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COVID-19 Information for Students

Please check back regularly for the latest on this fast-evolving situation.

We work closely with Associated Students and Graduate Student Association leaders to provide ongoing communication in order to keep you informed and focused on your health. As local, national and global public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, we are proactively taking steps that will help to protect the community.

COVID-19 Updates to Students


Fall 2020 Quarter: 


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To help address specific questions you may have regarding the effects of COVID-19 on your experience as a Triton, we will continue to curate the following list of student-centered resources and updates.

Supporting Students

Student Retention and Success

Military-Connected Support
Are you or someone you know connected to someone who served or is serving? Please visit our Virtual Student Veterans Resource Center to find community and support.

Student Success Coaching
Student Success Coaching holistically supports a cohort of first-generation college students through goal setting and personalized success plans. We are hosting virtual drop-in hours for all students to connect with a Success Coach for one-on-one strengths based coaching.

Explore Research Opportunities
Academic Enrichment Programs is making use of remote and digital capabilities to support undergraduate research programs even through this period of limited access to campus resources.  Explore our Spring 2020 webpage to learn more.

Looking for Community and Support?
OASIS is excited to support all students at UC-San Diego holistically through digital mentoring, academic resource communities, and resource seminars. View a comprehensive look at our Spring 2020 services.

Support for Undocumented Students
Undocumented Student Services is in operation and ready to support students in the Spring Quarter through the use of remote service delivery technologies. Please visit our Spring 2020 Updates page to learn more.

Digital Triton Transfer Hub
Transfer students can take the Digital Triton Transfer Hub with them wherever, whenever. Virtual services will include access to the Triton Transfer Forum, Live Streams, Virtual Meet Ups, and Online Transfer Peer Coaching. Access these resources and services by visiting our website, and continue to read our newsletters for updates and upcoming opportunities.

Chancellor's Associates Scholars Program
The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program is operating remotely and excited to continue building strong connections for our scholars throughout the UC San Diego community. Scholars can find the most up-to-date information and resources on and all students can sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter on our website.

Remote Student Employment

  • Student Affairs hosted a “Student Employment Options (PDF)” webinar on March 26 to answer frequently asked questions for student employees and their supervisors.
  • We encourage you to visit Handshake to review new open remote positions for student employees. You will find remote positions already posted as the campus seeks to hire student employees to provide faculty with additional IT instructional support for spring 2020.
  • Are you a student employee who has lost work?  If you’ve already worked with your employer and are still experiencing a financial hardship due to loss of wages, fill out the Intake Form for Lost Wages for Student Employees

Parents and Families Webinar

On April 15, UC San Diego hosted a webinar for Triton Parents and Families on "COVID-19: Support for Students."

Remote Learning

Academic Information and Support

For regularly updated information and policy changes affecting students, we encourage you to visit our Academic Information hub.

The Teaching + Learning Commons has compiled a list of strategies, resources, and academic support offerings available to students as you prepare to make the transition to remote courses.

Access to Computers and Discounted Software

  • The Computer Lab Lookup  – this webpage will be continually updated as we work to gain access to computer labs on campus for students to use for remote instruction.
  • Laptop Loaner Program  – students can request a laptop through our laptop lending program. We are partnering with financial aid and ITS to work with students who qualify.

The corporate resources below are available for students and faculty to help support a quality virtual learning environment.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud:
    • As a result of the campus closure, access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe is providing temporary at-home access for impacted students, staff, and faculty, so that they can continue their work remotely. Follow the instructions to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.

Information Technology Resources

Our Principles of Community in the Online Classroom

Our goal is to deliver the best educational experience possible, even under these challenging conditions. Observing our Principles of Community in the virtual environment will help us create and maintain a positive and vibrant online learning community. Recognize and take into consideration that our richly diverse cultures and life experiences will influence our online engagement. Treat each other with respect and the dignity we all deserve. If you witness or experience online behavior that constitutes harassment or discrimination, remember to report it to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination (OPHD).

Privacy Guidelines for Remote Instruction

As UC San Diego modifies the ways in which we conduct business and interactions move online during this pandemic, please be mindful that general privacy requirements remain intact. Learn more about videoconferencing precautions, protecting information while telecommuting, privacy during online exams and more.

Remote Library Resources

In the latest issue of their newsletter, the Library provides a list of recommended reads from librarians, de-stress activities, custom Library Zoom backgrounds, information on the "Today I Learned" digital campaign, a top 10 UCTV Library Channel watch list, and more.

For the safety and well-being of our community, Geisel Library and the Biomedical Library Building are closed until further notice. Please visit the Library's COVID-19 response page to learn more about services available to students at the Library and in the community during these challenging times.

Most of the library’s e-journals, databases, and electronic reserve materials are restricted so that only current UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can use them off campus. Eligible users seeking off-campus access must configure their devices by using one of two VPN services.

Access to copyrighted material in the HathiTrust digital library is now open to member institutions, including UC San Diego. Visit the Library’s News Center to read more about how you can access millions of digitized books this quarter.

Housing, Dining, and Campus Facilities

Housing and Dining Updates

On-campus housing communities will remain open and operational. HDH and Residential Life will continue to support students who choose to reside on campus. Visit the HDH COVID-19 FAQ page for up-to-date information.

Parking and Transportation

Temporary provisions affecting parking, Triton Transit and Triton Mobility began March 30. Learn more about these revisions on Transportation Services' website.

Remote Instruction Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Like in-person classes, online courses are required to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities. All course content must be provided in accessible formats. The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is working with numerous departments, divisions, and units to communicate information regarding accommodations for students with disabilities for Fall Quarter 2020. 

Please visit the OSD COVID-19 website for details, including Information for Faculty and Information for Students. Be sure to check back regularly for the latest OSD updates related to remote instruction.

Students or faculty who have specific questions or concerns about accommodations should contact for assistance.

Health and Well-being

Basic Needs

To support our resilient students, both The Hub Basic Needs Center and Triton Food Pantry  will be open with full operational hours for Fall Quarter. For questions, please visit the websites above, or reach out to or 858-246-2632.


Visit The Playground to stay on track with your fitness and nutrition needs during Fall Quarter 2020.

Student Personal Wellness Online is a FREE online health and fitness program offered to current students. Register today at Student Personal Wellness.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services is open to provide care for UC San Diego Students. We have implemented many changes to ensure that healthy, asymptomatic students who come to Student Health are safe and not exposed to infection. All patients and staff are masked at Student Health Services whether they are in Urgent Care or our Primary Care areas. Our pharmacy, nurses clinic, lab and X-ray are still open. Please call 858-534-3300 to speak to a nurse to determine if you need an in-person appointment or can have a video visit.

Testing for COVID-19 is still being done at SHS and is covered by SHIP.  We are able to test any student that presents with any risk factors or symptoms of having COVID-19.

Pharmacy: Our Student Health Pharmacy is able to deliver any medications for free to students that live anywhere in California. Students can contact Student Health Pharmacy at 858-534-2135 or go through MyStudentChart and request a refill. Our pharmacy can send prescriptions for 90-day supply to students living in California via FedEx. They are unable to send controlled medications or refrigerated medications. Students have a lower copay if they fill their medications through Student Health.

Telemedicine at Student Health: Any UC San Diego student may now have video visits or telephone visits with their Student Health primary care providers if they live anywhere in California. For students with SHIP and RAFT, there is no copay or visit charge. For students without SHIP, the same visit charges apply that would be used for in-person visits.

Mental Wellness

If you – or someone you know - need(s) to speak with someone or are feeling overwhelmed, please contact:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) - CAPS offers  counseling to help students in crisis or who are feeling stress.

Undergraduate Colleges - t he undergraduate college Deans of Student Affairs are available to provide personalized support and assistance:

Graduate Division and Departments  - the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the Graduate Division - April Bjornsen - is available at 858-534-3550 or

Additional Updates

'Three's Company' Pilot Program

UC San Diego received approval from the County of San Diego to offer a pilot program that allows students to socialize in small groups (three or fewer), so long as they are outside, wearing face coverings, and observing physical distancing.

This pilot does not change the guest policy for campus residents; students are not allowed to have anyone in their apartment/ suite who is not contracted to live in that space, and are not allowed to visit other apartments/ suites. All indoor socializing is considered a violation of campus policy, and is subject to progressive discipline through the student conduct process.

Small group socializing (groups of three students or fewer) may occur in any outdoor space on campus. Students are asked to avoid congregating in areas adjacent to campus dining halls and classrooms, to minimize congestion.

‘Three's Company’ Dynamics/Rules:

  • All students must complete the Student Symptom and Exposure Screening tool prior to gathering, and receive a green thumb
  • All members of the group must wear a facial covering at all times
  • Physical distancing (minimum of 6 feet) must be maintained at all times
  • Groups are limited to three (3) individuals at any one time; dependents accompanied by their student parent are exempt from the count of three
  • Groups of four (4) or more students must be avoided and are considered a violation of campus policy
  • Students can socialize together in groups of three (3) for up to two (2) hours, as set forth by the County of San Diego

Students are encouraged to keep track of who they are socializing with for contact tracing purposes, should it become necessary. However, this is not required.

The university is currently prohibited from hosting events of any kind, so socializing in small groups may not occur as part of any organized event or program.

Halloween Weekend - Open Letter to University Students

Dear Fellow San Diego University Community,

The Halloween weekend is quickly approaching, which in a non-pandemic year, would be the biggest social event of the year for many of our campuses. However, we know that celebrations at this time can lead to poor decisions, adverse consequences, and an increased risk of COVID-19 exposure.

As we are weathering through a major pandemic, our celebrations will look very different. The latest San Diego County Public Health Order (PDF) does not permit indoor gatherings, although outdoor gatherings with appropriate masking and physical distancing for up to three households are allowed. In light of this, we recommend that you stay inside and do one of the following:

  • Attend a virtual event planned by your campus
  • Have a scary movie marathon
  • Host a trivia night all about Halloween
  • Compete in a costume contest with friends
  • Anything in-person that involves just your residential bubble

We are counting on you to do your part. Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping our campuses and communities safe!

Take care,

San Diego County Student Government Leaders

Quynh Nguyen
President, Graduate & Professional Student Association of UC San Diego

Kimberly Giangtran
President, Associated Students of UC San Diego

Michael Garrett
President, Associated Students Incorporated of CSU San Marcos

Joey Abeyta
President, Associated Student Government, University of San Diego

Robbie Ponce
President, Student Bar Association, USD School of Law

Yasmine Kalhor
Chair, Graduate Student Council, University of San Diego

Christian J. Holt
President, Associated Students, San Diego State University

In-Person Events Cancellation

'In-Person Events' are defined as:
Any planned in-person gathering including but not limited to celebrations, dances, lectures, forums, performances, meetings, rallies, social gatherings, concerts, speaker presentations, conferences, contests, competitions or tournaments. In-person events do not include classes and curricular activities.

Are meetings considered events? 


Can my department or student organization host an event off campus?

No. If your department or student organization is hosting an off-campus, in-person UC San Diego event, this is in violation of this campus policy. You  are strongly encouraged to consider the health and safety of our community.

How can I request an exception to the interim events policy?

There are no exemptions to this policy.

Can I hold an event with my residential pod/ bubble?

Once the safety and well-being of the Residential Unit Pod has been established (post-October 12), the development of Residential Programs will be prioritized. Individual students should not organize events in the Residence Halls. Please consult with Res-Life staff about the appropriateness of any proposed activity that might be considered an event.

Can our student organization or department host a drive-thru or drive-in event?

There are no drive-in events, but drive-thru events may be considered with approval from the Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs.

Where can I find a calendar of virtual events for students, faculty and staff?

Please see the Virtual Student Union for student remote and virtual programming.

Why can UC San Diego Recreation host an outdoor fitness class, but my student organization can’t hold an outdoor activity?

Recreation outdoor fitness classes are considered curricular, and student organization outdoor activities are not.

What will happen if our group holds an in-person event in violation of the temporary events policy?

Violating campus policy is subject to disciplinary action.

Does the university have any resources that would help departments and student organizations host virtual events?

Yes. The Price Center and the Director of Remote Student Experience are available to provide support. In addition, the Triton CommUnity Initiatives will provide financial support for approved remote and virtual collaborations.

Are protests allowed on campus?

In-person events are canceled for Fall Quarter 2020.

What if conditions improve and county guidelines change?

In-person events are canceled for Fall Quarter 2020.

At what point will the university make a decision for Winter Quarter 2020? For Spring Quarter 2021?

We will re-visit this interim policy in mid-December 2020.

Graduate/Professional Students

Graduate and professional students are subject to the same biweekly COVID-19 testing requirements as undergraduates. Please see below for help navigating these requirements.


Grad Life Website

Graduate Division Dean James Antony provides graduate and professional students with regular updates and important information outlining campus resources on the Grad Life website.

Undergraduate Student Testing

Undergraduate students are subject to the same biweekly COVID-19 testing requirements as graduate and professional students. Please see below for help navigating these requirements.


Student Conduct Policies

Please click below to view a recorded presentation on COVID-19-specific Student Conduct policies.

International Students & Programs Office

International students can visit the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers site for more information about travel, enrollment, employment, and other resources. International Student Advisors are also available via Zoom online advising or email to answer questions or provide additional support.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We understand that there are many questions surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on our students' financial security. Please visit this FAQ page for more information on financial aid and scholarships.


Athletics' return to sport protocols will follow CDC, NCAA, State of California, San Diego County and UC San Diego campus guidelines. Please visit the UC San Diego Athletics website for more information.

Helpful Links

COVID-19 Prevention Downloadable Posters

Thank you for your careful attention as we continue to develop and revise policies, with the health, safety, and well-being of everyone at UC San Diego as our top priority.

- UC San Diego Division of Student Affairs