COVID-19 Information

Campus Requirements

All students, staff, faculty, visitors, and non-campus affiliates who will be on campus should refer to the policies, requirements, and protocols outlined below.

Policies and 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, including a booster shot if eligible, 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. More information is available at UCnet and in FAQs for employees and for students.
  • Visitors and non-campus affiliates can be asked to complete the On Demand screening survey or the COVID-19 Screening for Minor Children. This survey produces clearance certificates that are emailed to the survey taker for use on campus when required. The On Demand Screening Survey also fulfills the recommendations that campus visitors using our facilities should attest that their COVID-19 vaccines are up to date, or show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Visitors and non-campus affiliates should comply with the California Department of Public Health recommendations to reduce COVID-19 transmission at large events.
  • 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 campus COVID-19 test. Weekly COVID-19 testing is also available at no charge to all members of the campus community.

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. Self-collection saliva testing kits are available for pick-up at various locations on campus. 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 Building 434 (Annex). 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.