Health and safety

UCLA to align with lifting of L.A. city vaccine verification ordinance

It will now be optional to check for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at most campus events and venues.

Update on COVID-19 protocols for spring quarter

UCLA will be moving forward with plans to ease masking and testing requirements for vaccinated students, faculty and staff.

Voluntary-use N95 respirator training and fit testing classes

Between March 31 and April 5, we are offering complimentary sessions for students, faculty and staff to learn how to properly wear, maintain, store and reuse N95 respirators.

COVID-19 protocol updates for spring quarter

Masking and surveillance testing requirements will be eased for those who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, effective April 11.

UCLA indoor masking requirements remain unchanged

California’s lifting of indoor masking for fully vaccinated people will not apply in L.A. County, and UCLA will continue with its universal indoor mask requirement.

COVID-19 testing, upgraded mask distribution and N95 training

As we resume in-person instruction and work, we want to ensure that all students, faculty and staff are best prepared to reduce COVID-19 risks and follow UCLA protocols.

In-person instruction to resume on Jan. 31

The change comes in light of decreasing case and test positivity rates at UCLA and in L.A. County, as well as increased compliance with the testing protocols and vaccine booster requirements.

Updated masking, isolation and quarantine protocols for UCLA

In many cases, isolation and quarantine periods have been shortened to five days. Well-fitting upgraded masks will also be required on campus.

COVID-19 virtual town hall for faculty and staff

Following the recent extension of remote instruction and a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, campus leaders and health experts will discuss operational changes, new testing, boosters, masking requirements and changes to isolation and quarantine periods.

Remote instruction extended through January 28

Due to regional and campus trends in positivity rates, as well as staffing and operational concerns, UCLA will extend remote instruction for an additional two weeks.

Monitoring our winter quarter return

While our plans to return to in-person instruction on Jan. 18 remain in place, we are prepared to modify them if it is in the best interest of the safety of our community.

Remote start to winter quarter instruction and COVID-19 booster requirement

To reduce the risk of a rise in new COVID-19 cases, classes will begin, as scheduled, on Jan. 3 but will be held remotely for the first two weeks.

Monitoring Omicron and its potential impact to winter quarter plans

In response to the variant’s spread, UCLA is reviewing a number of options, such as modifications to the start of winter quarter, and will announce any changes next week.

Winter travel reminders and return-to-campus health protocols

Read UCLA’s latest guidance on how to remain safe during the holidays and what to do when you return to campus after the winter break.

Important additions to protocols for campus events and departmental holiday gatherings

The latest guidelines are designed to make the season’s events and gatherings safe for the entire Bruin community.

Updated guidance for campus events and departmental holiday social gatherings

With the holidays at hand and departmental social events being planned, it is important to remain aware of the health risks associated with such activities.

What we know about the omicron variant

While preliminary reports show that the new variant may cause only mild illness, UCLA will continue to closely monitor developments.

Supporting a safer holiday season

Guidance for how to travel more safely during the upcoming holidays, including information on testing availability.

Proof of vaccination or exception with negative COVID test to be required for entering certain UCLA facilities

The new protocol, which goes into effect Nov. 4, covers restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, museums, galleries, theaters and other campus venues.

Pfizer COVID booster events for eligible faculty and staff

Following up on our Oct. 6 message, we are providing more details on where and how employees can schedule their booster appointments.

Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine events for eligible faculty and staff

UCLA is inviting all eligible faculty and staff to receive Pfizer-BioNTech booster doses free of charge during our October 15–31 clinic.

Temporary COVID event and meeting protocols now in effect

The new guidance covers a wide variety of planned gatherings, including lectures, forums, performances, concerts, conferences and meetings.

Reminder of mandatory daily symptom monitoring

All individuals living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA facilities must complete UCLA’s symptom check each day they will be on these properties.

Updated campus COVID-19 protocols in effect

UCLA’s protocols addressing disease prevention, vaccines, testing, exposure management, and isolation and quarantine have undergone substantial changes.

Reminder to confirm vaccination status by this Thursday, Sept. 9

Students, faculty and staff must submit proof of vaccination, request an exception or declare being fully remote for fall quarter in order to be compliant with the UC’s systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy.

A safer start to the 2021–22 academic year is a collective effort

As we plan for our return to campus, we want to remind the community about the importance of adhering to public health and campus safety protocols.

Faculty and staff town hall: Well-being during the pandemic

Topics will include the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, emotional challenges and strategies related to those who will be returning to work or learn on campus, as well as those who have already been working on campus and in the health system.

Reminder to provide required COVID-19 vaccination documentation

UC’s vaccination policy requires all UCLA faculty, students and staff to be fully vaccinated and to submit proof of their vaccination at least 14 days prior to the start of the fall term.

Mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing

The testing requirement applies to all UCLA students, faculty and staff members who work, learn or live on campus and other UCLA properties, regardless of vaccination status.

Required COVID-19 prevention training for UCLA employees

This is a new training module that reflects recent changes from Cal/OSHA.

Indoor masking to resume at UCLA

In alignment with an order from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, UCLA is requiring all individuals, whether fully vaccinated or not, to wear face masks in all public indoor spaces effective Saturday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m.

New self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests available July 12

Anyone with an active BruinCard will be able to receive up to two test kits each week.

Fall planning for campus departments

UCLA managers and supervisors are encouraged to finalize their ramp-up plans and can use an online guide to assist in creating their plans.

New indoor masking requirements now in effect

UCLA has modified campus masking protocols in light of the emergence of COVID-19 variants and encouragement from public health officials.

UCLA FlexWork guide for managers now available

The online resource will help managers implement flexible working arrangements in a manner that is beneficial to UCLA’s goals while also supporting employees.

Revised COVID-19 policies now in effect at UCLA

The campus is open to the general public, with new guidance on face masks, physical distancing, live events and other topics.

Guidance on face masks, COVID-19 testing and more

While many local COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted, certain safety protocols on the UCLA campus remain in place for the time being. As we review the guidance, we will revise out policies accordingly.

UC announces COVID-19 vaccination requirements

The University of California announced June 10 that it is finalizing a policy that will require all UC faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions.

UCLA advances to yellow tier allowances with modifications

The campus is happy to announce that it is adopting several new changes and expanded activities based on Los Angeles County guidance, effective immediately.

Comment period on proposed UC COVID-19 vaccination policy open through May 31

Questions or comments about the proposed policy — which would require faculty, students, staff and academic appointees to be fully vaccinated, with limited exemptions — can be submitted by email to the UC Office of the President.

University of California announces proposed COVID-19 vaccination policy

The proposed policy would require all UC faculty, staff, academic appointees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited medical and religious exemptions.

Following up on April 14 faculty and staff town hall

As planning for the future of work at UCLA continues to evolve, it is critical that we keep our community informed of the steps UCLA is taking to prepare for a safer and phased return to campus this fall.

Fall planning and future of working town hall for faculty and staff

When will faculty and staff be returning to in-person work at UCLA, and what will that look like? What are the latest updates on fall planning? UCLA leaders will address these and other questions as we look ahead to the rest of 2021 and beyond.

Additional safety measures for undergraduate student researchers

Up to four undergraduate researchers, undertaking necessary safety precautions, may be allowed to work in person in a lab under a current research operational plan.

Guidance for resuming campus operations

With UCLA beginning to gradually ramp up campus activity and operations, leadership has provided guidelines for departments as they produce plans to return to campus.

New required COVID-19 prevention training for on-site work and activities

All faculty, staff and student workers must complete the 15-minute health and safety training module before returning to on-site work or by June 30, whichever comes first.

A safer spring break is our collective responsibility

With the pandemic still lingering, UCLA is urging all students, faculty and staff to refrain from traveling and gathering with individuals outside their households during the break.

UCLA faculty and staff are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination

To the extent that supplies allow, employees will be invited to schedule vaccinations through UCLA Health. At the same time, everyone is encouraged to get the vaccine as early as possible, wherever that may be.

How county COVID-19 protocols for higher education affect UCLA

The recent easing of restrictions could allow UCLA to resume a limited variety of activities for students. Plus, updates on COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution.

COVID-19 vaccination update for UCLA faculty and staff

As part of our ongoing vaccine rollout, UCLA is pleased to begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to employees 75 years of age and older.

New COVID-19 case notification dashboard

The dashboard is part of an effort to alert members of the Bruin community who were present in a UCLA building or facility where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe holiday break

As we look toward 2021 with hope and optimism, we must continue to adhere to all public health guidance, including specific instructions for those returning to campus in the new year.

Safety reminders for the holidays

All undergraduate student residents — both on campus and in university-owned apartments, and regardless of whether or not they have traveled — will be required to take COVID-19 tests and to sequester themselves during the week of Nov. 30.

Be among the first Californians to use CA COVID Notify

Beginning Nov. 16, UCLA will become part of California’s pilot of CA COVID Notify, a completely voluntary program that uses smartphone technology to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Asymptomatic testing and community screening

As part of UCLA’s ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the campus is expanding its COVID-19 testing program.

Fall update: Shift to primarily remote instruction, reduced housing

UCLA will be moving to remote-only instruction for the fall, with the exception of a limited number of in-person or hybrid courses.

Our plans for fall quarter 2020

UCLA has revised its plans for fall classes, student housing and other operations after consulting with public health authorities.

Guidelines for communicating about COVID-19 cases on campus

Even as processes and policies will continue to evolve as the situation changes, UCLA shares information about some of the key procedures the university has in place now.

Training required on COVID-19 for all employees

Prior to returning to campus to work, UCLA faculty, staff, student employees and volunteers will be required to complete an online course called “Returning to Work on Campus.” This requirement applies to all employees other than UCLA Health employees.

Symptom monitoring protocol for UCLA students

Effective immediately, students who plan to come to campus for any purpose are required to complete a survey each day to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus.

Preparations for fall 2020

The latest information about UCLA’s planning for the next academic year.

Supporting the graduate student community’s academic success

Although we are living through a time where so much can feel outside of our control, we want to make sure that students reach out for support.

Safer at home order extended

To the Campus Community: On April 10, Los Angeles County extended its “safer at home” order (PDF) to May 15 to continue

Mental health and social well-being during the pandemic

To the Campus Community: Each of you is a valued member of the Bruin family, and we want to ensure

Guidance on face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19

To the Campus Community: On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued recommendations for the use of cloth

A special note of thanks to health care workers

Dear Colleagues: As UCLA and our community grapple with the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, we recognize that our health

How “Safer at Home” orders affect UCLA

Today, Los Angeles County (PDF) and the City of Los Angeles (PDF), among other nearby jurisdictions, ordered all residents to stay home starting

Student diagnosed with COVID-19

To the Campus Community: We have learned that another member of our UCLA campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The

Mental health and social well-being amid the novel coronavirus spread

To the Campus Community: The concerns about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are being addressed in multiple ways here at

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at UCLA

To the Campus Community: We have learned that a member of our UCLA campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The

Self-quarantining at home

As you may have seen on my Twitter account a short time ago, I wanted to let you know that

Chancellor Gene Block updates the UCLA community

To the Campus Community: As you may have seen, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced this morning

Chancellor Gene Block updates the UCLA community

To the Campus Community: Ongoing news about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandably creating concern and, although the risk to

Update on novel coronavirus preparedness

To the Campus Community, As news coverage of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues, we wanted to update you on UCLA’s

Taking precautions against the coronavirus

To the UCLA Community, As we approach the peak of the flu season, many of you may be experiencing flu-like

Recommended COVID-19 resources

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