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March 4, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Students: Haven’t Been Boosted?

The deadline for students to provide proof of full vaccination, which includes a booster, was March 1. After this date, students that can receive a booster should do so as soon as possible but within 30 days. If you are eligible for a booster but recently were positive for COVID-19, you will have up to 90 days after being infected to receive your booster. If you haven’t already done so, please schedule your booster, submit your COVID-19 vaccination documentation, or request an exception or deferral as soon as possible to prevent non-compliance with the UC Vaccine Mandate.
Students not fully vaccinated nor approved to be exempted or deferred from the requirement risk the health and safety of others. Accordingly, the UC Vaccine Mandate prohibits them from being physically present on campus or at University-supported Activities. Additionally, they may be subject to further disciplinary actions, including referral to the Office of Student Conduct, placement of a student account hold, and subject to Housing or other actions. For more information about vaccination status definitions and the COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Process, please visit COVID-19 Vaccination Compliance.

Pandemic Resilient Teaching

The pandemic has reshaped our teaching and learning practices in profound ways. Innovations that have supported remote instruction will continue to be valuable instructional assets, even as course modalities change with our return to campus. Faculty are encouraged to visit the Keep Teaching website, led by the Teaching & Learning Commons, to get tips on how to leverage what worked from their remote instructional experiences to offer meaningful, engaging educational experiences as we continue to transition back to campus instruction.

Where Are You Working?

Over the past year, many UC San Diego campus employees experienced changes in their work schedule and location due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As employees continue re-establishing their work arrangements (including on-site, remote and hybrid schedules), it is important that we maintain an accurate database of when and where campus employees conduct their work. If you have not yet, please take a moment to update your Work Location Status, which contributes to campus space and safety planning.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Wednesday, March 23  
2 p.m.
Join us for a spotlight on staff learning and development, updates related to the pandemic, information about campus health and safety protocols and other topics important to UC San Diego staff. 

Alumnus on Antiviral Pill Development Team

Jacobs School of Engineering alumnus Britton Boras, now a Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer, was part of the team that developed the Paxlovid COVID-19 antiviral pill, the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA emergency use authorization. Boras shares what it was like to work on the highly anticipated drug and how his graduate degree prepared him in this Q&A.

Your Questions Answered

Question:  Where can UC San Diego visitors and guests learn about the latest safety protocols before their trip to campus?
Answer: The UC San Diego campus is operating with enhanced safety protocols, which have been established in alignment with county and state guidelines to help protect the wellbeing of our campus community.
The Information for Visitors webpage outlines the required protocols for:
  • Attending a campus event
  • Unaffiliated visitors (excluding events/athletics guests)
  • Invited guests (excluding events/athletics guests)
  • On-campus special non-affiliates
  • On-campus construction contractors and contracted service providers
Question: What should I know about holding meetings and special events on campus during Winter Quarter?
Answer: Meetings and special events that can be held remotely should be held online unless the in-person experience is critical. It is strongly recommended that all in-person meetings and special events are temporarily convened outdoors. Please visit the Return to Learn Event and Meeting Planning webpage to learn more about the event approval process, event and meeting requirements and more.
Question: Can I attend an Athletic event on campus?
Answer: Yes, we encourage fans to attend games! Those wishing to attend an indoor event at RIMAC Arena will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of the game. All spectators must wear a KN95 mask over their nose and mouth. Those who need a mask will be provided one on-site. No food or drinks are allowed within the arena. Those attending outdoor competitions are encouraged to wear a mask. Learn more: 
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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