Mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

Dear Bruin Community:

As a reminder, as of July 26, all UCLA students, faculty and staff members who work, learn or live on campus and other UCLA properties, regardless of vaccination status, are required to complete mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing. This includes those who were previously approved to opt out of testing.

Please note this requirement is not currently a requirement of the L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and is based on UCLA’s own internal assessment. The decision to require vaccinated asymptomatic individuals to participate in the weekly testing will be reassessed at the end of August based on testing data and LACDPH guidance.

This information does not apply to UCLA Health System employees working in hospitals and clinics. A separate communication will be sent to these employees from UCLA Health consistent with new state requirements.

Self-administered saliva-based test kits are conveniently located in more than a dozen COVID-19 test vending machines and distribution centers throughout campus. Anyone with an active BruinCard may retrieve up to two of these tests per week for free.

Test samples can be deposited Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (excluding holidays). Test samples should be deposited within one hour of taking the test in order to maintain proper temperature. Individuals depositing test samples before 11 a.m. can expect results within 24–36 hours, while those depositing samples after 11 a.m. can expect results within 48 hours. Test samples should not be deposited between Friday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m.

Those requiring in-person testing or who are unable to get a test kit from a vending machine or distribution center, as well as those who need help with testing for any other reason, are asked to go to 300 Bradley Hall for assistance.

For more information, visit the Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center website. Those with questions are encouraged to send an email to

In addition, daily symptom monitoring is still required by Cal/OSHA for any faculty, staff and student workers who are coming to campus and other UCLA properties, regardless of vaccination status. Please remember to get vaccinated or request an exemption, and to verify your vaccination status as soon as possible in order to be in compliance with UC’s vaccine policy.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and your dedication to stopping the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in our communities.


Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

Michael Meranze
Immediate Past Chair, UCLA Academic Senate
Professor of History
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

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