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September 10, 2020
The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide the campus community with important updates and recent news related to the Return to Learn program. If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the program, please email

In Case You Missed It

Undergraduate Move-In

Undergraduate move-in will be staggered over a 10-day period, Sept.19 through 28, 2020. During move-in, students will be required to take a COVID-19 test at no cost to them upon arrival to campus. Student housing will experience an approximately 50% reduction from typical density. 

Employee Remote Work

Employees who are currently working remotely should continue to do so at least through Dec. 31, 2020 (unless otherwise notified by your supervisor). Only 25% of faculty and staff will be working on-site to reduce campus density.

Required Daily Symptom and Exposure Screening

All UC San Diego employees and students who are reporting to campus or any other physical UC San Diego location must complete and submit a daily self-screening for COVID-19. Students will need to register once before completing the daily student self-screening. Campus employees can register once and complete daily self-screening on Blink.

Fall Instruction

Current plans are to offer 12% of Fall 2020 courses using an in-person or hybrid modality. The remaining courses will be conducted remotely.

Update on Wastewater Testing Results

On. Sept. 5, UC San Diego announced that the campus’s early detection system identified traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the wastewater flow from the Revelle College Area. We have tested 368 students and 279 employees. To date, all students tested negative and we have identified two employees who tested positive for the virus. These employees have been notified and are quarantined off campus until they are cleared to return.

Upcoming Town Halls

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Student Town Hall

September 10, 5:00 p.m.
Join us as campus leaders share updates on the Return to Learn program and address your questions related to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty Town Hall | September 18, 2:30 p.m.

Staff Town Hall | September 24, 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Chip Schooley

Your Top Questions Answered

Question: What testing is available?
Answer: All employees and students are eligible for COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic testing at a UC San Diego Health location at no cost, regardless of healthcare provider. This type of testing will only detect an active infection. 
**If you are an undergraduate student moving in on Sept 19-28, your testing is scheduled as part of your undergraduate move-in. Please use the MyRoomAssignment link below to schedule your test which will correspond to your move in time. 
Question: Is COVID-19 testing mandatory?
Answer: Testing is mandatory for all students who are living or coming onto campus for various activities such as studying, research, work and recreation. Required testing will take place every 2 weeks with each test at least 12 days apart and with no more than 16 days between tests. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to test regularly, ideally every 12-16 days. All testing provided by UC San Diego is at no-cost to you.
Question: What makes UC San Diego’s program distinct from other higher education institutions?
Answer: The Return to Learn program is designed with three adaptive pillars that will promote on-campus safety this fall, which are transmission reduction tactics, monitoring viral activity, and public health interventions. The success of our plan is dependent on the full support of our community in following campus safety requirements, including regular testing, wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing, completing the daily symptom and exposure screening, and washing hands often. Visit the About the Return to Learn Program webpage for more information about our three pillars of success.
If you live, work, or study on campus, you are unfortunately still at risk of developing COVID-19. The SARS-CoV- 2 virus that causes COVID-19 has the ability to spread wherever people congregate. Because of this, it is impossible to eliminate all risks of transmission among the campus population, even when the community is careful and abides by health and safety requirements like wearing face coverings. We are working diligently to protect our campus community, and we are following the instructions from state and local public health officials. If a major outbreak were to occur, the campus is prepared to change our plans if necessary.