COVID-19 Information

Campus Updates

Last updated: Feb 2, 2021

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our community and to assist our students, faculty and staff in managing the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has taken a number of actions and adopted a range of practices and protocols. They are outlined in the following announcements.

Recent Announcements

Campus Masking Guidance Update

  • Effective June 13, the campus will return to the masking guidelines of the California Department of Public Health. Masks are strongly recommended but no longer required in indoor spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status, except when working alone in private offices. Additional information can be found in the June 13 communication.

New Location for UCSB COVID-19 Testing Clinic

  • To make testing on campus more convenient, the UCSB COVID-19 Testing Clinic will be relocated from Loma Pelona Center to Building 434, Room 121, across the bike path from Storke Tower. Effective Monday, June 13, the move also will free up Loma Pelona for campus events and activities. Testing appointments will still be made via the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway, according to a June 6 communication from the campus medical team. There will be no testing available on campus Friday, June 10. In addition, testing will only be available in the mornings during the break week of June 20-24, 2022. Lastly, the campus COVID-19 Call Center will discontinue telephone service after June 9, but questions will still be answered through email at

Discontinuing Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey Requirement

  • Starting Monday May 16, 2022, students, staff and faculty will no longer be required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey prior to coming to campus, and the RecCen and Dining Commons will no longer require a COVID-19 Badge before entry. Additional information, including details for visitors, can be found in the May 13 communication

Employee Return to Work After COVID-19 Isolation or Quarantine

  • In adherence with CalOSHA policies, all UC Santa Barbara employees, including student employees, must stay in isolation or quarantine outside of the workplace for 10 days following a COVID-19 diagnosis or close contact exposure (if not fully vaccinated). However, as outlined in a recent message from the campus COVID-19 Response Team, the required 10 day period can be shortened to 5 days by meeting certain conditions and following certain protocols, such as being free of COVID-19 symptoms and providing a negative test result. The type of test required and manner in which it is taken vary by vaccination status. Complete details are in the February 10 communication.

Flu Vaccination Mandate

  • The Office of the President has issued an executive order making influenza vaccinations mandatory for all students and employees. The order, effective throughout the 2021-22 flu season, requires that all students and faculty and other academic appointees and staff members who live, work or learn on any UC campus indicate that they have received or declined to receive a vaccination. The UC Office of the President has developed FAQs for employees and FAQs for students to address general questions. Additional information is also available at Flu Vaccination Mandate 2021-22 and on The Current.

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

  • The Office of Environmental Health & Safety has updated its COVID-19 Prevention Plan, an all-inclusive preparation plan for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 within the UC Santa Barbara community amid the campus’s gradual return to in-person instruction, research, operations and other activities.

Travel Guidance

Additional notices from the Chancellor and others may be found in Messages to Campus.

Campus Mitigation Protocols

For faculty and staff members who are reporting to work on-site and for students who live in university housing or attend classes or conduct research on campus, a number of protocols are in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Among them are the following:

Vaccine Policy

The UC Office of the President has established a systemwide vaccine policy, which requires all UC employees and students to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, including a booster shot if eligible, or receive an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in any University programs. More information can be found in the Chancellor’s UC Systemwide Vaccine Policy Update and at UCnet. In addition, the UC Office of the President has developed FAQs for employees and for students.

Face Coverings

Effective June 13, masks are no longer required but are strongly recommended in indoor spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status, except when working alone in private offices. Universal masking is still required in high-risk settings such as healthcare facilities.

Per Cal/OSHA, a face covering is a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar or single layer of fabric. A summary of California Department of Public Health and CDC face mask guidelines can be found on the Health & Wellbeing page.

Face masks, both surgical and N95, are available without charge for students, faculty, and staff at the UCEN Campus Store Customer Service Desk and the A.S. Pardall Center, and at other locations on campus. Access the "N95 Mask - How to Wear" and the "N95 Respirator Use" videos to learn about proper use of N95 respirators. 

Two face mask designs that feature transparent face panels have been approved for general use, from Safe 'N' Clear and ClearMask. Face shields require special approval from Human Resources Workplace Accommodations or the Disabled Students Program for specific medical conditions. The California Department of Public Health has developed a set of FAQs explaining why face shields are less effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. 

Employees, students and campus visitors are required to follow the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards for the use of face coverings during an outbreak, and California Department of Public Health guidance for the use of face coverings in certain settings, including health care settings, public transit, indoor youth settings and mega events. 

Physical Distancing

Vaccinated individuals are not required to maintain a specific physical distance, whether indoors or outdoors. For non-vaccinated individuals, Cal/OSHA recommends the use of face coverings outdoors when working within 6 feet of other people. 


Frequent hand washing and surface cleaning is recommended. Disinfection should be performed in work areas where a COVID-19 exposure has been reported.

Campus Resources

Additional guidelines, including those related to the daily screening survey, weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated undergraduate students and the “COVID-19 Returning to Work Training” course required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health, are outlined on the Campus Requirements page.

Human Resources’ Guidance for Staff and Supervisors During COVID-19 Impacts provides information and resources for staff and supervisors. Links on the page are updated as announcements are made and new information becomes available.

Environmental Health & Safety has posted its COVID-19 Prevention Plan, an all-inclusive mitigation and preparation plan for the campus’s gradual return to in-person instruction, research, operations and other activities.

The Environmental Health Program at Environmental Health & Safety offers numerous resources, including general information, guidance documents, information on masks and face coverings, cleaning resources and infographics and signage.

Some or all instruction for all or part of the Academic Year may be delivered remotely. Tuition and fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. Figures for tuition and fees represent currently approved or proposed amounts and may not be final. Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California as determined to be necessary or appropriate. Final approved tuition and fee levels may differ from the amounts presented.