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

Welcome back! Our collective adherence to UCLA’s on-campus health and safety protocols will go a long way toward making this fall term a success. Here are the key requirements:

  • Complete a daily symptom check
    Fill out the Symptom Monitoring Survey each morning on the web or using the UCLA Mobile app and receive your clearance certificate — it is your “pass” to campus.
  • Wear a mask
    Masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, libraries and labs.
  • Test for COVID
    Unvaccinated students are required to test twice a week. Students experiencing symptoms are required to test. Vaccinated students are strongly encouraged to test at least once a week.
  • Get vaccinated
    If you haven’t yet been vaccinated or received an exception, you must do so as quickly as possible or you will be prevented from accessing campus.

Fully remote students: Students learning fully remotely must update their status one time within the Symptom Monitoring Survey to indicate to indicate they are fully remote as soon as possible.

For a full list of our health and safety protocols, see our UCLA COVID protocols page. Check this website frequently for updates and visit our Events page for upcoming webinars and town halls.

Classes and instruction

Approximately 80% of courses are being taught in person this fall. 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 their discussion sections being held primarily in person).

Our expectation is that every student will receive at least some in-person instruction.

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

With the return to in-person instruction, there is likely to be an uptick in students missing 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 cannot 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 quarantining or a failure to clear the daily symptom check should not factor into any attendance component of students’ final grade.

Students needing to isolate or quarantine are encouraged to notify their course instructors as soon as possible and explain their circumstances. If an instructor requires a medical note, students can visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center’s patient portal, and select medical excuse option under “Messages.”

Students who are significantly sick with COVID-19 may qualify as being temporarily disabled and receive support from the Center for Accessible Education following an interactive process with the instructor.

Temporary remote instruction

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

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

It is also likely that, 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 during the fall quarter — 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 have been scheduled for fully remote instruction this fall, including those for which the instructor has a medical accommodation that does not allow them to 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 for fall cannot be moved to in-person instruction.

Housing and dining

UCLA is offering triple-capacity rooms in on-campus housing this quarter. All students living in on-campus housing need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.

Those who qualify for an exception to the UC vaccination policy have been offered housing in UCLA’s off-campus university apartments through a lottery process. Students with exceptions are required to test for COVID-19 twice a week.

Masking requirements

While masking is required in nearly all indoor spaces on campus, including common areas in UCLA residence halls and apartments, it is not required in your personal indoor living space. It is recommended, however, that you wear a mask in your living space when you are in the presence of individuals from outside your immediate household.

Guest policy

Currently, students may have one off-campus guest per resident in their room at a time, and all guests must be able to show proof of vaccination upon request. 


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

If you need to isolate or quarantine

Students who test positive for COVID-19 or who 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 —may need to spend time in isolation or quarantine. To understand how these processes works, please read our isolation, contact tracing and quarantine guidelines. In brief:

  • Isolation: Students living on campus who test positive (or who have symptoms of COVID-19 and awaiting test results) will be required to isolate in special on-campus housing units. If you are isolating, you should bring along enough personal belongings — including clothing, medication, laptops, phones, chargers and school supplies — to last for at least 10 days. UCLA will continue to monitor students’ health during the isolation period, and staff will arrange for meal delivery three times a day.
  • Modified quarantine: Fully vaccinated students found to have been in close contact with an infected person but who are asymptomatic will need to adhere to a modified quarantine rather than a full quarantine. Under this plan, you will take a COVID-19 test five days following your exposure to the infected person. While awaiting the results, you’ll need to (1) remain in your on- or off-campus residence except for attending class, (2) grab to-go meals from dining halls and (3) refrain from participating in social activities or gatherings, including entering restaurants, markets, bars or offices. Roommates of students on modified quarantine will not need to relocate or separate from quarantining students.
  • Full quarantine: Currently, full quarantine procedures are in place only for students who are not fully vaccinated. Non–fully vaccinated students who have been in close contact with an infected person (but who have not tested positive for COVID-19) will generally have to remain in special quarantine housing units for up to 10 days from their last contact with an infected person (and will be required to monitor their symptoms for up to 14 days). As with isolation, they should bring along enough personal belongings to last for the entire quarantine period. Those in quarantine who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who receive a positive test may be moved into isolation.


At this time, due to COVID-19 mitigations and staffing shortages, UCLA has had to limit its number of dining facilities. During the fall term, dining facilities in the residence halls will be for residents only; we will not be offering the Bruin Meal Plan for off-campus students. We anticipate opening more outlets as opportunities for proper staff levels arise and will reassess the Bruin Meal Plan at the end of the term.

Currently, on-campus residents have the option of three all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants — in Carnesale Commons, Covel Commons and De Neve Plaza. Students 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 will not be allowed to swipe in guests at the all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants. Students may swipe more than once at to-go restaurants. We are also making it possible for students to exchange meal plan swipes for food truck or ASUCLA coupons. 

Indoor seating for students with meal plans is available at all-you-care-to-eat and to-go restaurants. Face masks are required in all residential dining halls and restaurants except when actively eating or drinking. When dining outdoors in groups, UCLA is recommending that individuals wear a mask except when eating.

Note: Food and drink should not be consumed indoors on campus except in restaurants, dining facilities or catering venues — unless one is eating or drinking alone in a room. Exceptions can be also made for hydration or the medically necessary consumption of food or medications as appropriate.

Pivoting in response to COVID

Significant changes in the public health landscape could require UCLA to make changes to housing and dining during the fall term — 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:

Student activities

UCLA Residential Life offers a diverse range of virtual and in-person programs and events, from recreation classes and meditation sessions to open mic nights on the Hill. Our hope is to provide continuous opportunities for residents to connect, learn, and participate in shared activities with one another. For a full list of ways that students can connect and get involved, visit the UCLA community page.

UCLA Campus Life promotes engagement on campus and in the community with programs and activities that are educational, inclusive, leadership-focused, sustainable and healthy.

For more on campus services and opportunities for students, visit:

Campus health and safety precautions

In addition to UC’s vaccination requirement, the campus has implemented a number of health and safety protocols designed to keep the Bruin community safe this fall. For a full list of these protocols, see our UCLA COVID protocols page.

Current precautions and requirements are as follows:

Daily symptom monitoring and clearance portal
Daily symptom checks are required for all students, faculty, staff (including UCLA Health employees) and others (including guest lecturers and laboratory volunteers) who are living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of vaccination status.

Face masks
Mask use, regardless of vaccination status, is required in all indoor spaces on the UCLA campus, including classrooms, teaching labs, libraries, dining facilities and indoor recreation spaces and when using BruinBus, BruinAccess and UCLA SafeRide services.

Campus COVID testing
UCLA requires twice-weekly testing for all unvaccinated students living or learning on campus. Regular testing is not mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic students, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week. Some

Isolation, quarantine and contact tracing
It is likely that some students will test positive for COVID-19 during the fall term. UCLA has isolation, contact tracing and quarantine protocols in place to protect the health of infected individuals and the rest of the campus community.

COVID-19 case dashboard (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.

Compliance with safety measures (PDF)
UCLA is focused on education and the development of a collaborative community of compliance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

International students

UCLA anticipates that 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 fall 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 communications and their recent updatestravel updatesF-1 student FAQJ-1 student FAQ and non-visa–related FAQ pages. Students are advised to contact the center if they have any questions regarding enrollment or arrival to the U.S.

Intercollegiate athletics

In accordance with updated public health guidance, UCLA football games played at the Rose Bowl will be at full seating capacity for the upcoming 2021 season, with masking and other requirements in place. Additional UCLA athletic events taking place outdoors will also allow for full seating capacity for the 2021–22 season, including soccer games at the Wallis Annenberg Stadium and men’s water polo games at the Spieker Aquatics Center. For more information, visit UCLA Athletics.

Commencement celebrations

While UCLA was able to provide many students and their families with limited in-person spring 2021 graduation events at Drake Stadium and the Los Angeles Tennis Center, we will also be hosting several in-person, indoor commencement ceremonies this fall for both the class of 2021 and the class of 2020.

Fall 2021 commencement activities for the class of 2020 and class of 2021

Members of these classes who earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees from the College of Letters and Science, the International Institute, the Herb Alpert School of Music, the Samueli School of Engineering, the School of Nursing (class of 2020 only) or the School of Theater, Film and Television will have the opportunity to participate in formal on-campus commencement events taking place between September and November — whether they attended spring 2021 commencement activities or not. (For information on schools not mentioned above, please contact the offices of that school directly.)

For those who will be unable to participate in these fall ceremonies, or who would prefer to participate at another time, an additional commencement ceremony is being planned for June 2022. Information on that event will be available in January 2022.

Fall ceremonies will take place at Royce Hall, and each graduate will be provided tickets for up to four guests. All attendees, including graduates, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours preceding the event, whether they are vaccinated or not. Masking requirements and physical distancing precautions will also be in place.

Graduates will have their names read aloud, will have their picture taken by a professional photographer as they proceed across the stage (while masked) and will have a second picture taken outdoors (unmasked). The ceremonies will also be livestreamed.

Ceremony dates are listed below. For specific details on the ceremonies, visit the class of 2020 commencement site and the class of 2021 commencement site, as well as UCLA’s general commencement site.

  • Ceremony dates: Class of 2020
    Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 4–5
    Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11–12
    Sunday, Oct. 3
    Saturday, Oct. 9
    Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20–21
  • Ceremony dates: Class of 2021
    Sunday, Sept. 5
    Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11–12
    Sunday, Oct. 3
    Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20–21

UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center

During the fall quarter, 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.

Resources for educational accessibility

The UCLA Center for Accessible Education offers a page of resources.

Recommended COVID-19 resources

Covid Team

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