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Your safety is our priority. Students are encouraged to Do Your Part by wearing face coverings, practice physical distancing, cleaning,and additional measures that keep our community safe. We recognize that changes may occur rapidly in the pandemic environment, thus we may adjust our plans, policies, and protocols to meet those needs.

Current Policies, Directives, and Advisories:

Students allegedly violating the policies and/or directives will be adjudicated by hearing officers from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities(OSRR) and/or Residence Education in accordance with their conduct process. Student conduct that occurs off university property and adversely affects the health, safety, or security of any member of the university community, or the mission of the university is subject to UC Merced Standards of Conduct and will be adjudicated by OSRR.

While individuals who witness violations may make a report, we all play a part in ensuring the health and safety of our community and as such we encourage you to remind members in a respectful and kind manner, to follow our safety practices. If you need additional resources, have questions, or witness a student violation, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is ready to help!

Health Check
Currently, individuals are only required to report their health status if they are presenting symptoms to the CRC using this form; daily health attestations through the Service Now app or emails will no longer be required.

Vaccination Policy
All faculty, staff and students on campus must still comply with the University of California’s full-vaccination requirement, including booster shot and submit proof of completion.

Asymptomatic Testing
Any individual not up to date with the systemwide COVID-19 Vaccine Policy is required to continue testing weekly. Individuals who are up to date are asked to participate in our Lot Quality Program with only one remaining test required.

The location of the Asymptomatic Testing site will move to El Portal 125 starting Monday, March 28 with updated hours. The testing site will be closed for Spring Break to accommodate the move, but Antigen Test kits will be available for any individual required to test at the distribution kiosks at COB1 or at Glacier Point.

At this time there are no formal restrictions on events or gatherings; please continue to be guided by the safety and comfort level of attendees when planning such gatherings.

Face Coverings
Beginning March 23, face coverings will be strongly encouraged for all individuals when indoors, but not required except for the following situations:

  • All classroom and instructional activities

  • Cat Tracks and Public Transportation

  • Early Childhood and Education Center (ECEC)

  • Student Health Services and Counseling Services will continue to follow face covering guidance for healthcare settings.

Beginning April 8, if circumstances continue to improve, face coverings will be strongly encouraged but no longer required for classroom and instructional activities.

Face coverings will continue to be distributed across campus at the existing locations.

Return from Spring Break
Upon return from spring break, campus residents will be required to test via antigen tests provided upon their return. All others are strongly encouraged to test for COVID-19 either through the asymptomatic saliva program or through antigen kits that are available at our distribution kiosks. Please contact the CRC if there are any concerns with taking the required test due to recent positivity or other considerations.