Returning to Campus

New office signs about mask preferences

UC Santa Cruz has printable office signs available about mask preferences for in-person interactions on campus. Members of the campus community can download them online.

Departments can request multiple rapid antigen tests

UCSC departments can request multiple rapid antigen test kits for their operations.

Protocol for visitors and events

UC Santa Cruz has released an updated protocol for visitors and events. Read more.

COVID-19 Boosters

The Student Health Center is hosting booster shot clinics for students. Appointments can be scheduled online. You can also find a location providing them in your area on the Santa Cruz County Health website or California’s MyTurn website.

Check out the Santa Cruz County Health website to find a location providing them in your area.

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Most COVID-19 requirements have been lifted, though some requirements and recommendations remain:

  • COVID-19 Testing: The campus’s extensive testing strategy, which was extremely effective in fall quarter 2021, is designed to lay a solid foundation for our spring quarter. Learn more about testing requirements for students and for employees. Schedule a test online.
  • Obtain a booster when eligible The UC system COVID-19 vaccination policy requires faculty, staff, and students to obtain a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. UCSC’s deadline for compliance with the booster requirement was Jan. 31, 2022. Upload proof of your booster.
  • Face Coverings: Effective April 10, masks will not be required for most indoor settings at UC Santa Cruz facilities, but their use will still be strongly recommended. Masks will still be required on campus transit vehicles, METRO buses, and in clinical settings, such as the Student Health Center and at indoor COVID-19 testing sites. California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA guidelines both state that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must mask for 10 days following a positive test. As well, asymptomatic exposed individuals must mask for 10 days following an identified close contact to someone with COVID-19.

    KN95 masks and surgical masks are available on campus at many locations including the McHenry Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Bay Tree Bookstore. Learn more about requirements for face coverings.

  • Daily symptom checks: Employees and visitors, including those who are vaccinated, must complete daily symptom checks when they are on-site, a requirement set by Cal/OSHA.
  • COVID-19 training: COVID-19 training is still required for all employees who are on site at any UCSC facility. The current training is being revised, and we will pass along the revised information when it is ready.
  • UC vaccination policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all faculty, staff, academic appointees, and students accessing facilities at any UC campus this fall. Employees and students can submit proof of vaccination online or request an exemption.

Last update: March 30, 2022