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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. 

The following resources and information, including vaccines, housing, health and safety, are available to help students and families prepare for an in-person fall quarter and 2021-22 academic year.

Checklist for returning to campus

Get vaccinated. All students are required to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus.

Upload your COVID-19 vaccination record.

Students who receive an exemption will be required to continue to wear masks 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 Policy

The UC Office of the President has issued its final policy regarding required COVID-19 vaccinations.

This policy requires all UCI 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 for the fall term.

UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Student FAQs Student Record Upload

For information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccines FAQ page and the state of California’s vaccine information page. Student information such as how to get vaccinated, how to upload records is available on UCI's COVID-19 Vaccine page. 

Medical Exemptions

To request a medical exemption, religious exception, disability exception or deferral during pregnancy, students may visit the Student Health Center's website

All request forms must be uploaded to the UCI Student Health Center Patient Portal. Please note that the review of your request may take up to seven (7) business days. Students will receive notification of approval or denial of the request via secure message on the portal.

For questions regarding the exemption process, please send a secure message on the portal to: “Immunization Exemption/Deferral Request Inquiry” and a SHC nurse will respond within 3-5 business days.

Students who are not vaccinated because of receiving an exemption, exception or deferral must, at a minimum, wear masks and participate in regular COVID-19 testing. Students who arrive partially vaccinated or whose exemption, exception, or deferral request is pending must also mask and participate in regular COVID-19 testing. Students who are not vaccinated and not approved for an exemption, exception or deferral will be subject to enforcement protocols.

UCI COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Flu Vaccine Requirement

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

The influenza vaccination will be required for the 2021-22 academic year.

Flu Vaccine Info

Section 3

Testing, Screening and Reporting

Daily Symptom Check-In

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

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

  • 25% per week of fully vaccinated undergraduate students living in on-campus housing
  • 5% of the remaining fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff

Asymptomatic testing is for students and employees who do not have symptoms. Students, faculty and staff may receive an asymptomatic test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or by dropping by the test site.

Students who indicate symptoms on the Daily Symptom Check will be referred to the Student Health Center for evaluation and symptomatic testing if needed.

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 asymptomatic 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

Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services

Section 4


Instruction will primarily be delivered through in-person instruction in campus classrooms, although some instructors will offer hybrid, remote, and online options as appropriate and approved.

Classes that are in person have a room number listed in the “place” column in the Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar website.

Courses that are identified as “online” in the place column have been formally approved to be taught fully online on an ongoing basis.

Courses that are identified as “VRTL REMOTE” are not yet formally approved to be taught fully online but are or will be in the process of being approved to be taught fully online going forward.

The University Registrar has developed a list of FAQ including:

  • How will I know if a course is being taught synchronously or asynchronously?
  • I’m enrolled in an in-person class but would rather not come to campus for it; will my instructor make arrangements for me to take the class remotely?

University Registrar FAQ

Remote Learning Resources

The 2021-22 academic year instruction will be held in-person with the expectation of students to be on campus. While some courses will continue to use educational technology tools throughout the year, here are some helpful links when working in a remote environment.

Keep Learning Internet Resources Accessibility Resources Zoom Backgrounds

Section 5

Anteater Pledge and Healthy Practices

All students are required to take the Anteater Pledge (available through CampusGroups) and Healthy Practices Training. These are both one-time only requirements.

The Anteater Pledge is a commitment to our community to do everything we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.  As part of this commitment, we also are rolling out the Anteater Pledge Ambassador program. Ambassadors are students, staff and faculty and will be responsible for educating and engaging their peers on how to reduce the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19.

Anteater Pledge and Healthy Practices Become an Ambassador

Guest Symptom Checker

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 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. As such, this page provides guidelines on addressing non-compliance. 

Non-compliance Response Procedures

Health and Mental Health Resources

Student Health Center Counseling Center Student Wellness

Section 6

International Students

UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

Under the UC's COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, all UC employees and students - including international students - will be 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 for the fall term.

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: 



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. 

Upload vaccination record

If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, you can upload your Vaccination Record Card by visiting the UCI Student Health Center portal.

Vaccine FAQs for International Students

For general information, visit the International Center.

FAQs for International Students

Section 7

Campus Services and Facilities


Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, on-campus housing guarantees for undergraduates will not be in effect for the 2021-22 academic year. Undergraduate Housing will be offered as space allows in standard room types (singles, doubles, triples and tower quads). Information on campus policies and behavioral expectations for fall 2021 are still being finalized. 

Move-In is Sept. 16 - 19.

All UCI students are required to wear face coverings indoors, except when alone in an enclosed space. This will include common areas in your housing community, outside of your private living space (hall room or apartment). 

Prior to Move-In, residents must complete the following steps:

  1. Upload vaccine record
  2. Schedule Move-In Day COVID-19 test
  3. Complete emergency and confidential contact forms
  4. If you are bringing a car to campus, order residential parking permit

More information is available on the Before Move-In Day webpage.

The Housing website provides a step-by-step guide on where to go and what to do on Move-In Day.

For more details, visit UCI's Housing Move-in information page.

Campus Dining

Students with green ZotPasses* will be welcomed to dine-in at both dining halls. Tables will be sanitized after every use. 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.

Stay connected with UCI Dining:

FRESH Basic Needs Hub

UCI Student Center

Anteater Recreation Center

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

Parking Information

On campus residents will need to submit a Parking Permit Application.

Student commuter permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the myCommute portal.

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.