UCLA return to campus

UCLA is welcoming new and returning students to campus, along with many members of our faculty and staff. This page outlines our plans for learning, teaching, working and safeguarding the campus community this fall. Newly admitted students are encouraged to visit Undergraduate Admission for additional information. Staff and faculty can learn more through our Campus Ramp-Up Planning Guide and FlexWork Guide for Managers (PDF).

While we are delighted about the return of Bruins to Westwood, the health and safety of our campus community is always our highest priority. We are confident that our collective adherence to campus health protocols will go a long way toward making the term a success, but we must also be prepared to adjust our plans if necessary. We are guided in our approach by federal, state and county public health authorities and our UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force.

Please check back here regularly. We will update this page as new information becomes available.


All Bruins: COVID requirements

Daily symptom monitoring is required for all students, faculty, staff and others (including guest lecturers and laboratory volunteers) who are living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status. The survey must be completed before coming to campus or arriving at class.

The brief form can be filled out on a smartphone, tablet or computer (and can now be accessed through the UCLA Mobile app, available on the App Store and the Google Play Store).

Fully remote employees: Employees working fully remotely must update their status one time within the system to indicate to indicate they are fully remote as soon as possible.

Hybrid employees: Employees working a hybrid schedule should complete the survey only on the days when they will be working in person.

Invited guests and third-party contractors: All guest lecturers, vendors, third-party contract workers, external parties participating in trainings or programs, and other invited guests defined as “covered non-affiliates” in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy must complete the survey before coming to campus.


Verifying clearance status: COVID-19 Clearance Portal

After completing the survey, students, faculty and staff can view their symptom monitoring clearance status on the COVID-19 Clearance Portal and can directly access their COVID-19 Clearance Certificate. Individuals may be asked to present their certificate or to log into the portal as proof of completion when necessary. Both can be accessed through the web or the UCLA Mobile app.

Certain members of faculty and staff should check the clearance portal daily to verify the status of their students or staff and faculty who report to them.

  • Supervisors and department chairs
    Required to verify staff and faculty clearance daily.  
  • Instructors
    Instructors of record for each class section can verify the clearance status of students enrolled in their section. If students are not cleared or no survey was found, those students should not be attending class in person.
  • Event, store and building managers
    Managers may ask for a symptom monitoring clearance certificate from UCLA affiliates before allowing them into a building or an event when the manager is unable to directly access that information.  


Please refer to these tip sheets for more information about the portal and how to use it: 


COVID-19 Clearance Portal: Updated features

In addition to showing clearance status based on the daily symptom monitoring, the COVID-19 Clearance Portal has been updated to also show compliance status with the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (PDF) for all students, faculty and staff. Individuals will be able to view their own compliance status, and supervisors and instructors will be able to view the compliance status of students and those who report directly to them.

More information on the campus’s symptom monitoring protocol is available in the UCLA Summary of COVID-19 Public Health Mitigation Requirements.

UCLA protocols on face masks are aligned with guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the state of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), including the LACDPH’s orders on mask wearing (PDF).


Face masks: Indoors

All individuals — whether fully vaccinated or not — are required to wear face masks in all indoor spaces on the UCLA campus, including classrooms, teaching labs, libraries, pre-K–12 facilities and indoor recreation spaces, as well as when using BruinBus, BruinAccess and UCLA SafeRide services.

Masking is also required in all indoor workspaces, including offices, except when one is alone in an office with the door closed. 

Face masks are recommended while in personal indoor living spaces if people are in the presence of individuals from outside their immediate household.


Face masks: Outdoors

Face masks are no longer required to be worn outdoors, with certain exceptions associated with new COVID-19 cases and outbreaks on campus. However, in light of the recent spread of the delta variant, UCLA is recommending that individuals wear a mask outside, especially when outside in large groups in which physical distancing is not feasible.


Face masks: UCLA Health facilities

Face masks are currently required for UCLA Health staff.


Face masks: UCLA Recreation facilities

Face masks are required at all indoor UCLA Recreation facilities.


Acceptable types of face masks

Face masks must be worn over the nose and mouth. A cloth or disposable mask is acceptable in most situations. However, greater protection may be required under narrow circumstances, including in higher-risk health and patient care environments. For details, please refer to the the LACDPH’s face mask guidance and Cal/OSHA’s emergency temporary standards. Further information on face masks is available on the CDC’s face mask page.

Examples of acceptable face masks:

  • Two-ply woven fabric masks or face coverings
  • Surgical masks
  • Non-woven KN95 masks
  • N95 respirators

Examples of unacceptable face coverings:

  • Scarves
  • Balaclavas/ski masks
  • Single-layer fabric masks and neck gaiters
  • Bandanas
  • Turtleneck collars


How vaccination status will affect masking requirements at UCLA

Unvaccinated employees must comply with additional non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as wearing face masks at all times when around others; they may voluntarily request to use N95 respirators. (Beginning two weeks prior to the start of the fall term, only unvaccinated employees with an approved vaccination exemption will be able to access UCLA locations.)

Unvaccinated employees who are exempted from wearing face masks due to a medical condition, a mental health condition or a disability will need to wear an effective, non-restrictive alternative such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom — if their condition or disability permits. (Please see the “Verifying your vaccination, requesting an exemption” section of this FAQ for details on exemptions.)


How employees can obtain masks

Face masks can be obtained from the UCLA Emergency PPE Supply Store. For on-site employees who are unable to obtain their own masks, UCLA will provide them free of charge. Voluntary-use respirators will also be provided to exempted unvaccinated employees upon request.


How students can obtain masks

While students are generally expected to provide their own face masks, disposable masks will be available at the Wooden Center for those students who are unable to obtain a mask or who have forgotten to bring one to campus.

UCLA requires twice-weekly COVID-19 testing for all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and others living, learning or working on campus. Those subject to this community screening protocol must use the UCLA testing resources outlined in the protocol’s Part C: Testing Process and Instructions.

Regular testing is not mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week.

Note: Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who will be working or learning on campus one day a week or less are only required to test on the days they are on site.

Faculty, staff and students — whether vaccinated or unvaccinated — may be directed to test if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive or if changing conditions warrant additional surveillance.


How and where to test on campus

COVID-19 testing at UCLA is being conducted via self-administered saliva swab tests. Anyone with an active BruinCard may retrieve up to two of these tests per week at no-charge through vending machines and distribution centers located throughout the campus.

Test samples should be returned within one hour of taking the test and can be deposited Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (excluding holidays). Results for samples received before 11 a.m. will be available within 24 to 36 hours; results for those received after 11 a.m. will be returned within 48 hours. Note: Do not deposit sample between Friday and 2 p.m. and Monday at 8 a.m.

For those requiring in-person testing or who are unable to procure a test kit from a vending machine, as well as those who for any reason may need help with testing, UCLA will continue to operate an in-person testing site at 300 Bradley Hall.

Individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who know they have been in close contact with an infected individual should call the UCLA Ashe COVID Hotline at 310-206-6217 (for students) or the UCLA COVID Call Center at 310-267-3300 (for faculty and staff).

More information is available on the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing website. Questions can be sent to exposuremanagementteam@ashe.ucla.edu.

Information on obtaining a BruinCard is available here.

Immediately contact the UCLA Ashe COVID Hotline at 310-206-6217 (for students) or the UCLA COVID Call Center at 310-267-3300 (for faculty and staff) if:

  • You are experiencing COVID-19–related symptoms
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19
  • You know you have been in contact with an infected person, either on or off campus.

It is likely that some students, faculty or staff living or working on campus will test positive for COVID-19 at some point during the fall term. To protect the health of both infected individuals and the rest of the campus community, isolation, contact tracing and quarantine protocols are in place, as outlined below.

For students, the prospect of missing class time, projects or assessments due to isolation or quarantine can be daunting. Please know that your instructors understand the situation and are committed to accommodating students who cannot be in class through video or audio streaming or recordings, makeup assignments, alternative projects, or other means.

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.”  


Isolation

Members of the campus community who test positive for COVID-19 or who are symptomatic and awaiting test results will be required to isolate, either at home (for employees and off-site students) or on campus (for on-site students). Individuals who are isolating cannot have visitors and should only leave their isolation location to receive medical care.

For those who test positive, the isolation period typically lasts 10 days from the date of the positive test or the onset of symptoms, although it can extend longer if the person has a severe infection or is immunocompromised.

UCLA will identify appropriate housing for students living on campus who need to isolate, and these students 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, and staff will arrange for meal delivery three times a day.

Students, faculty or staff isolating in privately owned off-campus residences should remain in a private room with a private bathroom, if possible, and arrange for meals and other essential needs.


Contact tracing

When a student or faculty or staff member tests positive, UCLA will perform a case investigation and contact tracing, identifying and notifying all individuals considered to be close contacts of the infected person — meaning they were within 6 feet of the person for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. These close contacts will then be instructed on whether they need to test and/or quarantine.

Sometimes individuals not notified by contact tracers may know they have been in close contact with an infected person, either on or off campus. In that case, they should call the UCLA Ashe COVID Hotline at 310-206-6217 (for students) or the UCLA COVID Call Center at 310-267-3300 (for faculty and staff) for instructions.


Quarantine

Quarantine is often necessary for individuals who self-identify or have been identified by UCLA contact tracers as having been in close contact with an infected person but who have not themselves tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, full quarantine procedures are in place only for students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated.

As with isolation, individuals will generally remain in quarantine 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). Those in quarantine who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who receive a positive test result may be moved into isolation.

UCLA will identify appropriate housing for quarantining students who live in university-owned housing. They 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, and staff will arrange for meal delivery three times a day.  

Students, faculty or staff quarantining in privately owned off-campus residences should remain in a private room with a private bathroom, if possible, and arrange for meals and other essential needs.


Modified quarantine: Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students

At this time, fully vaccinated students — those who are at least two weeks past the final dose of a two-dose mRNA vaccine or two weeks past the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine — who have been in close contact with an infected person but are asymptomatic will need to adhere to a modified quarantine order rather than a full quarantine.

Under this modified plan, they will take a COVID-19 test five days following their exposure to an infected person. While awaiting the results, they will be required to:

  • Remain in their residence, whether on or off campus, except for attending class and academic activities.
  • Refrain from participating in social activities or gatherings (including sporting events and practices), either indoors or outdoors, on or off campus.
  • Refrain from entering settings such as restaurants, bars, markets or offices.

If the post-exposure COVID-19 test comes back negative, students will be released from the modified quarantine; if positive, they will be required to isolate. Students who decline to test must adhere to the modified quarantine for 10 days after their date of exposure.

Roommates: Whether they are vaccinated or not, roommates of students in modified quarantine will not need to relocate or separate from quarantining students.


Quarantine exemptions

Employees: Faculty and staff who have been in close contact with an infected person are not required to adhere to quarantine or modified quarantine procedures if they were fully vaccinated at the time of their exposure and have no COVID-19 symptoms. They must, however, monitor their health and symptoms for 14 days following the exposure.

Students: Those identified as close contacts of an infected person who are asymptomatic and who have recovered from a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the previous 90 days will not have to quarantine, participate in modified quarantine or test for COVID-19. But they are required to monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

For full details on UCLA’s isolation, quarantine and contact tracing procedures, see the following campus protocols:

Vaccination policy

For information on where and how to get vaccinated, visit our Vaccines at UCLA page.

The University of California has issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all UC students, faculty, staff, academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers and trainees, as well as anyone accessing UC facilities or in-person UC programs, to be fully vaccinated prior to the fall term — with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. UCLA faculty, staff and students living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall term should have been vaccinated by Sept. 9. If you have not yet been vaccinated, you should do so as quickly as possible.

For further details on the UC vaccination policy, exemptions and accommodations, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see:

Those who have chosen not to be immunized and have not received an approved exception (or a deferral based on pregnancy) do not meet UC’s health and safety condition for physical access to UC facilities or in-person attendance at UC programs or events and may be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from employment.

Those with questions not covered in the above FAQs may send them to covid19@ucla.edu.


Upload your vaccination information

UCLA faculty, staff, students and others living, working and learning on campus or other UCLA properties during the fall must verify their vaccination status.

  • Enrolled students 
    Students, including student employees, can submit proof of their vaccination by logging into the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center’s electronic patient portal and clicking on the Medical Clearance section. More information on the verification process and a link to the portal are available on the Ashe Center website.

    Students will be able to privately check their status using the COVID-19 Clearance Portal, which can now also be accessed through the UCLA Mobile app, available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.
  • Employees
    Staff, faculty and non-student employees can confirm their vaccinations through the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring System in one of several ways: (1) give UCLA consent to check UCLA Health records and the California vaccination database to verify their vaccination; (2) upload an image of their CDC vaccination card (or non–U.S. equivalent); or (3) upload an official medical record from their health care provider.

    Employees should complete the symptom monitoring portion of the survey immediately after verifying their vaccination information, even if they are not planning to come to campus on that day. Similarly, employees who will not be coming to campus during the fall term should still upload their information and complete the survey so that they will not be flagged for noncompliance with the policy.

    Employees will be able to privately check their status using the COVID-19 Clearance Portal (UCLA logon ID required); supervisors will also be able to use the portal to check the status of employees who report directly to them.

    Note: The UCLA Mobile app, which is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store, now includes access to the Symptom Monitoring System and the Clearance Portal.
  • UCLA Health employees
    UCLA Health personnel have been provided information on how to upload their vaccination proof, which will be reviewed by UCLA Occupational Health Services. UCLA Health has also launched a clearance dashboard for managers to view employees’ vaccination status, exceptions and COVID-19 surveillance testing results.
  • Non-matriculating students
    UCLA Extension students, visiting students and those in executive education programs will receive guidance on how to verify their vaccination status through their program department.
  • K–12 students
    Students age 12 and above who are eligible for vaccinations will receive information from the UCLA Lab School or the Geffen Academy at UCLA about notifying their program of their vaccination status.


Exception requests

While UCLA strongly urges all those who are eligible to get vaccinated, in certain very limited circumstances, students and employees may be granted a medical exemption, an accommodation based on religious beliefs or disabilities, or a deferral based on pregnancy. To request an exemption:

A complete list of campus protocols addressing COVID-19 prevention, vaccines, testing, exposure management and quarantine procedures is available here.

For the latest information on vaccination rates for students and employees and updates on confirmed COVID-19 cases among the campus community, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.

Students

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.

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. 


Cleanings

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.


Dining

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:

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 — while adhering to campus health and safety protocols. 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:

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 commencement activities

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

Faculty and staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending a third (booster) dose of the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine for people who had their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago and who are in certain populations and occupational and institutional settings — including people working at colleges and universities.

The university will be offering free Pfizer boosters to all eligible faculty and staff members at the UCLA-wide booster clinic, which runs from Oct. 15 to 31.

  • Locations and times: Events will take place daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the B-level of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the auditorium at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.  
  • Appointments: Please make an appointment using your myUCLAHealth account. If you do not have a myUCLAHealth account, please call myUCLAHealth technical support at 855-364-7052 for an activation link or text. Please do not sign up for an account on the website. (You do not need to be a UCLA Health patient to get an account.) 
  • Other opportunities to receive the booster: You can schedule an appointment through the California MyTurn portal, through Los Angeles County or at a local pharmacy. 
  • Safekeeping booster vaccination card: As a reminder, if you get your booster vaccine outside of UCLA Health, please retain a copy of your vaccination card for your personal record-keeping. 


A booster dose is not yet authorized or available to people who received the two-dose Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as there must be a separate review of data by the FDA for those vaccines. We will let you know when there is updated guidance. 

At this time, COVID-19 vaccine boosters are not required for initial compliance with the UC COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Work arrangements

UCLA is planning for triple-capacity rooms in on-campus housing for fall term, and about 80% of courses will be offered in person. To support this higher level of operation, we anticipate that overall campus employee density will increase substantially but will still be less than normal. Faculty should plan to teach in person in the fall, with limited exceptions.

With this in mind, UCLA has created an online Campus Ramp-Up Planning Guide to help departments prepare to expand operations and to let faculty and staff know what they can expect, whether working on campus, remotely or in a hybrid fashion, and an online FlexWork Guide for Managers (PDF) to assist managers and supervisors in implementing flexible, supportive working arrangements for employees.  

Our planning target for departments this September is to have 50–75% of employees working in person, although some units involved in education delivery and support activities might approach 100%. We ask for employees’ patience as we continue to navigate this return to on-campus work.

Decisions about which employees and functions will shift back to campus — and in which order — will be made by each department, as we recognize that each functional area has its unique needs. Department heads, managers and supervisors are encouraged to allow those who can continue to perform their duties effectively from remote locations to do so.

Schedules may include FlexWork arrangements in which groups of employees alternate working on site and from home. We are excited about the ways in which this can help improve quality of life for our employees, reduce our environmental impact and create additional space on the UCLA campus.

Departments should provide the appropriate computer equipment for staff members who are working primarily from home; these employees will be responsible for supplying their own internet and communications connections.

Faculty and staff requesting an accommodation from in-person work should contact Employee Disability Management Services. Further information on accommodations is available in this report.


Remote work furniture allowance

Employees who will be working remotely three days a week or more for at least the next year are eligible to select an office chair and height-adjustable desk for their home workstation. To qualify for the allowance, employees must sign a FlexWork agreement, with their department’s approval. The cost of the furniture will be funded centrally. Read the full message.

UCLA will also provide up to $1,400 in reimbursement to employees who meet this qualification and who purchased chairs and desks that conform to the university’s ergonomic guidelines between March 20, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Technology purchases, such as computers and monitors, are not included as part of this program. This furniture purchased under this allowance remains the property of UCLA and must be returned upon the employee’s separation from the university.


Parking arrangements

It is conceivable that many returning employees who formerly used public transportation or UCLA’s various transportation services may instead choose to drive to campus. To alleviate any potential pressure on parking capacity, we will be working to design plans that strategically stagger the days various employees working hybrid in-person/remote schedules come to campus.

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 larger lecture courses are being conducted remotely (with their discussion sections being held primarily in person).

The following resources are aimed at easing the transition and providing practical guidance for instructors in the classroom:


More on these guidance documents is provided below. (Also see UCLA’s faculty BruinPosts from Aug. 30 and Sept. 17 and our faculty town hall from Sept. 20.)


Protocols for fall instruction

UCLA’s Academic Personnel Office and COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force have prepared a fall 2021 instruction protocols document (PDF) that outlines UCLA’s approach to teaching in the fall and answers a variety of questions instructors might have, including:

  • Can a course scheduled for remote instruction move to in-person?
  • What if I would rather teach my course remotely?
  • If I am isolating, quarantining or traveling, can I teach my class remotely?
  • Under what health–related circumstances might a class pivot to remote instruction?
  • Should I use a seating chart for my class?
  • What are the rules on masks, eating and drinking in class?


FAQ: Managing your classroom

UCLA’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force has produced a detailed FAQ for faculty members teaching in the fall that addresses questions that are likely to surface as in-person teaching resumes, including:

  • Will I know if students in my class have been vaccinated?
  • What if a student refuses to wear a mask or comply with other protocols?
  • What if I get sick? Can I teach my class remotely?
  • What if I have difficulty communicating because of my face mask?
  • What happens if students in my class test positive for COVID-19?


Accommodating students who can’t attend class

With the return to primarily 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 daily symptom monitoring system. It is important that these students have the opportunity to participate in remote learning and continue to have access to academic support services. Instructors are encouraged to consider the following approaches to accommodate those who are unable to attend class:

  • Class recordings
    Video or audio recordings of course lectures can be made available to students not in attendance (or to the entire class via CCLE or Canvas). Instructors may also decide to stream lectures by Zoom (making sure to turn on real-time automatic captioning). Check to see what audio-video recording capabilities your classroom has, or reach out to the Center for Advancement of Teaching about alternative options.
  • Attendance
    Absences resulting from isolation, quarantine or a symptom monitoring system instruction to remain off campus should not count against a student’s final grade. If class participation is a factor in grading, instructors should provide ways for students who have been absent to make up for lost opportunities and should outline these alternatives in their course syllabuses.
  • Assessments
    Students to who miss an assessment (midterm, final, presentation, etc.) because of isolation, quarantine or a symptom monitoring system instruction to remain off campus should be given the opportunity to make up the assessment once they are cleared to return to class. It is recommended that instructors design class assessments that can easily be completed by students who were absent and that can be transferred to a remote environment if remote instruction becomes necessary.


Further instructional guidance and details on accommodating students who cannot be in class can be found in the Academic Senate’s Aug. 30 message to instructors.


Instructional modalities: Resources and recommendations

UCLA’s Cross-Campus Teaching Innovation Group has assembled a Teaching Resources and Recommendations guide that covers a variety of different instructional scenarios and incorporates lessons learned from teaching during the pandemic to help instructors advance effective learning and equity in their courses.    

Note: Any general change in instructional delivery would be based on advice provided by the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force to senior campus leadership.


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.


Dealing with violations of health and safety guidelines

UCLA is focused on education and the development of a collaborative community of compliance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Instructors should remind students in their classes to complete the daily Symptom Monitoring Survey, to wear masks at all times in class and to follow other campus protocols. Those students who might arrive at class without a mask should be offered one.

There may be times when students, after being reminded, still refuse to comply with campus health and safety protocols. Instructors should report these violations to the Office of Student Conduct at dean@saonet.ucla.edu 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.

In general, instructors should do what they can to de-escalate situations of noncompliance, but it may be necessary at times to ask a noncompliant student to leave the classroom. If a student refuses to leave, instructors can consider ending the class or shifting to remote instruction for the day, although they are reminded to consider whether the risk posed by a noncompliant student justifies the learning disruption. All such instances should be reported, as above, to the Office of Student Conduct.

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).

Basic health and safety requirements

Symptom monitoring: Before arriving at on-campus offices and workplaces each day, employees are required to complete the Symptom Monitoring Survey. Supervisors and department chairs must check the COVID-19 Clearance Portal daily to make sure that employees who report directly to them have been cleared by the survey to be on campus.

Masks: Employees should wear masks at all time while in the office or workplace, regardless of the physical distance between them. Masks can be removed only when an employee is alone in an individual office with the door closed. (At this time, here is no need for solid or plexiglass dividers between office workstations.) Those employees who might arrive at work without a mask should be offered one.

Eating and drinking: Food and drink should not be consumed in offices, unless an employee is alone in an office with the door closed. Exceptions can be made for hydration or the medically necessary consumption of food or medications as appropriate. This safety precaution extends to indoor departmental meetings and employee celebrations held in departmental spaces. Eating and drinking are permitted outdoors and in restaurants, dining facilities or catering venues.


Workplace cleanings

Throughout the fall term, UCLA Facilities Management will continue to perform cleanings and disinfection of all high-use common areas, restrooms and public spaces throughout campus — including office common areas and restrooms. Details on these cleanings is available here (PDF).

For the cleaning of individual offices, units and departments can purchase cleaning packages through Facilities Management by submitting a facilities service request (please include “COVID” in the FAU project description).

Facilities Management has also installed hand sanitizer stations throughout campus. Individual units and departments are responsible for purchasing their own sanitizer for use in offices and workspaces


Workplace ventilation

UCLA Facilities Management on campus to make sure they meet industry recommendations for air exchanges and filtration. A website has been created that lists the buildings that do not meet the recommendations and should be reviewed by managers and supervisors.

UCLA Facilities Management has evaluated all building ventilation systems on campus to make sure they meet industry recommendations for COVID-19 air exchanges and filtration. Facilities Management has supplied portable HEPA air purifiers to those offices and workspaces that require them in order to meet industry standards — including most single occupancy offices without dedicated ventilation, multiple occupancy offices, conference rooms, and general assignment and departmental rooms.

Managers and supervisors who may still be unsure whether their spaces meet ventilation requirements can request a building ventilation assessment by Facilities Management to determine whether they need an air purifier or not.

A website has been created that lists the buildings that do not yet meet the recommendations and should be reviewed by managers and supervisors.


Office meetings and remote technology

There is no restriction on the number of employees in office meetings, but because a significant number of them are likely to be on a hybrid work schedule or completely remote, some offices may want to update their conference room audio-visual systems to accommodate those who are off site. UCLA’s IT Services has put together a set of technology recommendations based on room types, sizes and purposes to ease the burden of research and product selection. For more information, please contact IT services at help@it.ucla.edu or 310-267-4357.


Workplace COVID signage

To help the campus community navigate health and safety regulations related to working, teaching and learning, UCLA has installed relevant signage and messaging in most common and public areas.

For your convenience, you can also access signs and flyers for posting in offices and workplaces here:

When posting materials, pleasure make sure to follow UCLA Departmental Regulations for Posting Signage.


Dealing with violations of health and safety guidelines

UCLA is focused on developing of a collaborative community of compliance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Supervisors and department heads should remember to remind employees to complete the daily Symptom Monitoring Survey, to wear masks at all times in the office and to follow other campus protocols. Those employees who might arrive at work without a mask should be offered one.

There may be times when employees, after being reminded, refuse to comply with campus health and safety protocols. If employees demonstrate repeated noncompliance with protocols, a complaint can be made to the employee’s supervisor or unit head. In addition, reports of violations may be made anonymously through UCLA’s whistleblower hotline at 800-403-4744.

A determination will be made whether an employee’s violation was willful or not. Employees 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.

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


Pivoting to hybrid or remote work

Significant changes in the public health landscape could require UCLA to make changes to work arrangements during the fall quarter — including adjusting workplace density or shifting some offices to completely remote work. Our COVID-19 Pivot Plan and Decision Matrix (PDF) describes the criteria that will inform possible changes in our operations.

The research operational plan (ROP) program UCLA launched with the move to Phase 2 of the ramp-up plan is no longer required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field.

Principal investigators can now utilize as many researchers — including staff, postdoctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, volunteers and visiting scholars — 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).

While many of the restrictions for research activities, travel, field work, and community-based activities have been lifted, it remains critical that individuals participating in research on campus continue to follow the public health mitigations that remain in effect, including wearing face masks, completing the required symptom monitoring survey each day they will be on campus, verifying their vaccination status, and participating in COVID-19 testing if required. It is the responsibility of each PI to ensure that their activities are in compliance with these health and safety requirements and that they have articulated safety plans with all personnel on their team.

All new research and creative activities personnel starting in the fall (faculty, staff and students) should familiarize themselves with and follow the safety protocols in a laboratory, studio, library or performance space. Contact EH&S Field Research Safety regarding safety protocols for field and community-based research; contact your department for safety protocols in performance spaces. 

For more information about research operations, visit UCLA’s research ramp-up website or email c19@research.ucla.edu.


COVID research

Under UCLA Policy 992, any research group that plans to conduct research with SARS-CoV-2 must obtain Institutional Biosafety Committee approval prior to beginning any such research. As part of the IBC review process, a full risk assessment would be conducted to ensure worker safety and agent containment.


Students and research

With the ROP program no longer required for research and creative activities on campus or in the field, personnel density limits and previous restrictions placed on undergraduate student researchers have been lifted.


UCLA Research Administration

UCLA Research Administration staff are working remotely, and all offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Offices within UCLA Research Administration may be contacted through their individual websites:

Or email Marcia Smith (marcia.smith@research.ucla.edu) or Carina Cobos (carina.cobos@research.ucla.edu) at the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration.

Campus visitors

All guest lecturers, vendors, third-party contract workers, external parties participating in trainings or programs, and other invited guests defined as “covered non-affiliates” in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy must comply with UCLA’s health and safety requirements, including universal indoor masking while on campus and the completion of UCLA’s Symptom Monitoring Survey before coming onto campus.

In addition, non-affiliates should be prepared to verify their vaccination status or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours before entering campus areas or buildings to which they have been invited.


COVID testing: Affiliates on campus for more than one day

Those non-affiliates who will be on campus for more than one day will be required to complete COVID-19 testing, as outlined in our Community Screening Protocol.

Individuals can access a self-administered test at 300 Bradley Hall or another test distribution site on campus. More information is available on the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing page.

Please note: Delivery personnel and workers involved in similar activities must wear masks when entering UCLA buildings but are not subject to symptom monitoring or testing requirements, even though they may be making deliveries to multiple buildings over the course of a day.


Parking for invited guests

For information on campus parking locations and fees, please visit UCLA Transportation’s visitor parking page.

General visitors

The campus is open to the general public. Visitors to UCLA are expected to abide by all guidance posted throughout campus and to comply with UCLA’s current COVID-19 health and safety requirements, including wearing a mask while indoors.


Prospective students

At this time, there are several options for students and their families interested in taking a tour of the campus, including virtual tours narrated by current UCLA students and self-guided tours. Please see the Undergraduate Admission campus tours page for more information and availability.


Members of the public attending campus events

Those attending organized events on campus (and who are not third-party contractors or specifically invited guests) must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

Tests: Results of both PCR and antigen tests are acceptable as proof. Attendees showing proof of a negative test must provide a photo ID and documentation from a test provider or lab (either printed or on a smartphone) that includes the test result, the person’s name, the date of the test and the type of test.

For more information, see our Guidance for campus events page.


Parking for visitors

For information on campus parking locations and fees, please visit UCLA Transportation’s visitor parking page.

Campus facilities and services

UCLA is acutely aware of the emotional and social toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on members of our campus community. One of the UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force’s working groups has been developing plans to help safeguard the well-being of those returning to campus who may be in need of extra support.

Please visit our Emotional, Social and Physical Well-Being page for information on psychological counseling services, where to turn in a crisis and resources for maintaining emotional and physical health.

To help the campus community navigate health and safety regulations related to working, teaching and learning, UCLA has installed relevant signage and messaging in most common and public areas.

For your convenience, you can also access signs and flyers here:

When posting materials, pleasure make sure to follow UCLA Departmental Regulations for Posting Signage.

Cleanings

Prior to and during the fall term, UCLA Facilities Management will perform thorough cleanings and disinfection of all high-use common areas, restrooms and public spaces throughout campus — including office common areas and restrooms. Details on these cleanings is available here (PDF).

For the cleaning of individual offices, units and departments can purchase cleaning packages through Facilities Management by submitting a facilities service request (please include “COVID” in the FAU project description).

Facilities Management has also installed hand sanitizer stations throughout campus. Individual departments are responsible for purchasing their own sanitizer.


Ventilation

UCLA Facilities Management has evaluated all building ventilation systems on campus; the great majority of them already meet industry recommendations for COVID-19 air exchanges and filtration. Facilities Management has also supplied portable HEPA air purifiers to many offices and classrooms in order to meet industry standards — among them, single occupancy offices without dedicated ventilation, multiple occupancy offices, conference rooms, and general assignment and departmental classrooms.

Managers and supervisors can still request a building ventilation assessment by Facilities Management to determine whether they need an air purifier or not.

A website has been created that lists the buildings that do not yet meet the recommendations and should be reviewed by managers and supervisors.

For schedules and ticketing information for UCLA athletic events, both on and off campus, please visit the UCLA Central Ticket Office. Athletic events are now permitted without capacity or physical distancing limitations but are subject to state, county, local and NCAA health and safety requirements. Current guidelines and protocols are below.


UCLA football: Rose Bowl Stadium

All guests attending UCLA football games at the Rose Bowl Stadium, including children age 2 and up, are required to wear an appropriate face covering both when arriving at the venue and inside the stadium. Face masks can be removed only when attendees are actively eating or drinking.

From Oct. 7 on, by order of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, all attendees age 12 and older at any Rose Bowl event with more than 10,000 in attendance will need to verify that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and those under isolation or quarantine orders should not approach or enter the stadium.

Tests: Both PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Attendees must present a printed document, or an email or text message displayed on a phone, from the test provider or lab. The information should include their name, the type of test performed and the negative test result.

Ticketing: In an effort to ensure the safety of fans on gameday, tickets and parking permits are now being distributed digitally. Guests are asked to access their tickets digitally and present them on a smartphone to enter the stadium. (If you are unable to access tickets on a smartphone, please log into your account and reissue your tickets via the print-at-home delivery option.)

Season ticket holders can access their tickets and parking through the UCLA Bruins app, which is available for free through the App Store of Google Play Store. All others purchasing tickets will receive at email from cto@tickets.ucla.edu containing a link to their tickets. For questions, please contact the Central Ticket Office at the above email address or call 310-825-2946.


Other athletic events

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.

Attendees at all in-person UCLA athletic events must adhere to current health and safety rules, including special protocols for indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees and outdoor events with more than 10,000.

Indoor events: Face masks are required for all attendees at indoor events, whether they are vaccinated or not and regardless of the size of the event. By order of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (PDF), all individuals at indoor events with 1,000 or more attendees will be required to show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

Outdoor events: Face masks are required for all individuals at outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees, except when they are actively eating or drinking. Starting Oct. 7, 2021, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will require that operators of these mega-events verify the vaccination or negative test status of attendees.

For all other outdoor events, face masks are not required, but it is strongly recommended that attendees wear masks when they are in crowded settings and in sustained close contact with others whose vaccination status is not known.

Organized events no longer have capacity limits or physical distancing restrictions and are allowed on campus in alignment with the protocols listed below. This guidance applies to events and gatherings including, but not limited to, celebrations, dances, lectures, forums, performances, rallies, social gatherings, concerts, speaker presentations, and conferences. It does not apply to academic classes, research activities or normal, daily campus operations.

The protocols are in alignment with guidance from the California and Los Angeles County public health departments and in some cases surpass state and county requirements. They will be in place until at least Dec. 1. For more information, see Temporary Protocol for Organized Events (PDF).


Indoor events and performances

Face masks: Masking is mandatory at all indoor events of any size. Attendees should also wear masks while waiting in line to enter the venue.

Requirements for entry: Event organizers will be responsible for making the following verifications for entry and affirming in writing to the venue manager that they have done so.

UCLA students, faculty and staff attending an indoor event must show their Symptom Monitoring Survey clearance certificate for that day to gain entry.

Non-affiliates — those attendees who are not members of the UCLA community — must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

  • Results of both PCR and antigen tests are acceptable as proof.
  • Attendees showing proof of a negative test must provide a photo ID and documentation from a test provider or lab (either printed or on a smartphone) that includes the test result, the person’s name, the date of the test and the type of test.

For indoor mega-events — those with 1,000 or more attendees — it is the responsibility of the venue manager to verify all attendees’ full vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. (See the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s guidance on verifying COVID-19 vaccinations (PDF) and verifying negative COVID-19 tests (PDF) for details.)

Food and drink: Eating and drinking are generally prohibited at indoor events. Event organizers who want to serve food must do so in outdoor areas or provide to-go food items. (See exceptions to the food prohibition at indoor events below.)

Performers: Per guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, performers like singers or those playing brass or woodwind instruments at indoor events must wear face masks except when they are performing a task that cannot feasibly done while wearing a mask.


Outdoor events and performances

Face masks: At most outdoor events, masks are not required, but it is strongly recommended that attendees wear masks when they are in settings in which it is difficult to maintain a distance of at least 3 feet from other attendees. (However, masking is required while waiting to enter and exit the venue or use the restroom.)

Masks are required at all outdoor events with 1,000 or more attendees.

Requirements for entry: Event organizers will be responsible for making the following verifications for entry and affirming in writing to the venue manager that they have done so.

UCLA students, faculty and staff attending an outdoor event must show their Symptom Monitoring Survey clearance certificate for that day to gain entry.

Non-affiliates — those attendees who are not members of the UCLA community — must show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

  • Results of both PCR and antigen tests are acceptable as proof.
  • Attendees showing proof of a negative test must provide a photo ID and documentation from a test provider or lab (either printed or on a smartphone) that includes the test result, the person’s name, the date of the test and the type of test.

For outdoor mega-events — those with 10,000 or more attendees — it is the responsibility of the venue manager to verify all attendees’ vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours. (See the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s guidance on verifying COVID-19 vaccinations (PDF) and verifying negative COVID-19 tests (PDF) for details.)


Where indoor food is permitted and prohibited

The prohibition on food and drink at indoor events extends to indoor departmental meetings and employee celebrations held in departmental spaces.

However, indoor dining is permitted at events held at formal campus restaurant establishments and dining halls, which follow the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s best practices for food and beverage services (PDF) and guidance for higher education institutions (PDF).

It is also permitted at formal catering venues managed by UCLA Housing & Hospitality, the Luskin Conference Center and ASUCLA, provided that dining capacity is reduced to 50% to 75% of normal occupancy. In situations in which reduced indoor capacity is difficult to achieve, the venue manager should consider moving the event outdoors, either fully or partially.

In all cases, outdoor dining is preferred and should be considered first.

Campus dining facilities and restaurants

Restaurants and dining halls on campus can now operate indoors and outdoors with no limits on seating capacity or physical distancing requirements. Masks are still required indoors except when actively eating or drinking. UCLA recommends that when dining outdoors in groups, individuals wear a mask except when actively consuming food or drink.

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 also be made for hydration or the medically necessary consumption of food or medications as appropriate.

UCLA Dining Services
Includes menus, locations, hours of operation and special services.

ASUCLA restaurants
Hours of operation for restaurants in Ackerman Union, the Court of Sciences and other locations throughout campus.

ASUCLA catering
Meal pick-up or delivery options for those who are working on campus.

Plateia
Award-winning restaurant at the Luskin Conference Center.

UCLA Faculty Center
The faculty center is currently closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in March 2022.


Campus stores

The UCLA Store in Ackerman Union and ASUCLA stores throughout campus are currently open to the public without physical distancing or capacity limitations. For store locations and hours, visit the store schedules page.

UCLA Library will resume onsite services at most of its library locations on Monday, Sept. 13, and will steadily ramp up normal operations for the start of the fall term. Read the full message and visit UCLA Library’s Fall 2021 Opening FAQ page for more details.

The following libraries, centers and service points will be accessible from Sept. 13 on to valid BruinCard holders only; library facilities remain closed to the general public. All campus health and safety protocols will be in effect at these locations, including vaccination and masking rules.

The following library locations will be closed due to construction but UCLA Library will be available to provide assistance with materials:

UCLA Library staff are available for remote and in-person instructional support for classes and instructors; please submit an instruction request or email RequestInstruction@library.ucla.edu. Staff are also available to provide remote research help.


Temporary remote services ending

The renewed focus on in-person services will result in the deactivation of most temporary services developed to support remote research and learning during the pandemic, including:

For more information, see the UCLA Library FAQ. Any additional question can be directed to AskUs@library.ucla.edu.

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