COVID-19 Information

Return to 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 receive an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in any University programs. Faculty, staff and students must submit their COVID-19 vaccination documentation or exception/accommodation/deferral requests by Thursday, Sep. 9. Faculty and staff members and students who obtained their COVID-19 vaccines outside of UC Santa Barbara Student Health should submit their COVID-19 vaccination information online through the “Medical Clearances” section of the Student Health Patient PortalInstructions can be found on the Student Health website.More information is available at UCnet and in FAQs for employees and for students.

student with face covering

All members of the university community who will be on campus or in campus-owned housing must complete the daily COVID-19 screening survey. Additionally, non-vaccinated undergraduate students 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 recommended for any non-vaccinated graduate students and faculty and staff members coming to campus.

Daily Symptom Screening

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate 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 and have a campus COVID-19 test every week in order to receive a green clearance badge. Those who are not cleared must remain in quarantine or isolation.

To turn on the screening badge, undergraduates should follow the instructions on the Student Health website. Upon activation, undergraduate students will immediately be prompted to take the COVID-19 Symptom Screening Survey. 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.

Graduate Students, Undergraduate Student Employees and Research Assistants, Faculty and Staff Members and Campus Visitors and Non-Affiliates

Graduate students and faculty and staff members may use either the employee Daily Covid-19 Screening Survey, or the single-use On Demand online survey. Those with a UCSBNetID can enroll in the employee Daily Survey. Others, including visitors and non-campus affiliates, can use the On Demand screening survey.

Undergraduate student employees and research assistants must complete the Daily COVID-19 Screening Survey or the On Demand online survey in addition to the undergraduate survey through Student Health referenced above. For frequent use, undergraduate student employees and research assistants should enroll in the employee Daily Survey. For single use, the On Demand screening survey may be used.

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 that they have not met the requirements of the flu shot mandate, or have not complied with quarantine guidelines after recent travel will receive red, orange or yellow badges, indicating they are not cleared to be on-site.

Please note: If you tested POSITIVE in the past 90 days, but your badge is showing as overdue for testing, this is due to an issue related to the badge system. To have your badge cleared as quickly as possible, call 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. Call or email early in the day to avoid missing any campus appointments.

Weekly Testing

Weekly testing is required for all non-vaccinated undergraduate students living in campus-owned housing and for those attending in-person classes or labs, working on campus, or entering any campus building, including dining commons. Testing is recommended for other non-vaccinated groups, including staff and faculty members working on campus, and graduate students living in campus-owned housing.

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 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 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.