Your Top Questions Answered
Question: If there is an outbreak on campus, will students have to leave our residence halls and go home?
Answer: In the event of an outbreak, we will follow the instructions of State and County public health officials. At this time, we do not plan to send students home in the event of an outbreak. We have processes in place to quickly test large numbers of individuals, manage contact tracing efforts, isolate sick students, and quarantine potentially exposed students and/or employees. It is important to remember that since the beginning of the pandemic, UC San Diego has continued to house thousands of students in on-campus residences.
Question: Will there be more flexible options for staff to continue to work from home after we start returning to campus?
Answer: Yes, the campus understands that for many employees it may be difficult to return to exactly how they used to work before the pandemic. Individual units will need to determine what will be most appropriate for their staff using the principles of the Return to Campus Task Force, which includes guidance for units asking staff to return to on-campus work only when it is necessary that their work be done on campus. Staff who can work remotely should continue to work remotely unless there is a reason why staff should return to working on campus. In addition, the campus has required a reduced campus density, which follows state and county mandates. Ultimately, employees will need flexible options and the University understands that staff will be looking for ways to find a balanced return to working on-site and remotely.
Question: What are the consequences for not complying with public safety requirements on campus?
Answer: We are counting on the members of our campus community to comply with the campus safety requirements to promote the health and welfare of all. We prefer to address those individuals that are putting the campus community at risk through education first, but the campus reserves the right to address continued non-compliance through progressive engagement and discipline, in accordance with appropriate policies and processes for students, faculty, and staff. See more information under Engagement and Intervention.