Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Our current public health situation requires us to be flexible. The questions below are meant to provide answers to some commonly asked questions.

If you aren’t finding the information you are looking for here, please share your questions with us, and we’ll get back to you.

Move-In

When will students know what time they are slated to move in?

Students will receive an email the week of 8/29 from the community they have been assigned to with a link to schedule a move-in appointment.

What if I can’t move-in on the specific date I was given?

You can sign up for alternative days using the appointment link that was emailed to you from your community. Please contact your Housing Coordinator if you are unable to move in during the alternate days and times available through the move-in appointment link.

I tested positive before move-in. What should I do?

Please do not come to campus if you test positive or are symptomatic. Please contact your Housing Coordinator to reschedule your move-in date and follow these instructions from Student Health Services.

Are guests allowed on campus?

There are no guest restrictions at this time, but we advise you to check with your roommates or housemates to ensure you are on the same page regarding expectations around having guests. You can also have “helpers” (friends or family) assist you with move-in.


Testing

I’m a student living in university housing. What are my testing requirements?

Testing 24 hours before you come to campus is required with either an at-home rapid antigen test or a PCR test. Please do not come to campus if you test positive or are symptomatic. Instead, please contact your Housing Coordinator to reschedule your move-in date and follow these instructions from Student Health Services.

After you arrive, you will need to take a PCR test within a week. It’s super easy, and no appointment is necessary! You will be given a PCR test kit when you receive your keys during move-in

I’m a student living off campus. What are my testing requirements?

Testing 24 hours before you come to campus is required with either an at-home rapid antigen test or a PCR test. Please do not come to campus if you test positive. Please follow these instructions from Student Health Services.

After you arrive, you will also be required to take a PCR test within a week. When you arrive on campus, please pick up a PCR test kit. Kits are available at the College Housing Offices, Bay Tree Campus Store, McHenry Library, or the Science and Engineering Library.

Where do I pick up a COVID test kit if I’m living off campus?

Kits are available at the College Housing Offices, Bay Tree Campus Store, McHenry Library, or the Science and Engineering Library.

I thought testing was no longer required on campus for students. Is that true?

We need to have one PCR test on file at the beginning of the quarter for each student. It’s super easy, and no appointment is necessary!

I tested positive for COVID-19, and I’m on campus. What should I do?

If you test positive and are on campus, immediately isolate and follow the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Instructions.

I tested positive for COVID-19, and I’m away from campus. What should I do?

If you test positive, please do not come to campus. Immediately isolate, and follow the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Instructions.

Are you still doing ongoing COVID testing?

Ongoing (surveillance) testing is not currently required for students, faculty, or staff (unless you are a university healthcare worker). However, free asymptomatic testing is still available for the campus at the following locations. Testing will help to protect your health and your fellow Slugs.

I’m a graduate student, and I never left campus. Do I need to test?

Since you haven’t left campus, you do not need to take a pre-arrival test. However, we are asking all students to take one PCR test within the first week of the fall quarter. Please pick up a PCR test kit. Kits are available after Sept. 17 at the College Housing Offices, Bay Tree Campus Store, McHenry Library, or the Science and Engineering Library.


Isolation

I live in university housing, where will isolate if I test positive for COVID or MPX?

COVID-19

Most of our campus community is up-to-date on their vaccinations and there are more therapeutics available now to reduce the severity of COVID. Students living in university housing who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate in place.

MPX (Monkeypox)

The campus isolation team will work with you to coordinate the next steps. You will be asked to immediately relocate to off-site accommodations for a maximum 24-hour period while family members or friends come to take you home. For those who need special accommodations, we will work with you and your family to help make appropriate arrangements.

My roommate tested positive for COVID-19 what should I do?

COVID-19

For students living in university housing with underlying medical conditions that have a roommate who has tested positive, we may have temporary accommodations available for the period in which their roommate is testing positive.

What resources are available if I need to isolate?

Students who test positive are advised to follow the COVID-19 Positive Test Result Instructions. The campus isolation team will work with students living in university housing to provide guidance and assistance such as how long to isolate, how to inform faculty and close contacts, and the UC Dining Buddy Meal Program.


Badging

Will you be using the campus badging system?

The campus COVID-19 student badging system is no longer in use. The campus notification system remains in operation. When students test positive using a campus testing facility, notifications will be sent to the student’s instructors. For all students who test positive (either on campus or off), they have been asked to notify all of their close contacts including their instructors.


Vaccinations

Do I still need to get vaccinated for COVID?

The UC Vaccination Policy for COVID-19 remains in effect. If you are new to campus, you must enter your vaccination dates and upload your COVID-19 vaccination card. If you do not upload proof of vaccination or show proof of filing a request for an exception, you will not be in compliance with the Policy. All students (both undergraduate and graduate) are required to adhere to the UC Vaccination Policy. Students may be referred to student conduct (or to Staff HR as an employee) for non-compliance with university policy.

Am I required to get a flu shot this year?

The University of California issued an executive order in Fall 2021 requiring flu vaccination for all students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff who learn, live, or work at a UC location. Vaccination against influenza is an essential measure in protecting the health of our communities based on a review of guidance from public health authorities and scientific studies, as well as consultation with UC experts.

Will you be holding COVID and flu clinics this fall?

Student Health Services will hold vaccination clinics for COVID and flu for students at the Stevenson Event Center from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 23. Appointments will be available two weeks before these dates.

Risk Services is partnering with Kaiser to provide flu shot clinics for employees on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Bay Tree Conference Center.


MPX (Monkeypox)

Will you be offering the MPX vaccine?

Student Health Services has partnered with local and state public health departments to get access to the vaccine (JYNNEOS) and antiviral (Tecovirimat (TPOXX) treatments against MPX (formerly referred to as monkeypox) for eligible students. **However, we have an extremely limited vaccine supply at this time. We are prioritizing students who are close contacts with a known MPX case and are considered high risk. **

Students who meet the following criteria may be eligible for the JYNNEOS vaccine:

  • Presumed contacts who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox.
  • Individuals in a Tier I or Tier II high-risk priority group as defined by the California Department of Public Health.
  • Known close contacts who are identified by public health via case investigation, contact tracing, and risk exposure assessments.

I think I’ve been exposed to MPX. What should I do?

Students with questions or concerns about their MPX risk, symptoms, exposure, or testing, are advised to contact Student Health Services via Health e-Messenger: click Messages > New Message > Monkeypox Disease Questions. Or Health e-Messenger - questions about eligibility for the Monkeypox vaccine: click Messages > New Message > Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility Questionnaire or call the Nurse Advice Line: (831) 459-2591.

I tested positive for MPX, and I live on campus. What should I do?

Please contact Student Health Services immediately at (831) 459-2591 or Health e-Messenger to get instructions. If you live in university housing, our campus isolation team will work with you to coordinate the next steps. You will be asked to immediately relocate to off-site accommodations for a maximum 24-hour period while family members or friends come to take you home. For those who need special accommodations, we will work with you and your family to help make appropriate arrangements.


Masking

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Masks will still be required in clinical settings, such as Student Health Services and indoor COVID-19 testing sites. Wearing masks in other indoor spaces, such as classrooms, dining facilities, and on Campus Transit vehicles / METRO buses, is strongly recommended.

Is the campus still providing masks?

The university is continuing to provide free masks to the campus community. They can be picked up at the following locations.

Are masks required to ride Campus Transit and METRO?

Masks are strongly recommended to board and ride Campus Transit vehicles.


Dining

What is the dining protocol this quarter?

The protocol this quarter is:

  • Face coverings/masks are strongly recommended when not seated at a table and eating.
  • Use the hand sanitizer station when you arrive at a dining facility.
  • Wash your hands before and after eating.
  • No refills! Use a new clean cup if you want more to drink.
  • If you want seconds in a dining hall, grab a clean plate after putting your used plate on the dish return.
  • Follow the guidance on the signs posted throughout the facility.