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Testing

Section 1

In accordance with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated and who are entering or physically present on UCI-controlled property must undergo weekly testing. This requirement also applies those who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral.

Students, faculty and staff may schedule a test from the campus testing site by making an appointment on the Student Health Center portal or by dropping by the test site. Log into the Student Health Patient Portal to make an appointment or to check your results. View the testing location and schedule.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please isolate or quarantine. Contact your primary healthcare provider if you require a medical evaluation and treatment recommendations.

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 to 48 hours.

Student Testing Info Employee Testing Info Testing Location How to Isolate/Quarantine

Executive Directive: Testing Fact Sheet - SalivaDirect Testing

Section 2

At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Rapid antigen at-home test kits are available for pick up at the Student Center test site. For students in campus housing, these kits are available from your housing community office. Free at-home tests also are available through the federal government.

Information on at-home COVID-19 tests, such as a list of authorized diagnostic tests and expiration dates, is available on the FDA’s website.

Student testing

Student Testing

Weekly testing is mandatory for all students who are not fully vaccinated; who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral, who have not received an approved exemption, exception or deferral. Fully vaccinated students are not required to test weekly.

Section 4

Undergraduate Resident

PopulationMove-in/Baseline TestingAdditional Testing
Vaccinated Recommended No
Unvaccinated Approved for Exemption, Exception, Deferral Yes Weekly

Graduate Resident

PopulationMove-in/Baseline TestingAdditional Testing
Vaccinated Recommended No
Unvaccinated Approved for Exemption, Exception, Deferral Yes Weekly

OFF-CAMPUS-All students

PopulationMove-in/Baseline TestingAdditional Testing
Vaccinated No No
Unvaccinated Approved for Exemption, Exception, Deferral No Weekly

Employee testing

Employee Testing

Weekly testing is mandatory for all employees who are not fully vaccinated; who have an approved exemption, exception or deferral, who have not received an approved exemption, exception or deferral. 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT REPORT TO WORK. Please use the following links to obtain more information on testing and next steps:

Student employees - https://osh.chs.uci.edu/

Campus employees - https://hr.uci.edu/partnership/futureofwork/asymptomatic-testing.php

UCI Health employees - COVID-19 Intake Form

More information on employee testing is available on HR's website

Testing location

Testing Location

The Student Center test site will remain open this summer for appointments and drop-in PCR (nasal swab) testing. Rapid antigen at-home test kits are also available for pick up at the test site.

Testing Hours
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Student Center Closed 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Closed

Scheduling Testing

How to Schedule a Test

While walk-ins are available, students, faculty and staff are advised to schedule appointments by logging in to the Student Health Patient Portal. Once in the portal,

  • Select “Appointments” on the left navigation sidebar
  • Click on “Schedule an Appointment”
  • Select “COVID-19 Testing” – click “Continue”
  • Select “Student COVID Testing” – click “Continue”
  • Note the testing locations that are available
  • Click “Continue”
  • Confirm contact information (email address, local telephone, local address) – click “Continue”. 
  • Enter callback number (required in case Testing site staff or Student Health Center staff need to contact you regarding the appointment you are scheduling) – click “Continue”.
  • Schedule appointment and select testing location.
  • Confirm selected appointment

Individuals having difficulty accessing the patient portal to schedule their appointment can contact the COVID-19 Response Center at 949-824-9918 or covid19@uci.edu for assistance.

Student Health Patient Portal

What to Expect

On the day of your testing appointment,

  1. Complete your Daily Symptom Check.
    1. Whether or not you are showing symptoms, keep your appointment and proceed to your testing location.
    2. If you are showing symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center at 949-824-5301 for instructions. If you have health insurance other than UC SHIP and have your own primary care provider, then you should also contact your PCP’s office to advise them of your symptoms.
  2. Know where you are going and give yourself enough time to get there.
    1. Confirm the location of your appointment and locate it on the map.
    2. Plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time.
  3. Don’t leave home without these items:
    1. Face covering (and a spare face covering)
    2. For students, a student ID card or student ID number and another form of picture ID if you do not have your student ID card.

Please do NOT bring anyone with you unless absolutely necessary.