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May 19, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Employee Return to Campus Support Desk

Between June 1 and September 1, employees will gradually be invited to return to campus for on-site work. A Support Desk has been established to address any questions and concerns campus staff employees may have about returning to campus. The Support Desk is available now with service Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact the desk by phone at 858-246-3570 or by email at  

Fall Course Registration

Fall course registration is now open for continuing students. Based on guidance from the UC Office of the President and detailed modeling from our public health experts, we are planning for Fall 2021 teaching to be primarily in-person with normal classroom occupancy. Beginning July 1, academic departments, working with the Registrar, will be able to change classroom requests and/or instruction modality for specific courses as needed. 

Student Vaccination Submission

For students who receive their vaccination off-campus outside of UC San Diego Health and are fully vaccinated, please submit your vaccination information to be exempted from the university’s weekly testing requirement. To do so, log into your MyStudentChart and send a message to “ASK-A-NURSE" in the Messages tab, including which vaccine you received, and the dates administered. If you have additional questions, contact

Free Triton-Designed Masks

Students were invited to get creative and imagine a new look for campus masks. Following the campus-wide contest, two student designs have been chosen and are now available, as well as a UC San Diego mask with the university logo. Students and employees are invited to pick up one free mask. Click here to see designs and pick up locations.

Upcoming Town Halls

Faculty and Research Town Hall

Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.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.
Community member receiving a COVID-19 vaccine shot at UC San Diego.

Walk Up Vaccination Now Available

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to all UC San Diego students, faculty, staff and members of the public age 12 and up at RIMAC—no appointment necessary. We are asking that everyone in our Triton community get fully vaccinated by June 1 as the RIMAC Vaccination Station is scheduled to permanently close the following day. Please bring your campus ID.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Will UC San Diego require students to be fully vaccinated in Fall 2021?
Answer: On April 22, the UC Office of the President announced a proposed Presidential Policy, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program. Under the proposed policy, the University would require students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff who are accessing campus facilities at any UC location beginning this fall to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Those with questions or comments are encouraged to submit them to no later than May 31, 2021. After the 30-day comment period, additional information will be announced.
Question: Which vaccines will be accepted to fulfil the vaccine requirement?
Answer: UC San Diego will accept WHO-approved vaccines. Additionally, we will make “booster” shots available to any students who may have received vaccines that are not as efficacious or that do not protect against strains circulating in the fall. There are no known negative health risks to additional vaccinations. We anticipate that, in fact, booster shots will be required for all vaccines as immunity wanes and as the virus evolves.
Question: How will a course’s format be determined for Fall 2021?
Answer: When Fall 2021 course registration opens, course offerings will be primarily listed as in-person, with the exception of R courses. Beginning July 1, 2021, academic departments, working with the Registrar, will be able to change classroom requests and/or instruction modality for specific courses, as needed to support students impacted by visa or travel restrictions, handle any county/state/CDC restrictions on classroom occupancy, and accommodate specific faculty needs. Please refer to the April 5 campus notice for additional details
For more information, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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