COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

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Most COVID-19 requirements have been lifted, though some requirements and recommendations remain:

  • COVID-19 Testing: The campus’s extensive testing strategy, which was extremely effective in fall quarter 2021, is designed to lay a solid foundation for our spring quarter. Learn more about testing requirements for students and for employees. Schedule a test online.

  • Obtain a booster when eligible The UC system COVID-19 vaccination policy requires faculty, staff, and students to obtain a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. UCSC’s deadline for compliance with the booster requirement was Jan. 31, 2022. Upload proof of your booster.

  • Face coverings: Effective April 10, masks will not be required for most indoor settings at UC Santa Cruz facilities, but their use will still be strongly recommended. Masks will still be required on campus public transportation, in the Early Education Services centers, and in clinical settings, such as the Student Health Center and at indoor COVID-19 testing sites. KN95 masks and surgical masks are availabe on campus many locations including the McHenry Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Bay Tree Bookstore. Learn more about requirements for face coverings.

  • Daily symptom checks: Employees and visitors, including those who are vaccinated, must complete daily symptom checks when they are on-site, a requirement set by Cal/OSHA.

  • COVID-19 training: COVID-19 training is still required for all employees who are on site at any UCSC facility. The current training is being revised, and we will pass along the revised information when it is ready.

  • UC vaccination policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all faculty, staff, academic appointees, and students accessing facilities at any UC campus this fall. Employees and students can submit proof of vaccination online or request an exemption.

Last update: March 30, 2022

COVID-19: Community Update

  • From Gary Dunn, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Health and Wellness andElizabeth Miller, Medical Director, Student Health Services - 4.25.2022 (link)

Indoor mask guidance for staff

  • From Biju Kamaleswaran, Interim Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services - 4.5.2022 (link)

Suggested language about indoor masking

  • From Lori Kletzer, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, David Brundage, Chair, Academic Senate and Jody Greene, Special Advisor to the CP/EVC for Educational Equity and Academic Success Associate Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning - 3.24.2022 (link)

Update to indoor masking policy

  • From Cynthia Larive, Chancellor and Lori Kletzer, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor - 3.15.2022 (link)

Spring Break COVID Updates

  • From Biju Kamaleswaran, Interim Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services - 3.3.2022 (link)

Spring break COVID testing protocol and travel guidelines

  • From Gary Dunn, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Health and Wellness and Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Medical Director, Student Health Services - 3.2.2022 (link)

Indoor masking still in effect on campus

  • From Lori Kletzer, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor - 2.14.2022 (link)

COVID-19 testing options, updated cadence, daily symptom checker and more

  • From Lori Kletzer, Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor - 2.2.2022 (link)

Action Required: Instructions for Return to On-Site Work

  • From Biju Kamaleswaran, Interim Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services - 12.27.2021(link)

Winter Break COVID-19 Testing Requirements

  • From Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business Administrative Services - 12.6.2021 (link)

Campus indoor face coverings requirement continues

  • From Lori Kletzer, Campus Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor and Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business Administrative Services - 9.30.2021 (link)

New guidance for wearing face coverings on campus

  • From Lori Kletzer, Campus Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor - 8.2.2021 (link)

Revised mask recommendations from Santa Cruz County

  • From Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business Administrative Services - 7.21.2021 (link)

COVID-19 protocol changes for campus employees, spaces and programs

  • From Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business Administrative Services - 6.25.2021 (link)

Changes in Access to Engineering Buildings

  • From Anne Criss, Assistant Dean, Baskin School of Engineering - 6.21.2021 (link)

Opening Up Offices & Lab/Studio Spaces for Research Purposes

  • From Scott Brandt, Vice Chancellor for Research - 3.30.2021 (link)

Vaccination Information

  • From Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business Administrative Services - 2.18.2021 (link)