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.

Jan. 25 - Campus services and KN95s, Criminology ranked #1

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Sprague Hall and the Medical Education Building. Photo by Matthew Feng

Sprague Hall and the Medical Education Building. Photo by Matthew Feng


Upload booster record graphic

As part of our efforts to begin opening up the campus, those who are eligible to receive a booster must do so and upload their documents by Monday, Jan. 31. Please be aware that if you are eligible and have not been boosted after this date, you will not be in compliance with the UC policy on vaccinations.

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

Return to instruction: KN95s and student services

Ahead of the return to in-person instruction on Jan. 31, information for students on campus services (such as dining, shuttles and various offices and centers) was sent out, including locations where students may pick up a KN95 mask.

COVID-19 testing resources

In preparation for the return to in-person instruction next week, here is a friendly reminder about testing availability. UCI community members who need a COVID-19 test for any reason can access the three campus testing sites by making an appointment in the Student Health Patient Portal or on a walk-in basis. Test locations and hours can be found on the UCI Forward site. Note that campus testing sites are for students and employees only. Unfortunately, family members cannot be accommodated. To allow for increased testing capacity, all campus testing locations are open to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. We encourage those who are symptomatic to get tested as quickly as possible and stay home. Commuter students and employees should test within 72 hours after they have returned to campus for the first time since return to in person instruction.

Resources for academics targeted by online harassment

In response to increased incidents of faculty being targeted on social media, the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and UCI’s Office of Campus Counsel created Resources to Support Academics Targeted by Online Harassment.

UCI online criminology master’s program is again ranked No. 1 by U.S. News

UCI’s Master of Advanced Study in criminology, law & society has been named the nation’s best online criminal justice master’s program by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row. The 2022 rankings also mark the fifth consecutive year in which the UCI program has placed in the top three. Today, 95 students are enrolled in the program. Evaluators considered 81 online criminal justice programs for the 2022 report.

Keep it private

Data privacy and protecting personal information are important. During Data Privacy Week, we aim to educate individuals on how to secure their personal information and protect the privacy of others at the university. Data Privacy Week 2022 spotlights the value of information and how to “Keep It Private” and “Respect Privacy.”

Expanding Jewish studies

Orange County’s Jewish community is burgeoning, up to 100,000 strong – sizable enough that the area has welcomed a kosher restaurant and a second Jewish day school in recent years. The UCI campus reflects this growth. In recent years, the School of Humanities launched a Center for Jewish Studies in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences to complement the minor in Jewish studies and growing coursework. The center’s leadership now seeks to expand academic and program offerings by establishing three endowed chairs and providing more robust support to students, the broader community and international scholars.

Diabetes patient helps others thrive

When Jazmine Simon was 15, a sudden onset of excessive thirst, weight loss and shortness of breath sent her to the doctor for help. The diagnosis: Type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes. Determined not to let the disease keep her from accomplishing whatever she sought in life, Simon has aggressively managed her condition. The 20-year-old San Clemente resident has since developed her own line of tinted moisturizers, highlighters, lip products, a primer serum and mascaras under the name Jazmine Beauty, and a portion of the sales goes to UCI Health for research into a cure for Type 1 diabetes, which Simon views as a way to help others with the disease.


National blood shortage

The nation is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, and a single blood donation can save more than one life. Blood cannot be manufactured or stockpiled and can only be made available through the kindness of volunteer donors. To donate blood, visit UCI Health to learn about eligibility and to make an appointment.


9th Annual Stem Cell Science Symposium
Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center)

Let's Learn - Goal Setting: A Project Manager's Approach
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Privatization of Water: Will It Bring Greater Social Equity?
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Water UCI and School of Social Ecology)

Leonard Barkan, "The Hungry Eye: Eating, Drinking, and European Culture from Rome to the Renaissance"
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Art & Culture Initiative)

Regenerative Medicine: New Approaches to Healthcare
Thursday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center)

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.

Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds

The New York Times, Jan. 24
Cited: Greg J. Duncan, an economist and Distinguished Professor of education

COVID-19: Peak 'Going Down,' Says UCI Epidemiologist

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 20
Cited: Dr. Susan Huang, professor of infectious diseases

6 things to know about omicron’s risks on the job

CalMatters, Jan. 21
Cited: Sanghyuk Shin, associate professor of nursing and director of UC Irvine’s infectious disease science initiative, and Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor of public health


56 new campus cases

Four employees and 52 students tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. 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.