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COVID-19 Information for Students

We work closely with Associated Students and Graduate and Professional 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.

Spring Quarter 2021: 


Winter Quarter 2021: 


Fall Quarter 2020: 



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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.
  • 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.

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

Learn more about COVID-19-related revisions to parking, Triton Transit and Triton Mobility 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 Winter 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 Spring Quarter 2021.

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.

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

FREE: Triton DYO Mask Pickup!


Your masks have arrived.

Thank you Tritons. YOU designed them, YOU picked them, now YOU wear them!

Some of the best things in life are free.
Starting Monday, May 10, you can choose one of the three available designs at any of the pick-up locations on campus, below.

There are two student-designed masks (one and two), as well as one that features a simple UC San Diego logo. Masks are free for students and staff; Limit one mask per person.

Student-designed Mask Options

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Pick-up locations (bring your UCSD ID):

The Zone Walk-up
Located in Price Center Plaza
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nuevo East Mail Center Walk-up - Exchange Building
Located at 4067 Miramar St. La Jolla, CA 92092
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday/ Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Transportation Office at Osler Parking Structure
Located at 9101 Gilman Drive, San Diego CA, 92161
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Osler Drive Up

  • Arrive at Osler Garage and enter from Gilman Drive.
  • Campus Curbside numbered spaces are located beyond the vehicle charging stations.
  • Call or text the phone number provided on the sign (858-682-2872) and let our representative know you have arrived.
  • Please let them know you are there to pick up a mask.
  • Stay in your vehicle and please have your identification ready for us to verify.
  • Our representative will bring the order to you.

Osler Walk Up

  • Arrive at the Campus Curbside office off of Gilman Drive just outside the Osler Parking Structure.
  • Look for a number on the ground and stand there.
  • Call or text the phone number provided on the sign (858-682-2872) and let our representative know you have arrived.
  • Please let them know you are there to pick up a mask and the numbered space where you are standing.
  • Please have your identification ready for us to verify.
  • Our representative will bring the order to you.
  • If you do not have a cell phone, kindly proceed to the front of the building where you will find a number on the ground and wait until one of our team members comes outside or makes contact with you.

Ten's Company Program

Given current public health conditions, UC San Diego’s safer outdoor socializing program has been expanded and renamed 'Ten's Company' beginning April 19, 2021. Ten's Company allows students to socialize in small groups (10 or fewer), so long as they are outside, wearing face coverings, and observing physical distancing.

This program 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 10 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.

As part of the expansion to Ten's Company, outdoor dining on-campus in groups of ten (10) or fewer will also be allowed. Physical distancing (minimum of six (6) feet) must be maintained at all times. Please do not move tables and chairs that have been pre-set for your safety.

Ten'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 ten (10) individuals at any one time; dependents accompanied by their student parent are exempt from the count of ten
  • Groups of 11 or more students must be avoided and are considered a violation of campus policy

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.

Please see the Spring Quarter Events section for further information on in-person policies.

Provider-Administered COVID-19 Test Locations

In addition to self-administered tests available on campus (no appointment required), students may schedule an appointment at the following locations throughout San Diego County.

Note that drive-thru appointments are currently in very high demand and may have limited appointments available.

Price Center Walk Up
UC San Diego Campus
Price Center West
Ballroom B
  Hillcrest Drive Up
UC San Diego Medical Center
4168 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92103
La Jolla Drive Up
9331 Athena Circle
La Jolla, CA 92037
  Encinitas Drive Up
1505 Encinitas Boulevard
Encinitas, CA 92024
Rancho Bernardo Drive Up
16950 Via Tazon
San Diego, CA 92127
  Eastlake Drive Up
2295 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915

In-Person Events

Interim Spring Quarter Event Policy
Updated 4/14/2021 

As we continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, initial in-person planned events must be held outdoors with limited capacities based on county and campus guidelines. Currently, the following events will be considered as of April 19, 2021:

  • Outdoor graduation ceremonies and celebrations, with a number of individuals as approved by the EOC and as outlined by county guidance
  • Outdoor dance practices - Ten's Company
  • Packaging and distribution (e.g. DIY kits) with a number of individuals as approved by the EOC and as outlined by county guidance
  • Speaker engagements with a number of individuals as approved by the EOC and as outlined by county guidance

These events are not to exceed the limited capacity set by each specific event venue. Venues must have return to site approval. No food or beverages may be provided or carried into the event or activity. Please always wear a face covering and practice physical distancing during the event. All events will require space reservations and campus approval via completion of the new Event Intake Form on the Campus Events and Activities Portal. Registered Student Organizations must also complete the Triton Activities Planner (TAP). To ensure compliance with campus COVID-19 safety protocols, all events must include COVID-19 monitoring staff coordinated through campus. Meetings and all other types of events must be presented in virtual format, rescheduled for a future date, or cancelled through May 31, per the policy outlined below.


To reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19, all in-person events taking place on campus through May 31, 2021 must be presented in virtual formats, rescheduled for a future date or cancelled. This includes 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.

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 Winter Quarter 2021.

What if conditions improve and county guidelines change?

In-person events are canceled for Winter Quarter 2021.

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