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September 15, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Student Housing Safety Rules

Students who live in UC San Diego-provided housing must comply with mandatory COVID-19 testing, daily symptom screening, and masking guidance; isolate if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result; follow quarantine guidance if they are exposed to COVID-19; as well as sequester if they are unvaccinated and participate in off-campus unmasked activities.

Refresh: How to Test

Campus Testing Requirements
Vaccinated students: Weekly testing required for the first four weeks of the quarter
Unvaccinated students: Ongoing twice weekly testing required
Vaccinated employees: Weekly testing encouraged
Unvaccinated employees: Ongoing twice weekly testing required
COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machines
All students and employees with a campus ID card are eligible to use the campus self-administered test kit vending machines. While test kits are still free, a virtual debit of $1 will happen automatically on your campus card account, followed by an immediate credit return that will balance out to zero each day; there will be no actual charge.
First-Time Test at UC San Diego
Campus employees coming to campus who are completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test must schedule an appointment at the Price Center clinic or a drive-thru testing site. To do this, please use your AD credentials to login to MyChart (employees). After your first appointment-based test is completed, you can then use the self-administered vending machines.
Students may use campus vending machines for their first-time test. Alternatively, students may schedule an appointment at the Price Center clinic or a drive-thru testing site. To do this, please use your AD credentials to login to MyStudentChart (students)
Provider-Administered Walk-Up and Drive-Thru Testing                                  
For those who would like to schedule a drive-up or walk-through appointment, including those completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, please use the links below. Note that drive-up appointments may have limited availability. Locations include Price Center, Hillcrest, La Jolla, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo and Eastlake.

Upcoming Town Halls

Faculty & Research Town Hall

Monday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Staff Town Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.

Events Town Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Video about how to use COVID-19 test kit vending machines at UC San Diego

How to Use COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machines

To make testing quick and convenient, 20 COVID-19 test kit vending machines are located across campus. Students and employees with a campus ID card may pick up a self-administered test kit and return their sample within 72 hours at a drop box near a vending machine. On average, test results are returned within 24 hours.

Your Questions Answered

Question: How have classrooms been prepared for a safe return, and what safeguards are in place?
Answer: Facilities Management has provided extensive information on their activities preparing classrooms and other facilities for individuals to return to the campus in fall 2021. More information about the specifics related to air filtration in classrooms and campus buildings, as well as cleaning protocols and more can be found on their COVID-19 information page. Technology support can be found on the Educational Technology Support page on the Keep Teaching website.
Question: What happens if a student in my class tests positive?
Answer: When a student tests positive, the contact tracing team immediately takes over. The student will need to quarantine for up to 10 days. The contact tracing team will determine if others were exposed through contact with the infected individual, and if so, they will be contacted and advised to get tested. If all protocols are followed (including vaccine mandates and masking), being in a room with an infected individual does not automatically qualify as exposure.
Question: Who needs to conduct the daily symptom screening?
Answer: All UC San Diego employees and students who are coming to campus or any other physical UC San Diego location must complete and submit a daily self-screening for COVID-19 before arrival. More information can be found on the Testing and Screening page
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.