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October 6, 2021

In Case You Missed It

Guidelines for Campus Affiliates

New information about which campus affiliates are subject to the UC vaccination mandate as well as campus safety guidelines have been added to the Compliance webpage. These updates are relevant for temporary employees, on-site independent contractors, staff volunteers, visiting scholars and more. Guidelines for additional groups and non-affiliates are being reviewed and will be added on this webpage once finalized. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supplies

Safety for Athletics Spectators
The campus and local community are invited to attend home games happening this fall. All spectators are required to wear a mask at all times and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the last 48 hours; physical distancing measures may be in place for indoor venues. More information about safety guidelines at home games can be found here
Updated Privacy Policy
Your privacy is important to you, and it is important to us. UC San Diego is committed to treating all information generated as a result of the Campus Health Management Program with a high level of privacy and security protections. An update on privacy practices is now available on the Privacy webpage.

Updated Exposure Guidelines

When an individual has been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, they are at risk of acquiring a COVID-19 infection. If an individual becomes infected, they may or may not develop symptoms. All individuals must complete a COVID-19 test upon notification of an exposure by a public health provider and 5 days after exposure.
Vaccinated students and campus employees without symptoms may attend class, work, and participate in other campus activities while remaining masked at all times and alone when eating.
Unvaccinated students and campus employees
  • Must quarantine for 7 days after exposure and cannot attend class, work or campus activities.
  • Must have a negative COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure and remain symptom free.
  • Once the first two guidelines are met, unvaccinated employees may return to work on Day 11 as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.

Faculty and Research Town Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.
A group of UC San Diego students sitting at a table outside in North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood Title screen for a video about navigating the UC San Diego campus this fall

Campus Transformation

UC San Diego is experiencing a significant and exciting transformation, with multiple projects underway to make the campus a premier destination for students, patients and community members. Read the newest feature story and watch our latest video about new spaces for living, learning and working; how outdoor areas are being activated; how our new wayfinding system works; flexible parking options; and more.

Your Questions Answered

Question: What are the face covering guidelines at UC San Diego?
Answer: General guidelines for outdoor settings: All students, faculty and staff are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks outdoors while on campus. Attendees at outdoor campus events must wear a face mask if required by the event organizer. Vaccinated students and campus employees who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus must also mask outdoors.
General guidelines for indoor settings: Regardless of vaccination status, all persons must wear a mask or face covering at all indoor locations at UC San Diego. This includes shopping, dining areas (eating and drinking should be done outdoors or when enclosed in a private office, so long as you haven't been exposed), public transportation (including any UC vehicle transporting employees or students from different households), exercising, studying indoors at a location that is not your primary residence, attending indoor business meetings and indoor events. Laboratory settings require everyone to be masked
Learn more on the Campus Safety page.
Question: What is the CA Notify app?
Answer: CA Notify is a free service that quickly notifies you if you were exposed to COVID-19. By downloading the app to your mobile device, you can continue protecting yourself and help stop the spread of infection. The program is completely voluntary and your personal information and location is never collected. You will only receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. More information about the service can be found on the CA Notify website.
Question: If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?
Answer: No. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease. To learn more about booster shots, visit the CDC website.
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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