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April 20, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Spring Campus Operations Update

  • Students, faculty and staff coming to campus who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to test weekly.
  • Opportunities for limited in-person events for our students, staff and faculty are now available.
  • Students living in campus-operated housing are now permitted to return to Phase II, which allows individuals to be unmasked in their residential suite.
  • The Three’s Company Program has expanded from three students per group to 10 students per group for outdoor settings only.

Student Testing Requirement Update

Non-vaccinated students who are currently living in University-owned housing or coming to campus for any reason must continue to test weekly and complete the symptom screener daily. Fully vaccinated students do not need to test weekly any longer, only if they become symptomatic, but need to continue the daily symptom screening if they are living in University-owned housing/coming to campus for any reason. For students who are fully vaccinated, please fill out this form to be exempted from the weekly testing requirement. If you have additional questions, contact

New Handwashing Hits

Don’t forget to follow good health practices, like thoroughly washing your hands. New bathroom signage is being posted across campus with 20 seconds of lyrics from songs selected by our Triton community. Sing songs by Taylor Swift and Harry Styles to help you achieve the recommended 20 seconds of washing.
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Employees: What is Your Ideal Workplace?

IdeaWave is being utilized to gather feedback from our staff community to complement the Reimagining the Workplace Staff Survey. Please login and join our Embracing a New Vision for our Workplace campaign. Check out some of your colleagues’ contributions which include:

Upcoming Town Halls

Faculty Town Hall

Tuesday, Apr. 27, at 1:30 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.

Your Questions Answered

Question: What should I know about the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Vaccine pause?
Answer: On April 13, 2021, CDC and FDA recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Of the nearly 7 million doses administered so far in the United States, a small number of reports of a rare and severe type of blood clot have been reported in people after receiving the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.
We do not know enough yet to say if the vaccine is related to or caused this health issue. To be extra careful, CDC and FDA recommend that the vaccine not be given until we learn more. For more information, visit the CDC website.
Question: Are off-campus students allowed to attend events on campus during Spring Quarter?
Answer: Opportunities for limited in-person events for our students, staff and faculty are now available and include graduation ceremonies and celebrations, dance practices, packaging and distribution (e.g., DIY kits), and speaker engagements. As we continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, in-person planned events must be held outdoors in accordance with county and campus guidelines. All current UC San Diego students are allowed to attend on campus events at this time.
Question: Can I attend an athletic event on campus?
Answer: To better support our dedicated scholar-athletes, a limited number of guest passes for select home outdoor intercollegiate athletic events will be issued to active team members only. Complimentary admission for a maximum of two guests per scholar-athlete under specific guidelines will be made available through ARMS and Paciolan, online systems managed by the athletic department. Spectators should be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Symptom screening will occur at the event.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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