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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.

March 23 - COVID test reminder; Women’s History Month perspectives

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a view of construction underway for the Health Sciences’ parking structure on California Avenue.

Parking space race: a view of construction underway for the Health Sciences’ parking structure on California Avenue. Photo by Ian Parker


Reminder: students returning from spring break must take COVID test

Regardless of vaccination status, students must take an antigen or PCR test 48 hours before returning to campus from spring break. Masking is required at campus testing locations. The Student Center is currently open for testing and is also the site for observed antigen testing to get out of quarantine or isolation at day five. Plaza Verde reopens for testing on Monday. Testing is permanently closed at the University Club. See further instructions for students who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and booster, those who are not up to date and anyone with questions.

Social scientists discuss women’s vital role in advancing equity and inclusion

With Women’s History Month in full swing, UCI professors from political science, cognitive sciences and logic & philosophy of science offer their perspectives.

Watch Match Day video

See UCI medical students find out where they will start their careers as doctors.


Calisphere: your gateway to California’s remarkable digital collections

Developed and maintained by UC’s California Digital Library, Calisphere offers free access to more than 2 million historical images, texts, recordings and other primary resources. These materials, which were gathered from more than 300 participating cultural heritage institutions throughout the state, including all 10 UC campuses, are presented on an easily searchable (and browsable) site.

Updated CDPH guidance: mega events

Effective April 1, the California Department of Public Health requirement for vaccine verification or proof of negative tests for attendees at indoor mega events will change to a strong recommendation. See the full updated guidance.

BA.2 variant accounts for more than a third of U.S. COVID cases: CDC

Last week’s case count from the omicron BA.2 subvariant represented a notable increase from a week earlier, when the strain was estimated to account for just under one in four cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fast-growing lineage of the coronavirus is most common in New England and the New York region, where it accounted for more than half of all new infections, according to CDC projections.

Is it COVID, a cold or spring allergies?

Many Americans are scratching their heads as spring allergy season collides with cold season and the pandemic. But knowing what to look for can help you better navigate the strange, often confusing Venn diagram that is allergy, cold and COVID-19 symptoms.


Philosophical concerns in nursing around the globe: Critical issues from Brazil, Colombia and Australia
Friday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Nursing Philosophy)

Dance Visions 2022
Saturday, available on demand through 11:59 p.m. (sponsored by Department of Dance)

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.

Why Ketanji Brown Jackson's public defender experience is 'critically important'

MSNBC (video), March 22
Guest: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of law

7.8 million student-loan borrowers are at 'high-risk' of being unable to pay if Biden resumes payments in May, analysis says

Business Insider, March 23
Cited: Dalié Jiménez, professor of law and director, Student Loan Law Initiative

Cyberbullying victims are more likely to suffer from depression. Here’s how to spot it and stop it.

The Orange County Register, March 23
Cited: Stephanie M. Reich, professor of education


Tweet from UCI Counseling

Palm trees are so quintessentially SoCal! We hope wherever you are this spring break, you are taking benefit of the great outdoors! Relax, unwind and rejuvenate! Twitter/UCICounselingCt

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Four new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded four new cases of COVID-19: one student and three employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.