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Frequently Asked Questions

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UCI continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This FAQ page is being regularly updated to reflect campus operations as well as the latest advice and information from county, state and federal authorities.

For specific questions and concerns, consider the following FAQs that are hosted by the listed departments:

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About Coronavirus

What is the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) comes from a large family of viruses that are a common cause of mild upper respiratory infections, but also include both SARS and MERS, which can cause more serious disease. Most patients with coronavirus have mild symptoms, however this new virus has resulted in cases of severe illnesses and deaths reported in China.

To learn more about the coronavirus, the CDC website is a reliable source of updated information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Additionally, the UCI Student Health Center is posting information as it is learned, and a dedicated website at http://www.hy0531.com/coronavirus/ has been created for students, staff and faculty to find the latest information on Coronavirus as it relates to UCI and UCI Health.

How can one catch Coronavirus?

This is still be worked on by the scientific community. However, here is what the CDC says: “The virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious while others are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person.“

For more information from the CDC regarding transmission, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

What is being done to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

To reduce further spread of the infection, the CDC is working with state and local public health partners to screen entering travelers from certain areas for symptoms of respiratory infection and implement after-travel health precautions.

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):

  • China
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea

For more details on details, visit the CDC.

Campus 

Locally, this is an evolving situation. The campus and medical center are in coordination with Orange County Health Care Agency resources and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to provide ongoing clinical guidance.

UC President Janet Napolitano has issued an amended travel directive based on the latest COVID-19 risk assessment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UC students, staff and faculty are to avoid all non-essential, university-related travel to CDC Level 2 countries, in addition to Level 3 countries. Currently:

  • CDC Level 3 Health Notice Countries are China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
  • CDC Level 2 Health Notice Countries: defined as those with “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19, includes just Japan, but please go to the CDC site for the most current information.

While the UCI campus remains open and most operations will continue, final exams will be administered remotely during the week of March 16. All Spring quarter course instruction, including lab and studio courses, will be delivered remotely. Students will be able to receive instruction through distance learning options. 

Additionally, UCI has stepped up its frequency with facilities and custodial in wiping down surfaces in campus buildings, dining halls, and residence halls.

All campus dining facilities will wipe down areas such as dining tables, door handles, food counters, sneeze guards every 15-30 minutes.

Have there been any POSITIVE Coronavirus cases on the UCI Campus?

March 21, 2020Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at UCI 

Detailed information of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website as such information becomes available.

How are you following up with people who were in contact with anyone who is being tested?

We are continually updating our FAQs. More information to come.

Is there a vaccine for Coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine for the Coronavirus (COVID-19); however, the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) are working around the clock to develop one.

What are the requirements to be tested for Coronavirus?

In addition to partnering with the County for COVID-19 preparedness and testing, UCI has contracted with Quest for increased testing ability. Through this level of increased testing, we will be able to expand the number of tests we will be able to perform, which will help us manage our resources. 

While we have increased capability for testing, please remember there are still specific criteria we consider prior to testing for COVID-19. Students who feel that they have been exposed or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call the Student Health Center/or your physician’s office for further guidance. Staff and faculty should contact their primary care provider or call ahead to an urgent care center before arriving in person.

If you feel ill or think that you qualify for testing, contact your provider BEFORE going into the clinic. And please consider using Live Health Online, a newly offered USHIP covered service that connects you via a TELE-MEDICINE visit with a provider online, from the convenience of your home, 24 hours a day. See the details here: https://shc.www.hy0531.com/services/livehealth-online

What should I do if I think I have the Coronavirus?

If you have a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath:

  • Stay home from school/work if you are having symptoms
  • Wash your hands and stay well hydrated/drinking fluids
  • Cover your cough with your elbow
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor or the Student Health Center to arrange a time to be seen

The UCI Student Health Center has developed triage screening (by phone and at our front desks) and has implemented additional protocols to help identify possible cases of coronavirus to provide optimal care for those with symptoms and to protect other patients and staff.

UCI Students should call Student Health Center at (949) 824-5304.

UCI Faculty and Staff should call their healthcare provider immediately for care.

What can I do to help keep from getting the Coronavirus, or other infections?

We recommend observing these simple tips to help stay well:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stop touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Instead of shaking hands, find alternate ways to greet people.
  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
  • If you are sick, stay home and do not travel. 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor or the Student Health Center to arrange a time to be seen.

Does my flu shot protect me from Coronavirus?

No, however we strongly recommend that you get a flu shot to prevent contracting influenza which is easily spread.

Do face masks protect against coronavirus?

For now, public health officials say there’s no need to wear face masks in the United States; however, there is likely no harm in adding this additional layer of prevention, especially for people who think they may be sick.

The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Healthcare workers interacting with coronavirus patients or suspected cases will follow CDC recommendations to wear the N95 respirator mask, along with other precautions like gloves and eye protectors.

Students

What if I feel sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing?

Contact the Student Health Center (SHC) at 949-824-5301 to ask for instructions.

  • Tell them if you have recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19.
  • Tell them your symptoms.
  • If you can’t reach the Student Health Center, call ahead before going to urgent care/emergency room.

Labs may be drawn and you will be asked to stay home and monitor your health for 14-days.

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do NOT travel while sick.
  • Take good care to remain healthy.

Notify your supervisor or dean to inform them of your situation.

Once cleared by OCHCA or your provider, you may return to work.

  • You will need to provide a note from either your provider or OCHCA.

If the Student Health Center is closed, you may also consider the following after hour care options:

  • All UCI students can access LiveHealth online.
  • If you have UCSHIP as insurance, you can also call the Anthem nurse advice line at 877-351-3457.
  • If you have your own insurance, please check to see if your insurance carrier has a similiar nurse line.

For more information, visit https://shc.www.hy0531.com/medical-emergency

Are classes canceled?

All Winter quarter exams schedule for the week of March 16 will be administered remotely. Departments and instructors should work together to determine the most appropriate solutions for finishing courses and assigning grades, putting student health and success first in their decision making. 

All Spring quarter course instruction, including lab and studio courses, will be delivered remotely. Students will be able to receive instruction through distance learning options. 

Is attending class optional during this time?

Campus remains open and instruction will resume via remote learning. Students are encouraged to participate in their regularly scheduled classes.

How will I be able to take classes online if I don't have access to internet?

For students who may not have access to the internet, the following resources are available: 

Comcast Internet Essentials

“Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Source: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

Charter Spectrum Broadband

“Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.”

Source: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Others:

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to  enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • Altice/Suddenlink response: offers 30 MB internet to any new subscriber free for 60 days. No late fees or terminations for existing customers   

I am anxious and scared about Coronavirus - does UCI have help for that?

Yes. We understand that the uncertainties surrounding Coronavirus may be causing stress among students, for a variety of reasons. You are encouraged to contact the Student Counseling Center.

FAQs for International Students & Scholars

For the most up to date information that may be pertinent for UCI's international students and scholars (such as continuing your education, visa statuses, travel to and from home countries), please visit the International Center's list of FAQs: https://ic.www.hy0531.com/resource-pages/COVID-19%20FAQ.php

Refunds on housing, dining and parking fees

Students in all campus housing, including the American Campus Communities, are strongly encouraged to go to their permanent residence if they are able. If you are a financial aid recipient and decide to leave campus, federal law requires us to change your financial aid award.

For students that decide not to continue their room & board or rental agreements for Spring Quarter 2020, there will be no penalty to cancel your lease. A separate message to lease holders will be sent with instructions on informing us of your decision. You will need to inform us of your decision to continue or cancel your lease by Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 5 p.m. PDT.

For more Student Housing FAQs, visit: https://www.housing.www.hy0531.com/covid19_faq.html

Students who are moving home for the remainder of the academic school year and purchased a voluntary meal plan currently have two options regarding meal plans. If you plan to return to the University in the Fall, Dining can extend your meal plan so that the remaining meals/flex dine in your account can be used in the new school year. If you will not be returning to the University in the Fall, a refund can be provided without penalty.

Please contact dining@www.hy0531.com for additional information.

 

How do I return my book rental(s) to The Hill Bookstore? What about Spring course material?

Students will be notified by The Hill with instructions on how to return rentals via mail with free shipping.

For Spring courses, Shopwww.hy0531.com is offering free shipping for all online orders placed through May 2, 2020. 

What will happen to my on-campus / work-study job?

For students who are able to, you can continue to work if they have not been exposed and are not ill. 

Check with your manager to see if telecommuting is operationally feasible.

For more information and other questions regarding your work-study position, please refer to the HR FAQs available here: https://hr.www.hy0531.com/disaster-relief/files/covid-19-faqs-employees.pdf

How do I pick up my pay check? How do I sign up for direct deposit?

Effective Wednesday, March 18, the Campus Billing and Collections Office service windows in Aldrich Hall (Room 101) will be closed. Campus Billing staff will be working remotely and remain available to answer questions by phone or email, but in-person check pickup will no longer be available in Aldrich Hall. 

Students, faculty members and staff who wish to pick up a printed check must instead go to the Accounting and Fiscal Services Office located at 120 Theory, Suite 200 in the UCI Research Park. Pickup is only available for checks related to accounts payable and student disbursements. Printed payroll checks are mailed to employee homes directly from the bank. Check pick up will be available Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Please be sure to bring a photo ID in order to have the check released to you.

SIGN UP FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT

We highly recommend that all students sign up to have disbursements deposited directly to their checking or savings account. You can do this by logging into your ZotAccount and selecting "Electronic Refunds" from the navigation bar. You will be asked to enter your banking information (routing and bank account numbers) so that your funds can be deposited directly into your bank account. 

If you have any questions, please contact Campus Billing and Collections at cbs@www.hy0531.com. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. 

Will there still be commencement?

UCI Commencement Ceremonies will not take place in the same way as previous years. We advise families not to make arrangements to come to the campus for the Commencement celebrations. We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner. We understand that commencement is an important part of the UCI experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our community safe. Graduating students should look for a separate message from the UCI Commencement office with details and information in the coming weeks.

When OIT loans out laptops, is there a protocol for disinfecting returned laptops in case previous user is infected?

We are continually updating our FAQs. More information to come.

Faculty

What if I feel sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing?

Contact the Employee Experience Center at eec@www.hy0531.com or 949-824-0500 to ask for instructions.

  • Tell them if you have recently traveled to an area affected by COVID-19.
  • Tell them your symptoms.
  • Contact your health care provider. If you can’t reach your health care provider call ahead before going to urgent care/emergency room.

Labs may be drawn and you will be asked to stay home and monitor your health for 14-days.

  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do NOT travel while sick.
  • Take good care to remain healthy.

Notify your supervisor or dean to inform them of your situation.

Once cleared by OCHCA or your provider, you may return to work.

  • You will need to provide a note from either your provider or OCHCA.

What is the campus doing in response to the Coronavirus outbreak?

Effective March 16, 2020, UCI will move to remote learning. 

This decision made in support of the concept of “social distancing,” which is a public health concept to reduce the probability of contact between individuals who are or may be carrying a highly contagious disease. Social distancing – which can be effective with as little as a six-feet gap between individuals – helps to prevent infections that are transmitted by droplet (such as coughing, sneezing or touching a contaminated surface). Science shows that reducing the concentration of people in an area can lower the infection risk for everyone involved. The following actions are designed to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings.

Additionally, UCI has stepped up its frequency with facilities and custodial in wiping down surfaces in campus buildings, dining halls, and residence halls.

All members of the UCI community are reminded to practice preventative measures to stay healthy, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food

UCI and UCI Health are working closely together with the Orange County Health Care Agency, and the University of California Office of the President to provide our constituents with the most up-to-date information.

What planning should research groups and researchers undertake to prepare for potential disruptions?

For guidance on research continuity, please refer to the Office of Research: https://news.research.www.hy0531.com/vcr/sars-cov-2-covid-19-coronavirus-and-research-continuity/

What should I do about ongoing faculty searches?

For guidance on completing ongoing faculty searches, please refer to the Office of Academic Personnel: https://ap.www.hy0531.com/2020facultysearches/

FAQs for International Students & Scholars

For the most up to date information that may be pertinent for UCI's international students and scholars (such as continuing your education, visa statuses, travel to and from home countries), please visit the International Center's list of FAQs: https://ic.www.hy0531.com/resource-pages/COVID-19%20FAQ.php

Where do I send my book orders for Spring quarter?

The Hill Bookstore encourages faculty to send their book orders through https://www.facultyenlight.com/ if they have not already done so.

Staff

For a comprehensive list of resources and staff FAQs, please refer to the following:

Coronavirus Information for Staff

Coronavirus FAQs for Employees

Is the campus closed? Do I have to go to work?

*On March 19, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order, starting at 11:59 p.m. and remaining in effect until further notice, in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Governor’s order exempts employees performing essential jobs in public agencies such as UCI. Many of you, however, already have approved work-from-home or telecommuting arrangements, as we have already taken steps to move to remote instruction and services. You should continue to work as scheduled, unless you are sick.

Some services are considered absolutely essential under the Governor’s order and require on-site support: Hospital and health care, safety and emergency, critical research and faculty, animal care, IT and building systems, as well as minimized housing, dining and custodial for those who are unable to shelter in permanent residences. Employees in these areas, as well as others determined by leadership, may need to come to their regular work locations, as instructed by their supervisors. Specific details are forthcoming if you are required on-site.

All other functions will be conducted remotely. 


Staff should work from home if at all possible, in coordination with their supervisors. UC President has issued guidance outlining up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave available through the end of the calendar year. 

I suspect that I may have been exposed to COVID-19 at home or in the community. What should I do?

If you are showing symptoms...

Do not report to work. Call your health care provider for instructions BEFORE going to any medical office, urgent care or emergency room. You should tell them that you may have been exposed and request to be tested for COVID-19. Also, call your manager to discuss your situation. For the period you are out of work, you should use any accrued sick leave first. Once all accrued sick leave is exhausted, you are eligible for 14 days of paid administrative leave.

If you are not showing symptoms...

Do not come to work. Stay on 14 day self-quarantine or until such a time as you have tested negative for COVID-19. Call your health care provider for instructions BEFORE going to any medical office, urgent care or emergency room. You should tell them that you may have been exposed and request to be tested for COVID-19. Call your manager to discuss your situation. Telecommuting may be an option depending on your job. If you cannot work remotely, you should use any accrued sick leave first. Once all accrued sick leave is exhausted, you are eligible for 14 days of paid administrative leave.  If you do not develop symptoms after the 14 days of self-quarantine, you can come back to work.

How do I report paid leave hours related to COVID-19?

The Time Reporting System (timesheet.www.hy0531.com) was recently updated to allow employees to report paid leave hours related to COVID-19. 

Employees who use TRS can report COVID-19 paid leave in the same way they report their normal work hours and leave usage. When you’re in a timesheet, simply select the "Paid Leave (COVID19)" code from the "Add" drop-down menu for the appropriate day and enter in your leave hours as normal. The same code is used for both hourly and salary employees. Paid administrative leave may be used in hourly increments for non-exempt staff and 8-hour increments for exempt staff.

For more details, refer to the UCI Accounting & Fiscal Services website.

What if I need equipment to work from home? Will it be provided?

We are facing an unprecedented time at UCI.  Not all units will be set up to provide each employee with equipment to work remotely.  Where available, employees may be provided with University-owned equipment.  Equipment must be listed on the “Employee Agreement Concerning the Use of Electronic Communications Resources” found in Appendix A of Policy BFB-G-46: Guidelines for the Purchase and Use of Cellular Phones and Other Portable Electronic Resources (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/3420357/BFB-G-46) and the employee must sign.  Equipment is expected to be returned upon conclusion of the telecommuting agreement.  Employees may also use their personal equipment, ensuring proper VPN and security is set up.  When no equipment is available and the employee does not have personal equipment to use, the manager may determine that it is not operationally feasible for this employee to telecommute.

How do I pick up my pay check?

Effective Wednesday, March 18, the Campus Billing and Collections Office service windows in Aldrich Hall (Room 101) will be closed. Campus Billing staff will be working remotely and remain available to answer questions by phone or email, but in-person check pickup will no longer be available in Aldrich Hall. 

Students, faculty members and staff who wish to pick up a printed check must instead go to the Accounting and Fiscal Services Office located at 120 Theory, Suite 200 in the UCI Research Park. Pickup is only available for checks related to accounts payable and student disbursements. Printed payroll checks are mailed to employee homes directly from the bank. Check pick up will be available Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Please be sure to bring a photo ID in order to have the check released to you.

Parents & Community

What is being done to prevent the spread of Coronavirus?

To reduce further spread of the infection, the CDC is working with state and local public health partners to screen entering travelers from certain areas for symptoms of respiratory infection and implement after-travel health precautions.

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):

  • China
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • South Korea

For more details on details, visit the CDC.

Campus 

Locally, this is an evolving situation. The campus and medical center are in coordination with Orange County Health Care Agency resources and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) to provide ongoing clinical guidance.

UC President Janet Napolitano has issued an amended travel directive based on the latest COVID-19 risk assessment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). UC students, staff and faculty are to avoid all non-essential, university-related travel to CDC Level 2 countries, in addition to Level 3 countries. Currently:

  • CDC Level 3 Health Notice Countries are China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
  • CDC Level 2 Health Notice Countries: defined as those with “sustained community transmission” of COVID-19, includes just Japan, but please go to the CDC site for the most current information.

While the UCI campus remains open and most operations will continue, final exams will be administered remotely during the week of March 16. All Spring quarter course instruction, including lab and studio courses, will be delivered remotely. Students will be able to receive instruction through distance learning options. 

Additionally, UCI has stepped up its frequency with facilities and custodial in wiping down surfaces in campus buildings, dining halls, and residence halls.

All campus dining facilities will wipe down areas such as dining tables, door handles, food counters, sneeze guards every 15-30 minutes.

Will there still be commencement?

UCI Commencement Ceremonies will not take place in the same way as previous years. We advise families not to make arrangements to come to the campus for the Commencement celebrations. We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner. We understand that commencement is an important part of the UCI experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our community safe. Graduating students should look for a separate message from the UCI Commencement office with details and information in the coming weeks.

Refunds on housing, dining and parking fees

Students in all campus housing, including the American Campus Communities, are strongly encouraged to go to their permanent residence if they are able. If you are a financial aid recipient and decide to leave campus, federal law requires us to change your financial aid award.

For students that decide not to continue their room & board or rental agreements for Spring Quarter 2020, there will be no penalty to cancel your lease. A separate message to lease holders will be sent with instructions on informing us of your decision. You will need to inform us of your decision to continue or cancel your lease by Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 5 p.m. PDT.

For more Student Housing FAQs, visit: https://www.housing.www.hy0531.com/covid19_faq.html

What is the status of Alumni events and University Advancement events?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread rapidly throughout the U.S. and the globe, we are proactively taking steps to protect the community out of an abundance of caution. Some events may be impacted, and we encourage you to check back here frequently to learn the latest status of events sponsored by or affiliated with UCI University Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Please refer to the following link for the status of these events: http://specialevents.www.hy0531.com/Status-of-Events/index.php

University Operations

Are classes canceled?

All Winter quarter exams schedule for the week of March 16 will be administered remotely. Departments and instructors should work together to determine the most appropriate solutions for finishing courses and assigning grades, putting student health and success first in their decision making. 

All Spring quarter course instruction, including lab and studio courses, will be delivered remotely. Students will be able to receive instruction through distance learning options. 

Are campus events and activities being cancelled?

Policies on size of gatherings will evolve to be consistent with updated federal and state guidance. The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced a State of Emergency (link is to a PDF) for the county. This follows previous declarations made by the Orange County Health Care Agency and California Department of Public Health.

Departments should not require visiting scholars and recruited faculty or graduate students to attend in-person meetings on campus. Necessary interviews and presentations should be done remotely.

All UCI Athletics events are cancelled through Spring quarter.

Please refer to the following link for the status of Alumni and University Advancement events: http://specialevents.www.hy0531.com/Status-of-Events/index.php

What campus services remain open?

Updated March 17:

While the campus remains open, campus services are limited. Instruction and business operations will be remote until further notice. 

UCI Health remains fully operational. Employees should follow guidance sent from medical center leadership. 

Is campus mail still in service?

Mail collection and delivery on campus will be limited during the next several weeks.

Beginning Thursday, March 19, departments may drop off their outgoing mail at the North Campus Mail Processing Center between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Additionally, staff with a valid UCI ID may retrieve their incoming mail from the Mail Processing Center between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.

If you have questions, please contact Dylan Largent at dlargent@www.hy0531.com or (949) 824-4735. As the campus response to COVID-19 is reevaluated, we will provide updates to our service schedule. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Events

Are campus events and activities being cancelled?

Policies on size of gatherings will evolve to be consistent with updated federal and state guidance. The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced a State of Emergency (link is to a PDF) for the county. This follows previous declarations made by the Orange County Health Care Agency and California Department of Public Health.

Departments should not require visiting scholars and recruited faculty or graduate students to attend in-person meetings on campus. Necessary interviews and presentations should be done remotely.

All UCI Athletics events are cancelled through Spring quarter.

Please refer to the following link for the status of Alumni and University Advancement events: http://specialevents.www.hy0531.com/Status-of-Events/index.php

Will there still be commencement?

UCI Commencement Ceremonies will not take place in the same way as previous years. We advise families not to make arrangements to come to the campus for the Commencement celebrations. We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner. We understand that commencement is an important part of the UCI experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our community safe. Graduating students should look for a separate message from the UCI Commencement office with details and information in the coming weeks.

What is the status of Alumni events and University Advancement events?

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread rapidly throughout the U.S. and the globe, we are proactively taking steps to protect the community out of an abundance of caution. Some events may be impacted, and we encourage you to check back here frequently to learn the latest status of events sponsored by or affiliated with UCI University Advancement and Alumni Relations.

Please refer to the following link for the status of these events: http://specialevents.www.hy0531.com/Status-of-Events/index.php

Travel

*March 20, 2020: The US State Dept. has now restricted ALL international travel with its highest level four warning. 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

For more guidance, click here.

What is UCI's policy on university travel during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Students, faculty and staff should refer to the Travel Policy Amendment for COVID-19. The following policy is effective March 11 - June 30, 2020.

I have personal travel planned. Should I cancel?

UCI strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to reconsider travel. Everyone should be aware of travel warning, quarantine restrictions and additional guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help inform personal travel choices.

What if I've traveled to an affected area?

Individuals with a recent travel history from a CDC Level 3 country must self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they left the Level 3 country and practice social distancing. CDC travel guidance for Level 3 countries applies to all travelers returning from a Level 3 country for any purpose, including personal travel. CDC is advising returning travelers from a Level 3 country who feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing to:

  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

During this time, anyone who believes their travel to a Level 2 or 3 jurisdiction is essential should contact the UCI International Risk Review Team to request review and approval before travel. Please email global@www.hy0531.com to request a review.

I am a student who is currently abroad and returning to campus. What do I need to do?

UCI has professional staff at the ready to assist students with their return to campus.

Health staff are available for health questions and concerns.

Social workers are available for assistance with logistics like housing and health insurance.

Academic counselors are available to assist with class enrollment.

If you are not sure where to get assistance, please contact covid19@www.hy0531.com with your question/concern.

*If you are returning from a Level 2 or 3 country and are experiencing symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center (SHC) at 949-824-5301 to ask for instructions. 

If the Student Health Center is closed, you may also consider the following after hour care options:

  • All UCI students can access LiveHealth online.
  • If you have UCSHIP as insurance, you can also call the Anthem nurse advice line at 877-351-3457.
  • If you have your own insurance, please check to see if your insurance carrier has a similiar nurse line.

For more information, visit https://shc.www.hy0531.com/medical-emergency

FAQs for International Students & Scholars

For the most up to date information that may be pertinent for UCI's international students and scholars (such as continuing your education, visa statuses, travel to and from home countries), please visit the International Center's list of FAQs: https://ic.www.hy0531.com/resource-pages/COVID-19%20FAQ.php

I am a professor planning a trip with students to a country affected by coronavirus. What should I do?

Spring and Summer travel programs have been suspended. The Study Abroad Center can help you plan for the next academic year.

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