are available at the following locations around campus:

  • Anteater Learning Pavilion
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Anteater Recreation Center (ARC)
    • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
  • Anteatery Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Brandywine Dining Commons
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • FRESH Hub
    • Tuesday & Thursday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Med Sci C Stack loading dock
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Natural Sciences 1, Room 2112
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Student Center Information Desk
    • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Student Center Parking Structure Kiosk
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Student Housing Communities (including American Campus Communities (ACC))
    • Main housing office front desk

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

Health and Mental Health Resources

Student Health Center Counseling Center Student Wellness

Section 5

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. 

For general information, visit the International Center.

FAQ for International Students