Dear Student:
We hope your fall quarter is off to a good start. We are writing to provide further clarification about how to handle your class meetings and other academic commitments if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.
Daily Symptom Screener Required
It is required that you complete the UCSB Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey each day before arriving on campus and that you answer the daily symptom screen accurately to indicate if you have any of the listed symptoms. 
Students who have any new, unexpected, unexplained symptoms typical of COVID-19 (as described on the symptom screener) should not attend classes or other on-campus events until their symptoms have resolved and they have received a green clearance badge (a new, unexpected, unexplained symptom is one that is not related to an existing medical condition). We are delivering the same reminder to faculty and other instructors today to ensure that all of us share the same expectations.
We understand that there are other respiratory illnesses circulating that present symptoms similar to COVID-19. And again, if you have any of those symptoms, and they are not related to an existing medical condition, we ask that you not attend class until your symptoms have resolved and you have received a green clearance badge.
What to Do if You Are NOT CLEARED to Come to Campus
If you are not cleared for campus, please email your faculty members, instructors, and/or teaching assistants to share that you are not cleared to be on campus due to symptoms and ask for instructions about how you should keep up with your coursework. Faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants are expected to assist students who cannot attend class due to the campus COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
You should also get a COVID-19 test on campus, at no charge, by making a testing appointment through the Student Health Patient Portal. You are permitted to go on campus to get a COVID-19 test or go to Student Health even with a purple (not cleared) badge. After getting a test on campus, you will usually get your results later that day or the next day.
If you receive a negative result and you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume attending classes and on campus activities once your symptoms are resolving and you have been cleared by the UCSB Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey. See Student Health or another medical provider if you have another illness that requires treatment.
If you receive a negative result and you are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against COVID-19, any new and unexplained symptoms require a 10-day Isolation period due to the high risk of developing disease.
If you receive a positive result, you should not attend classes. You will be contacted by the Campus COVID-19 Response Team with additional instructions and resources (outreach is usually made within hours of the test result being published).
If you have questions related to COVID-19, you can contact the hotline at 805-893-3113 (during regular business hours) or (seven days a week).
Early Detection Will Strengthen Campus Planning Efforts
We have begun the UCSB COVID-19 Early Detection Testing & Monitoring Program. An email regarding this program was sent earlier this week. Your cooperation with that testing will assist us in determining more accurately how much COVID-19 is circulating in our UCSB community and help us to adjust our operations accordingly in the interest of the wellbeing of our campus community.
We thank you for your cooperation to keep everyone healthy and safe this fall. We hope you have a healthy and successful fall quarter.
Gerardo Aldana, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Creative Students

Yuval Cohen
President, Associated Students
Margaret Klawunn, Ph.D. 
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 
Michael Miller, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Interim Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Letters & Science
Tresa Pollock, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Engineering
Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director, Student Health & Campus Physician

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