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

This guide provides students with the key information, including remote learning resources and student services, that they need to know for navigating the 2020-21 academic year. 

Section 2

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

Undergraduate Approved Activities Graduate Approved Activities

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


Asymptomatic testing is only for students who do not have symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please contact Student Health.

COVID-19 testing is currently completed via a supervised self-administered nasal swab test, is cost-free to eligible groups on campus, and results are available within 24 - 72 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 Contact Tracing

Vaccination Info

COVID-19 vaccination

Currently, two vaccines — Pfizer and Moderna — have been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccinations have begun in the U.S. For more information on these vaccines and the vaccine-distribution process, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccines FAQ page and the state of California’s vaccine information page. Additional details can be found on here and UCI Health’s vaccine FAQ.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Flu vaccination

To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff and our communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide Executive Order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020. Information about the mandatory flu vaccine requirement can be found on the Student Health Center website.

Flu Vaccination

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing

Reducing the spread of viruses starts with basic hygiene.

  • Wear a face covering – Executive Directive
  • Wash your hands well and often. Carry hand sanitizer and surface wipes.
  • Keep six feet (two meters) of distance between yourself and others whenever possible – Executive Directive

We take compliance with these university directives seriously. Students who fail to adhere to campus policies are subject to university proceedings that may result in disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension or dismissal. Students are also subject to disciplinary action for off-campus behaviors (see 101.00a) that affect the health and safety of community members. For more information, you can refer to the COVID-19 policy compliance.

Preventative Measures

Executive Directives

Health and Mental Health Resources

Student Health Center Counseling Center Student Wellness

Housing, Dining, Facilities

Student Housing

Based on state guidance, there will be one student per room for undergraduate residence halls and group living units (Mesa Court, Middle Earth and Arroyo Vista).

Student Housing

Campus Dining

Grab-and-go meals will be offered in our residential dining facilities, including Brandywine and The AnteateryA 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.

Campus Dining

FRESH Basic Needs Hub

Available services during COVID-19.

FRESH info

Anteater Recreation Center

The ARC is open with modified offerings. Indoor offerings will not be available. A variety of classes are offered virtually.

ARC info

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.

Transportation and Distribution Services

Remote Instruction

Most classes will be offered remotely, either as the only option or a complement to in-person instruction. We are doing everything possible to prepare classrooms for in-person instruction, but it’s too early to determine which courses will be ready for traditional on-site learning. Deans and department chairs are working with our Office of Teaching and Learning to identify which classes can be prioritized for in-person instruction.

Student Information

Winter Quarter

Although instruction begins Jan. 4, winter quarter courses through Jan. 16 will be remote. After that, most undergraduate courses will be taught remotely this upcoming winter quarter. Any in-person courses will require approval consistent with the latest public health guidance. Graduate courses will be allowed to be held in-person with appropriate public health practices and procedures in place. Details regarding course-related field work and practicums for graduate work are still in development and will be communicated separately.

Spring Quarter

Spring quarter will follow the same general plans as fall/winter quarter. Most undergraduate courses will be taught remotely. Any in-person courses will require approval consistent with the latest public health guidance.

Remote Learning Resources

Keep Learning Internet Resources

Section 3


FAQs for International Students

Division of Undergraduate Education

For specific updates and information about DUE units, resources, and services, please click on the appropriate DUE unit listed below:

Division of Graduate Education

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student Affairs

Additional resources:

UCI Libraries

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.

Remote Access to Library Services and Collections

University Registrar