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March 31, 2022
Did you miss our spring break issue? Click here to review our latest announcements on spring quarter masking, event guidance and more.

In Case You Missed It

On-Campus Checklist

Looking for one source of guidance? We’ve collected all of the key information that students and campus employees need to know for in-person learning, teaching and working. Learn about testing and vaccination requirements, what to do if you receive a positive result, masking guidelines and more.

Residential Student Testing

Students residing in campus-operated housing are expected to complete a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test no more than 24 hours after they return for the spring quarter, as well as again on Day 5, unless you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days. Effective April 4, assuming a low prevalence of the virus following the beginning of spring quarter, masking will no longer be required in on-campus residential housing.

Join a Study to Combat New COVID-19 Variants

Would you like to help protect others from emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants like Delta and Omicron if and when they emerge? UC San Diego's AntiViral Research Center is now recruiting for the COVAIL Trial (COVID-19 VAriant Immunologic Landscape Trial). This Phase 2 study evaluates the immune response and safety of updated vaccines, comparing the benefits to additional boosters of original vaccines. You must be 18 years of age or older and have completed the primary and booster vaccine series to participate. 

Upcoming Town Hall

Faculty and Research
Town Hall

Tuesday, Apr. 12
3 p.m.

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Stressful News Cycle Tips: 13 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

We are constantly bombarded with headlines, photographs and stories about the often troubling events unfolding around the world. How do we balance being informed while also creating boundaries to protect our mental wellness? Consider these 13 tips to become more strategic about how and when you consume media

Your Questions Answered

Question: Am I allowed to eat and drink at meetings and events at UC San Diego?
Answer: Food and drink are now allowed at indoor and outdoor meetings and events as well as outdoor instructional settings. However, food and drink remain not allowed within indoor instructional settings.
Students, staff and faculty attendees must show their daily symptom and exposure screener and have a green thumb to attend an event that has food or beverage. Learn more on the Meeting and Special Events webpage

Question: Do employees who returned to campus in winter quarter, reverted to a remote work setting for a period, then returned for spring quarter need to test upon their return to campus again?   

Answer: No. There is no longer a requirement for return to campus testing for employees. Learn more on the Employee Testing and Screening page.

Question: If a meeting of 10 people occurs in a room, they may be unmasked. But if a class of 10 people meets in the same room, they must be masked. Why?

Answer: Campus leadership decided, based on a variety of factors, that indoor instructional settings were more appropriate to retain masking. Meeting organizers should consider hybrid or Zoom options when there are aspects of the meeting that don't need to happen in person.
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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