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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.

Aug. 18 - Win priority registration, second-year student resources

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Nancy Doran sculptures behind the Science Library. Photo by Ian Parker.

Nancy Doran sculptures behind the Science Library. Photo by Ian Parker

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Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is fielded by Kim Burdett, director, Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct:

What is the range of possible responses for violations of UCI COVID safety procedures? How many violations have been reported?

The range of responses for a student violating a COVID-related Executive Directive include an advisory letter, warning, disciplinary probation (for anywhere from one quarter to duration of enrollment), suspension (for any length of time) or dismissal. We can use an interim suspension for an immediate safety concern, which removes the student from the campus but not any remote classes, for the duration of the investigation and any appeal process. We had about 900 cases last academic year.


Win priority registration for the rest of the academic year!

On Aug. 27, the Office of the University Registrar will randomly select 50 undergraduate students to receive priority registration for Winter 2022 and Spring 2022, based on compliance with the University of California COVID-19 vaccination policy. Compliance can be met by providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submitting a request for exception on medical, disability or religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy. All students enrolled for Fall 2021 who are in compliance by 5 p.m. Aug. 27 will automatically be placed in the selection pool.

Upload your vaccine record now, here:

Student Record Upload

Employee Upload Record

UCI Podcast: Did COVID-19 cause a mental health pandemic?

The financial uncertainty, chaotic scheduling demands and fear of illness and death during the COVID-19 pandemic have all caused stressors to multiply. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Tim Bruckner, a professor of public health at UCI, discusses whether the predictions of a follow-on mental health pandemic have come true, how women’s careers have been affected by the pandemic and how equity has been incorporated into California’s public health response.

Welcome second-year Anteaters!

To our second-year students and second-year transfer students: Knowing that your upcoming campus experience is a unique one without a more traditional first year behind you, we’ve created a website to help you prepare for the upcoming year. The Second Year Experience website will officially launch in early September, and will feature important resources, events and programs centered around supporting you as you transition back to UCI for year two. 

Help your kids transition successfully back to school

Social ecologist Jessica Borelli, a UCI associate professor of psychological science and a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in parent-child relationships, offers practical suggestions to help families get back into the swing of things this fall. The first thing to know, she says, is that different types of kids need different types of support.

COVID-19 | Get the Facts: Dr. Bharath Chakravarthy explains vaccine side effects

COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you the virus, says UCI Health Dr. Bharath Chakravarthy in this short video. The emergency medicine physician explains why that is impossible and how short-term symptoms after vaccination are signs that your body is building immunity.


University of California releases annual payroll report

The University of California has released its annual report on systemwide employee compensation for calendar year 2020. Every year UC discloses payroll information as part of its commitment to transparency and public accountability.

How to avoid a surprise bill for your coronavirus test

The delta-variant-driven wave of coronavirus infections is fueling a new surge in testing — and that could mean more surprise medical bills. Congress wrote rules last spring to make most coronavirus testing free for all Americans. But patients, with or without insurance, have found holes in those coverage programs.


First Folio with Andrea Mays
Friday at noon (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

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.


Are Patchwork College COVID-19 Policies Leaving Students Vulnerable?

LAist, Aug. 17
Cited: David Souleles, director, COVID-19 Response Team 

California COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases top 2020 summer surge

The Orange County Register, Aug. 17
Cited: Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor, population health and disease prevention

This author traveled across the country to ask: What does it mean to be Latino?

PBS Newshour, Aug. 13 (Video)
Guest: Hector Tobar, professor of journalism and Chicano/Latino studies


New campus cases

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

Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.