COVID-19 Information

Campus Requirements

The UC Office of the President has established a systemwide vaccine policy that requires all UC employees and students to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus or to have received an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in any University programs. The deadline to submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation or exception/accommodation/deferral requests was Thursday, Sep. 9. More information is available at UCnet and in FAQs for employees and for students.

All members of the university community who will be on campus or in campus-owned housing must complete the daily COVID-19 screening survey. Visitors and non-campus affiliates may use the On Demand screening survey and should reference the university’s interim visitors protocol for additional information.

Additionally, all non-vaccinated students and faculty and staff members who live in campus-owned housing, work, attend classes or conduct research on campus, or want to access campus facilities must obtain a weekly COVID-19 test. Weekly COVID-19 testing is also available at no charge to all members of the campus community.

All faculty and staff members, students and visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face masks in all shared indoor campus spaces.

Daily Symptom Screening

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

All students who live in campus-owned housing, work, attend classes or conduct research on campus, or want to access campus facilities must complete the COVID-19 symptom screening every day. Upon completing the survey, students will receive a clearance badge that tells them whether they are allowed to enter campus facilities. Students must complete the symptom survey daily in order to receive a green clearance badge and, in addition, non-vaccinated undergraduate students must also have a campus COVID-19 test every week. Those who are not cleared must remain in quarantine or isolation.

Students will receive a daily email reminder to complete their screening survey by logging on to the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway.

This survey must be completed to attain a green badge for the day. For additional information about health patient portal badges and how they work, undergraduate students should visit the Student Health website.

Faculty and Staff Members, Campus Visitors and Non-Affiliates

Faculty and staff members must complete the COVID-19 symptom screening every day in order to access campus facilities. Upon completing the survey, they will receive a clearance badge that tells them whether they are allowed to enter campus facilities. Faculty and staff members must complete the symptom survey daily in order to receive a green clearance badge and, in addition, non-vaccinated individuals must also have a campus COVID-19 test every week. Those who are not cleared must remain in quarantine or isolation.

Faculty and staff members will receive a daily email reminder to complete their screening survey by logging on to the Student Health Patient Portal Gateway.

This survey must be completed to attain a green badge for the day. For additional information about health patient portal badges and how they work, undergraduate students should visit the Student Health website.

Visitors and non-campus affiliates may use the On Demand screening survey.

More information is available at Student Health Services.

Clearance Badges

A green email badge indicates clearance to be on-site. Those whose daily survey responses suggest symptoms of COVID-19 and/or recent exposure, or who have not met their weekly COVID-19 testing requirements or have not complied with quarantine guidelines after recent travel will receive purple badges, indicating they are not cleared to be on-site.

Questions about the daily COVID-19 screening survey or clearance badges should directed to the COVID-19 Call Center at (805) 893-3113 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu.

Weekly Testing

Weekly testing is required for all non-vaccinated students, faculty and staff who live in campus-owned housing, or are attending in-person classes or labs, working on campus, or entering any campus building, including dining commons. Testing is available without charge for all members of the campus community.

COVID-19 tests are self-administered via nasal swab or saliva sample, with instructions provided by a trained health care provider. Additional information can be found on the Student Health website. And a video with instructions is available on the university's YouTube channel.

Testing is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Loma Pelona and in the Linda Vista Room in the Santa Catalina residence hall. Appointments are made in 5-minute intervals, and the overall testing time is less than 15 minutes.

Making a Testing Appointment - Students

  1. Sign into the Student Health Patient Portal with your UCSBNetID and password
  2. Select “Appointments”
  3. Select “COVID-19 Services”
  4. Select “Testing Services”
  5. Select “Schedule My Weekly Testing”
  6. Schedule your appointment by selecting an available date and time.
  7. Confirm your appointment location, date, and time and then click “Schedule.” (You must click on “Schedule” so your appointment is confirmed.)

If you would like to schedule a recurring weekly appointment at the same time, email ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu.

Making a Testing Appointment - Staff and Faculty Members

  1. Sign into the Student Health Patient Portal with your UCSBNetID and password
  2. Select "Schedule an appointment"
  3. Select "Employee COVID-19 Testing" 
  4. Enter your current phone number, if prompted
  5. Schedule your appointment by selecting an available date and time.
  6. Select "Continue"
  7. Confirm your appointment location, date, and time and then click “Confirm.” (You must click on “Confirm” so your appointment is confirmed.)

If you would like to schedule a recurring weekly appointment at the same time, email ucsb-covid19@ucsb.edu.

On the Day of your Test Appointment

  • Complete your daily symptom screening
  • Know where you are going for your test and give yourself enough time to get there. Walking to the testing site is encouraged as parking is limited.
  • Remember to bring:
    • A face covering
    • A smart phone with your QR code or a paper printout of your QR code. If you are unable to obtain a QR code, bring an ID, preferably one that contains your perm number, if you are a student.

The results of your COVID-19 test are available through the Student Health Patient portal, generally within 72 hours. Anyone testing positive for coronavirus will be contacted by the COVID-19 Response team with instructions for isolation and treatment.

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 or want to access campus facilities, a number of protocols are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. You can find them on our Campus Updates page.

In addition, employees working on-site must complete the “COVID-19 Returning to Work Training” course required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health, which is available through the UC Learning Center.