UCLA will return to in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 31. Read more.

Health and safety checklist: What do I need to do?

Our collective adherence to UCLA’s health and safety protocols is the key to making campus life a success. Here are the main requirements:

  • Complete a daily symptom check
    Fill out the Symptom Monitoring Survey each morning on the web or the UCLA Mobile app and receive your clearance certificate — it’s your “pass” to campus.
  • Wear a mask
    Upgraded masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, libraries and labs.
  • Test for COVID
    All students are required to test on campus once a week. Get the details on how and where to test and what to do if you test positive.

Fully remote students: Please update your status once within the Symptom Monitoring Survey to indicate you will not be on campus during the academic term.

For a full list of UCLA’s health and safety protocols, see our UCLA COVID protocols page.

Classes and instruction

Approximately 80% of courses are being taught in person. There are currently no caps on the number of students allowed in a classroom beyond normal room capacities, although some of our larger lecture courses are being conducted remotely (with discussion sections being held primarily in person).

Regardless of the size or location of the on-campus class, students are encouraged to remember these guidelines:

  • Complete a daily symptom check. Instructors will have access to a clearance portal to ensure that students attending class each day have cleared the mandatory Symptom Monitoring Survey.
  • Wear your mask. Face masks are required at all times during classroom instruction.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking. Exceptions can be made for hydration or the medically necessary consumption of food or medications as appropriate.

If you have to miss class

It’s likely some students will miss class due to isolation and quarantine protocols or because they haven’t been cleared by the Symptom Monitoring Survey.

The prospect of missing class time, projects or assessments can be daunting. Please know that your instructors are committed to accommodating students who can’t be in class for these reasons through video or audio streaming or recordings, makeup assignments and assessments, alternative projects, or other means. Instructors have been informed that students’ absences due to isolation or quarantine, or a failure to clear the daily symptom check, should not factor into any attendance component of their final grade.

If you need to isolate or quarantine, you should notify your course instructors as soon as possible and explain your circumstances. If an instructor requires a medical note, you can visit the Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center’s patient portal and select the medical excuse option under “Messages.”

If you are sick with COVID-19, you may qualify as temporarily disabled and receive support from the Center for Accessible Education following an interactive process with your instructor.

Temporary remote instruction

While instructors cannot simply decide to switch a course from in-person to remote instruction, they may teach up to two classes in a row remotely without prior authorization if they’re ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are temporarily isolating or quarantining, or are traveling for work or some other necessity.

Any shift to remote instruction that extends beyond two classes and lasts up to two weeks requires the approval of the department chair and/or dean; a change lasting longer than two weeks requires final approval from UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force’s education working group.

Rather than shifting to remote instruction, a fellow faculty member, co-instructor or teaching assistant may lead one or more classes if the primary instructor is not available.

Pivoting to hybrid or remote instruction

Significant changes in the public health landscape could require UCLA to make changes to instruction — including adjusting classroom density or enrollment limits or shifting to hybrid or completely remote instruction. Our COVID-19 Pivot Plan and Decision Matrix (PDF) describes the criteria that will inform possible changes in our operations.

Current remote courses

A small number of courses are scheduled for fully remote instruction, including those for which the instructor has a medical accommodation and can’t teach in person and certain courses that, were they not offered remotely and were offered only in person, could impact a student’s progress toward their degree.

Courses scheduled for remote instruction cannot be moved to in-person instruction.

Housing and dining

UCLA is offering triple-capacity rooms in on-campus housing. You need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to live on campus.

Those who qualify for an exception to the UC vaccination policy have been offered housing in UCLA’s off-campus university apartments by lottery.

Masking requirements

Masks are required in nearly all indoor spaces on campus, including common areas in UCLA residence halls and apartments. They aren’t required in your personal indoor living space. It is recommended, though, that you wear a mask in your living space when you’re in the presence of people from outside your immediate household.

Guest policy

Students may have one off-campus guest per resident in their room at a time. All guests must be cleared by UCLA’s online Symptom Monitoring Survey (using the “non–UCLA community member” form) before entering housing facilities and should be prepared to show proof of vaccination upon request. Guests staying overnight must be fully vaccinated and must be cleared by the survey each day.


During the fall term, UCLA will be performing regular cleanings and disinfections of all high-use common areas, restrooms and public spaces in the residence halls.

If you need to isolate or quarantine

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are found to have been in close contact with an infected person — within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period — you may need to spend time in isolation or quarantine. To understand how this works, please see our isolation, contact tracing and quarantine guidelines.


Due to COVID-19 mitigations and staffing shortages, UCLA has had to cut down its number of dining facilities. Facilities in the residence halls are for residents only; we will not be offering the Bruin Meal Plan for off-campus students. We anticipate opening more outlets as staffing levels rise and will reassess the Bruin Meal Plan at the end of the term.

On-campus residents have the option of three all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants — in Carnesale Commons, Covel Commons and De Neve Plaza. They may also choose from our quick-service restaurants, including Bruin Bowl, Bruin Cafe, Rendezvous, the Study at Hedrick and the Drey. (Please see the dining website for the most up-to-date hours of operation and menus.)

Premier Meal Plan holders on-campus won’t be allowed to swipe in guests at the all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants, but students may swipe more than once at to-go restaurants.

Indoor seating for students with meal plans is available at both all-you-care-to-eat and to-go restaurants. 

Note: Face masks are required in all residential dining halls and restaurants except when actively eating or drinking. When dining outdoors in groups, we recommend that you wear a mask except when eating.

Pivoting in response to COVID

Significant changes in the public health landscape could require UCLA to make changes to housing and dining, including adjusting housing density, restricting indoor dining and broadening COVID-19 surveillance testing. Our COVID-19 Pivot Plan and Decision Matrix (PDF) describes the criteria that will inform possible changes in our operations.

For more information on housing and dining, see:

International students

More of our international student community will be able to engage in in-person instruction and activities during the 2021–22 academic year. For detailed information about enrollment, F-1 and J-1 visa requirements, and international travel, please visit the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students.

The center will continue to provide updated information about fall instruction via direct communications and their recent updatestravel updatesF-1 student FAQJ-1 student FAQ and non-visa–related FAQ pages. Students should contact the center if they have any questions regarding enrollment or arrival in the U.S.

UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center

The Ashe Center is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have been infected, immediately call the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 Hotline at 310-206-6217.

More Ashe Center resources:

Well-being and counseling

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open during regular business hours, providing all services through telehealth. In a crisis, 24/7 support is always available by phone at 310-825-0768.

Further resources are available on this site’s Emotional, Social and Physical Well-Being page.

Recommended COVID-19 resources

For journalists

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