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September 21, 2022

In Case You Missed It

New Meeting and Event Guidelines

The current status for events is yellow (see what each color means here). Formal approval from a Vice Chancellor is no longer required to host an event on campus; however, an Events and Activities Intake Form (departments and units) or a Triton Activities Planner (student organizations) is still required. There is also no longer a requirement for students, faculty and staff to show their daily symptom screener at events, nor the need for non-affiliate attendees to test within 24 hours of an event. See all meeting and event guideline updates here.

Don't Know Where to Start? See the On-Campus Checklist

Need a refresher on screening, testing and vaccination guidelines as we begin fall quarter? We’ve collected all of the key information that students and campus employees need to know as they return to in-person teaching, learning and working. Please refer to this page often for the latest information. Visit the On-Campus Checklist.

Need a COVID-19 Test?

Option 1: Self-administered test via vending machine
  • Who can access: students and campus employees
  • What to bring: your student or employee ID card and the UC San Diego app on your smartphone
  • Where: there are more than two dozen available on campus
  • When: samples are collected each day at 2 p.m
  • Cost: no fee for campus community
Option 2: Make an appointment
For those who would like to schedule a drive-up or walk-through appointment, including campus employees completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, please use the links below.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.

A video that describes how UC San Diego campus members can use the COVID-19 test kit vending machines

Your Questions Answered

Question: What are the current asymptomatic testing guidelines for UC San Diego students and campus employees?
Fully vaccinated: Routine asymptomatic testing is not required for students and campus employees who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination status.
Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated: Required twice weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 PCR testing (every 3-5 days). This includes those who received the initial vaccination doses and received your booster less than 7 days ago; those who have received the initial vaccination doses and are eligible for a booster but have not yet received a booster; and those who have not received the initial vaccination doses or are unvaccinated. Learn more on the Student Screening and Testing webpage and Employee Screening and Testing webpage.
Please note: These testing requirements do not apply to you if you have had COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
Question: Is UC San Diego still conducting universal contact tracing?
Answer: As per the CDC’s newest guidelines, UC San Diego will no longer be implementing universal contact tracing efforts. Students and campus employees will no longer be contacted by the UC San Diego Public Health Team to confirm exposures to COVID-19 as they previously were unless they are associated with a high-risk event. This updated guidance is in response to changes in the nature of the pandemic and the increasing availability of new tools to prevent transmission and mitigate illness.
To learn more about contact tracing, please review the related section on the Return to Learn Questions & Answers website.
Question: My campus card is not working at test kit vending machines. What should I do?
Answer: Please review the list of compatible campus ID cards for COVID-19 test kit vending machines. If you do not have one of these cards, you can still schedule a COVID-19 test at the Rec Gym walk-in or the La Jolla drive-up locations. You do not need money or a balance on the compatible campus ID card in order to use it for the test kit vending machines.
If you are still encountering issues with your ID card, we recommend that you reach out to the Campus Card Office to look into the issue.
More information is available on the Student Campus Cards and Employee Campus Cards webpages.
If you have specific questions or would like to submit feedback about the Return to Learn program, please email
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