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 campus clearance certificate.
  • Wear a mask
    Well-fitting masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, libraries and labs. Find out where to pick one up on campus.
  • Test for COVID
    It is recommended that students test 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

The great majority of courses — roughly 80% — 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 larger lecture courses are being conducted remotely (with their discussion sections being held primarily in person).

Regardless of the size or location of the on-campus class, students should remember to complete the Symptom Monitoring Survey each day before arriving at class and to wear a well-fitting mask indoors at all times.

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 you are severely 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.

(Please keep in mind that if you test positive for COVID-19 through the UCLA campus surveillance testing program or are identified as a close contact of an infected person, you will be contacted by campus health officials with information on isolation and quarantine and when it is safe to return to class. If you are experiencing COVID-19–related symptoms, have tested positive outside of UCLA or believe you have been in contact with an infected person, either on or off campus, contact the Ashe Center’s Exposure Management Team at 310-206-6217 or

If your instructor has to miss class

While instructors cannot simply switch an entire 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.

Accessibility for students with disabilities

UCLA is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in the rich academic experience UCLA offers. The UCLA Center for Accessible Education will work closely with these students and their instructors to determine appropriate accommodations and develop a plan tailored to the needs of students in each their courses.

The UCLA Office of Information Technology’s Disabilities and Computing Program also helps to ensure that faculty and students are aware of accessible best practices and that academic content is available and understandable to all.  

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.

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 all indoor spaces on campus — including the common areas of UCLA residence halls and apartments and at dining halls (except when actively eating or drinking). It is suggested that all students, regardless of their vaccination status, wear a mask in their living space when the presence of people from outside their 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.


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 in an indoor setting for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period — you may need to spend time in isolation or quarantine. To understand how this process 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. 

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:

Compliance with campus COVID protocols

There may be times when students or others, after being reminded, continue to ignore campus health and safety protocols, including masking, symptom monitoring and other requirements.

Repeated student violations should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct at or 310-825-387. In addition, reports of violations may be made anonymously through UCLA’s whistleblower hotline at 800-403-4744. Reports of violations will generally be processed within one business day, and a determination will be made whether the violation was willful or not.

Students with willful violations, repeated violations or violations believed to have resulted in COVID-19 infections will face disciplinary measures up to and including exclusion from campus.

If faculty members or TAs demonstrate repeated noncompliance with health and safety protocols, a complaint can be made to the instructor’s department chair, divisional dean, academic personnel officer or the dean of students.

For full details of UCLA’s protocol on compliance and violations, see Compliance With Safety Measures (PDF).

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.

Returning from travel

UCLA is following the travel advisory issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which points to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on returning from domestic and international travel.

Major points of that guidance for faculty, staff and students are listed below. For full details, please visit the CDC’s travel page.

Returning from travel within the U.S. 

If your travel involved situations with a greater risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as being in crowded places while not wearing a well-fitting mask, it is recommended that you:

  • Take a COVID-19 test, either through a lab or at home, upon your return
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms

If you test positive or develop symptoms, follow isolation and quarantine protocols

Returning from international travel

If you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, it is recommended that you: 

  • Stay at home and self-quarantine for five days after your return to the U.S.

It is recommended that all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status: 

  • Take a COVID-19 test within three to five days after their return 
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms

If you test positive or develop symptoms, follow isolation and quarantine protocols

Students and campus research

Principal investigators can now utilize as many student researchers — including postdoctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students — as they deem necessary, as long as they continue to comply with all mandates from the Centers for Disease Control, the Californian Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

Please contact UCLA Environment, Health and Safety’s field research safety area regarding safety protocols for field and community-based research.

COVID dashboards

Vaccination rates and confirmed COVID cases dashboard
UCLA provides regular updates on the number of students, faculty and staff — both on and off campus — who have been confirmed by medical professionals to have COVID-19. Consistent with the protocols for infectious disease response, anyone identified within our campus community as being at risk of COVID-19 as a result of exposure to an infected person will be notified if they need to quarantine and be tested.

COVID-19 case notification (PDF)
UCLA’s case dashboard keeps those on campus informed if they were present in a UCLA building where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been. When UCLA receives notice of a positive case, the dashboard is updated and an email is sent to those who indicated in the Symptom Monitoring Survey that they would be present in the related facility on that day.

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

UCLA faculty members are available for interviews with news media on a wide range of topics related to COVID-19, including public health and epidemiology, virology and vaccines, mental health, education, law, politics and the economy.

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