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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.

July 21 - New visitor guidance, housing update

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Aldrich Hall seen through trees with Tustin blimp hangars in the background

Aldrich Hall seen through trees with Tustin blimp hangars in the background. Photo by Ian Parker


Keep doing your daily symptom check

This is a friendly reminder that UCI still requires all students and employees to do the daily symptom check - even if you are vaccinated. Details of the officially authorized daily symptom check screenings are available in Chancellor Gillman’s Executive Directive.

New guidance for campus visitors/non-affiliates

There is new guidance for campus visitors/non-affiliates that addresses face coverings, vaccination status and meeting attendance. In line with California Department of Public Health Guidance, UCI will deem a visitor/non-affiliate to have self-attested to being fully vaccinated, or to have met an approved face covering exemption, if they enter a UCI building and are not wearing a face covering. Additionally, when visitors/non-affiliates are invited for meetings, training, conferences, etc., departments should collect and maintain their contact information in case it is needed for contact tracing purposes. 

Guidance for vendors and contractors

As campus facilities start to open, non-emergency vendor visits and deliveries can resume as previously conducted and, if possible, be scheduled with UCI personnel in advance. Environmental Health & Safety has issued guidance for vendors, contractors and suppliers working or providing services on campus. All contractors and vendors must comply with the guidance while at UCI.


Tech resources as you return

As UCI prepares to return to campus in various capacities over the summer months, OIT will be active in support of faculty, students and staff through the transition. Our Techprep site will continue to be updated with return-to-campus information throughout the summer. For specific questions or assistance, email oit@uci.edu.

Fall ’21 undergraduate housing update

As a sign that students are looking forward to the start of the academic year, we face an overwhelming number of requests for on-campus housing. For students who are still seeking housing or on a waiting list for UCI Housing or American Campus Communities, here are some resources that may assist you with securing off-campus housing and finding transportation to campus. Questions should be directed to housing@uci.edu.

All students required to enroll in Duo multi-factor authentication

UCI is requiring Duo multi-factor authentication for all students, and now is the time to enable it, if you haven’t done so already. Enabling Duo today means you won’t have to worry about any disruptions to your UCI account access in the future. The setup for Duo is quick and provides long-term protection. There’s step-by-step instructions on the Duo website. When in doubt, contact the Help Desk at oit@uci.edu.

‘Fit Squad’ yoga class returns to Aldrich Park 

As part of your UCI HR Wellness Program, Campus Recreation has partnered to offer the limited return of onsite Fit Squad Yoga this summer for UCI employees. Join your UCI co-workers for a quick, convenient opportunity to work out while onsite during your work week. Additional on-site fitness offerings are being explored for Fall on campus and at the UCI Medical Center. The normal $5 registration fee for the full Fit Squad class series has been waived for summer 2021. Join anytime. Registration required.


UC student regent appointed for 2022-23

The University of California Board of Regents appointed UC Berkeley law student Marlenee Blas Pedral to be the 2022-23 student regent. Blas Pedral is the 48th student regent, a position established in 1975. She will serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year, able to participate in all deliberations, and will have voting privileges when her one-year term as a regent begins in July 2022.


UCI Graduate Alums talk featuring Lamar Blackwell, Ph.D., ‘11
Thursday at noon (sponsored by the Graduate Division)

Decriminalizing Neighborhoods: Promoting a New Vision of Public Safety, Association & Belonging
Friday through Sunday conference (co-sponsored by UCI Law Criminal Justice Clinic)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Former U.N. Adviser Says Global Spyware Is A Threat To Democracy

NPR, July 20 (Audio)
Guest: David Kaye, clinical law professor

More Heat Waves Coming, Scientists Say. But The Health Impacts Are Largely Preventable

KQED, July 21
Cited: James P. Brody, professor of biomedical engineering

U.S. Acts Decisively to Protect Asian Americans—But Drags Its Feet on Protecting Black Americans

Ms. magazine, July 20
Cited: Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American studies


Teaching is a work of heart written in red script

Teaching is a work of heart.

The All-truism project (@alltruism_uci on Instagram), which is supported through a Barnes & Noble College Scholarship, aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. In this series, Anteaters write letters to faculty and staff.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


One new campus case

One on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Remember to upload your vaccine record

Vaccination is a critical step toward our campus's fall return. Help our community, by uploading your vaccine record.

Employee Upload Vaccine Record button

Student upload vaccine record button