Public Health Committee recommendations regarding student return in fall 2021

May 2021

With the goal of moving to largely in-person instruction in the fall and a return to the “next normal” on campus, the Public Health Committee wants to clarify public health requirements and expectations for students, both undergraduate and graduate.


As per the draft UCOP SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy, we expect that University of California personnel, trainees, and students accessing university facilities and programs in person will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, subject to limited exceptions and exemptions, likely beginning at the start of the Fall 2021 term.

Student arrival/re-entry

(Subject to change depending on conditions)

All students living on campus, whether vaccinated or not, are required to be tested upon arrival to campus.  Those who are not vaccinated are required to self-sequester for 7 days, and test again on day five.  Those students living off campus whose travels to campus necessitated use of mass transit will be strongly encouraged to self-sequester and test at entry and at 5 days.


Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated will be required to complete asymptomatic testing through UHS on a weekly basis if they participate in on-site work or activities.  For those who are vaccinated, they will be exempt from testing for 180 days post full vaccination (full vaccination means two weeks following the last dose of the vaccine).

The campus intends to conduct random surveillance testing of a small percentage of the vaccinated population; students will be selected and required to participate in that testing.

We also anticipate that Cal/OSHA will publish guidelines requiring 1-2x/week testing of unvaccinated employees (including student employees).