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 recommends visiting to find a location near you to obatin a COVID-19 booster.

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

  • COVID-19 Testing: Asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 is avaible for students and employees. Learn more 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: Masks are not required for most indoor settings at UC Santa Cruz facilities, but their use is still strongly recommended. Masks are 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.

Last update: Aug 29, 2022