Get ready for the September 9, 2021 vaccination/exemption/deferral deadline
Get ready for the September 9, 2021 vaccination/exemption/deferral deadline
Dear Students:
As University of California President Drake announced last spring, all UC campuses are proceeding with in-person classes and campus services this fall. And as we shared with you in our July 27 message, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at UCSB, a mandatory SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccination policy is now in effect. Additionally, masks are required for all in shared indoor spaces and campus testing and contact tracing protocols are in place.
Thank you to the almost 80% of students who have already complied with the mandatory SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Policy by submitting their proof of vaccination or request for exemption or deferral to the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway. The progress shown thus far indicates that our students are taking the health and safety of our campus community seriously, and we anticipate a very high compliance rate by the September 9 deadline.
The deadline for all students to comply is September 9, 2021 with UCSB initiating a registration block starting September 7, 2021 to ensure maximum compliance
Go to Student Health Patient Portal Gateway
COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Enforcement
As with any University policy, there will be enforcement and corrective action taken for students who do not comply by the deadline. The following steps will be taken, progressively, if the requirement remains unmet:
  • Registration Block – A registration block will be placed on the student's GOLD account on September 7. This will prevent them from viewing their fall schedule in GOLD and restrict their ability to add or drop courses until they are in compliance with the policy. 

  • Student Conduct Directive Not to Attend Classes or Co-curricular Activities –Any student who has not complied with the policy will be issued a directive from the Office of Student Conduct instructing them not to attend in-person classes, utilize in-person campus resources such as the Library, University Center, and Recreation Center, or attend co-curricular activities. This directive will only be rescinded upon compliance with the policy, no exceptions. Students who receive this directive WILL NOT BE CLEARED for attendance at in-person classes or to utilize in-person campus resources.Your badge for campus access will prevent you from receiving clearance to attend classes or access facilities. 

  • University Charge for Conduct Code Violation – Any student who does not comply with the directive once classes begin on September 23, 2021 will be subject to a University charge in violation of Section 102.16 of the UCSB Student Conduct Code, and will be subject to University discipline up to and including dismissal.
Not sure if you have complied with the vaccine mandate?
Don’t wait until the last minute!
You can check the status of your record in the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway under “Medical Clearances” to confirm that your COVID-19 immunization shows as “Complete.”
Do not wait to submit proof of vaccine or request for exemption or deferral. Unforeseen delays can happen, and requests may take time to process. The deadline is firm. Act now to avoid a registration block for Fall 2021, Pass 2!
Students with a legitimate reason for not being fully vaccinated (two weeks past the last dose) by September 9, such as lack of availability in the country in which they currently reside or inability to receive a second dose in time, must request a temporary deferral in the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway.
More information, including frequently asked questions and how to comply, can be found online at
Not attending Fall Quarter?
Students who began their studies at UCSB Fall 2020 or earlier and who are not planning to attend Fall 2021 should cancel their registration as soon as possible. New students this fall should not cancel their registration; instead, students admitted for Fall 2021 can request a one-quarter deferral from the Office of Admissions (select "Defer Admissions Request" in the category dropdown). Each deferral is carefully reviewed by Admissions. You should wait to hear back from Admissions as to whether your request is approved prior to making any final arrangements regarding your possible absence from campus.
We appreciate you doing your part to help our campus reach the goal of being a fully vaccinated campus. Questions about the vaccination policy, vaccine availability, exemptions, deferrals, or other related issues may be directed to the COVID-19 Call Center at (805) 893-3113 or via email at
With appreciation,

Margaret Klawunn
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director, Student Health
Campus Physician 
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