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April 28, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Campus Dining Update

Beginning on Monday, May 3, indoor dining at campus eateries will open at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, per state and county guidelines. This campus guideline only applies to Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) and campus affiliate eateries. Guests are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking. 

Student Weekly Testing Exemption

On-campus students who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final vaccine dose) may be exempted from the weekly testing requirement by filling out this form. Fully vaccinated students still have access to symptomatic testing, and should continue to complete the daily symptom screener. Additional questions can be directed to

Vaccination Appointment Accommodation

For those who are seeking a vaccination appointment at RIMAC and who have an extenuating circumstance related to medical, religious or family matters, please reach out to us at so that we can assist you in your appointment scheduling.

Socializing in Groups Outdoors

UC San Diego’s safer outdoor socializing program has been expanded to allow students to socialize in small groups (10 or fewer) so long as they are outside, wearing face coverings and observing physical distancing. Outdoor dining on-campus in groups of 10 or fewer will also be allowed. This program does not change the no-guest policy for campus residents.

Upcoming Town Halls

Student Town Hall

Tuesday, May 4, at 6 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.

The Impact of COVID-19 on San Diego’s

Refugee Community

Team members from the Refugee Health Unit along with community health care workers.
The Refugee Health Unit, part of the Center for Community Health at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, is supporting members of communities that are facing systemic inequities. Two mobile vaccine clinics have been launched with UC San Diego Health, which have offered vaccinations to approximately 1,500 individuals from the refugee community and people of color. Read the full story.

Your Questions Answered

Question: If I am fully vaccinated and coming to campus, do I need to fulfill the weekly asymptomatic testing requirement?
Answer: Following the science from our faculty and researchers and under the guidance of federal and state agencies, our weekly asymptomatic testing requirement for those who have been fully vaccinated has been lifted. 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.
Question: Will the 2021 commencement ceremonies be in person?
Answer: Graduates will have the opportunity to attend ceremonies in person on RIMAC Field or Triton Track, with no more than two guests. All graduates and guests must be fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID-19 test within 24 to 72 hours prior to the ceremony. To learn more, visit
Question: What else should I know about the commencement ceremonies?
Answer: Separate ceremonies will be held for each undergraduate college as well as the Graduate Division, Rady School of Management and the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Events will reflect the culture of each college and division and will feature an address from the Chancellor, a keynote talk by alumna and Black Lives Matter Global Network co-founder Alicia Garza, and a student speaker. Each registered graduate will be individually recognized whether joining remotely or in person, and the university will officially confer degrees upon all graduates.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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