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July 21, 2022

In Case You Missed It

Residential Student Reminders

All undergraduate and graduate students who live in UC San Diego-provided housing must follow Student Housing Safety Rules, which will help keep you and your fellow Tritons safe. Those attending Summer Session as well as new and returning students preparing for the fall quarter should be aware of these guidelines:
  • All students regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask within their residential unit (except for their personal bedrooms or in the shower) during Phase 1 of move-in, the first two weeks of their session or quarter. Masks are also required when inside residential buildings and outside personal residential units (e.g. halls, elevators, lobbies, etc.).
  • Students must be fully vaccinated — including the recommended booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible — or have an approved exemption per UC vaccination policy.
  • Residential students must complete a daily symptom and exposure screening. Also, students who are unvaccinated or not up-to-date on their vaccination status must test twice-weekly (every 3-5 days) unless they have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Learn more on the student screening and testing page.

Running Behind-the-Scenes: CA Notify App

In September 2020, UC San Diego students and employees became the first participants of the CA Notify smartphone tool, which works behind-the-scenes to send alerts to you if you were in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
The app is still available, now with millions of subscribers across California, and can help you discover whether you may have been exposed to someone while in a crowded public place — something that is more important than ever with case numbers rising in San Diego County. More information about how to download and activate the app can be found on the CA Notify website.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Wednesday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Robert Chip Schooley is interviewed for a news segment with KPBS.

In the News

UC San Diego School of Medicine Professor Dr. Robert "Chip" Schooley joined KPBS Midday Edition to talk about the monkeypox virus.
He discussed how monkeypox is very different from COVID-19, what lessons health officials learned from the coronavirus pandemic that are being used to prepare for monkeypox, and more. 

Your Questions Answered

Question: What happens if a residential student tests positive during the summer?
Answer: UC San Diego has set aside a building for summer isolation housing for our students.
Individuals without roommates will need to isolate in place (in their current location). While isolating, students may briefly leave the bedroom for bathroom needs and to pick up food ordered through the Triton2Go mobile app, maintaining masking at all times. Students in isolation may pick up masks and rapid antigen test kits for use after Day 5 at the Emergency Operations Center on campus (University Center 401, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
As a reminder, students who live in on-campus housing are required to comply with mandatory COVID-19 testing, daily symptom screening and masking guidance; isolate if they receive a positive COVID-19 test result; and follow quarantine guidance if they are exposed to COVID-19. Students can pick up a self-administered COVID-19 test kit at one of the numerous vending machines across campus. Please drop off samples by 2 p.m. for results within 24 hours.
Question: Is housing open for Fall Quarter 2022?
Answer: Yes. On-campus housing communities and dining facilities will remain open with enhanced precautionary measures to help protect the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
Question: Will residential students be assigned housing based on vaccination status?
Answer: Housing assignments will not be based on vaccination status. The scientific modeling demonstrates a higher risk of viral infections on campus if unvaccinated students are housed together.
Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status. Room moves based on a student’s roommate’s known or unknown vaccination status will not be considered.
The science modeling has shown that there is a low risk of transmission if vaccinated and unvaccinated students are roomed together. Housing all unvaccinated students solely together would increase risk of infections.
For more information about Fall Quarter 2022 housing, please visit the HDH website.
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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