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COVID-19 and Return to Campus Information for UCLA Extension
Updated: January 26, 2022
 

In-Person Courses Resume on Campus for Winter 2022

In alignment with the most recent campus announcement, UCLA Extension will resume “in-person instruction” for courses originally scheduled for classroom meetings on Monday, January 31, 2022.

UCLA is able to make this transition due to improving conditions, including decreasing case and test positivity rates at UCLA and in L.A. County, as well as increased compliance with the new campus COVID-19 testing protocols and vaccine booster requirements announced last month.

If you are returning to campus, please review the updated UCLA health and safety protocols outlined below.

It is imperative that all students, faculty, instructors, and staff follow established campus protocols that help keep our Bruin community healthier and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Failure to comply with COVID-19 protocols may result in disciplinary procedures.

Students and instructors may reach out to a program representative with any questions. For assistance related to accessibility or accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at UCLA Extension.

Update: UCLA Health and Safety Protocols

If you are returning to campus, please review the current UCLA health and safety protocols outlined below.

This update is a supplement to the COVID-19 health protocols outlined under "UCLA Extension Return to Campus" further below.

All faculty, instructors, students, and staff must continue to follow regular campus health protocols, including wearing face masks indoors. Those who study or work in clinical settings (including medical, dental and nursing clinics) must follow the COVID-19 protocols for healthcare settings.

All faculty, instructors, students, and staff returning to UCLA for the first time this quarter must follow the return testing requirements for those working, learning or living on UCLA property (excluding clinical settings), regardless of vaccination status.

Testing prior to return to UCLA

  • Faculty, instructors, students, and staff who have not yet returned to Westwood to work, learn or live, and are not participating in regular UCLA weekly COVID-19 testing, should take a COVID-19 test from their provider of choice (a rapid home antigen test is acceptable) no more than 72 hours prior to their return to Westwood/campus.

Testing upon initial return to UCLA

  • Faculty, instructors, students, and staff who have not yet returned to campus must obtain a negative rapid test result on the day they return to campus but before they engage in work, classes or any other activity.
  • This test must be obtained from a campus vending machine or distribution center.* Kits are available at UCLA Extension Centers.
*Note: UCLA Extension Students will not have vending machine access. Please only use the information outlined for the Kit Distribution Centers.

Testing 3–5 days after initial return

  • All students, faculty, instructors, and staff must take another test three to five days after returning to UCLA.

Regular weekly testing

  • All students, faculty and staff who are living, learning and/or working on campus or other UCLA properties — regardless of vaccination status — must continue to test at least 1x per week (i.e., no more than 7 days apart) through a campus vending machine or distribution center for the duration of winter quarter per the UCLA Community Screening Protocol (PDF).
  • Testing 2x per week is strongly recommended. These requirements are subject to modification as conditions change.

UCLA community members are also encouraged to use the new federal government program to order up to four free rapid COVID-19 antigen tests for delivery to their permanent home addresses.

Please note, however, that these tests do not satisfy UCLA’s weekly testing requirement for those who are living, learning and/or working on campus or other UCLA properties — that testing will still need to be done on campus.

All UCLA students, faculty, instructors, and staff must comply with the UC system wide vaccine policy (PDF), which requires COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all who are eligible.

Individuals have 30 days from when they become eligible to provide proof of their COVID-19 booster.

Employees’ proof of a booster vaccine must be submitted through the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccine Verification System by Monday, February, 7. A communication was sent earlier to booster-eligible students, faculty, instructors and staff.

All faculty, instructors, students, and staff must continue to follow regular campus health protocols, including wearing face masks indoors.

Per UCLA’s updated masking protocols, all students, faculty and staff must wear well-fitting medical-grade masks, surgical masks, KN95s or National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health-approved respirators such as an N95, in all areas where masking is required on UCLA property.

For employees, this means all indoor spaces while at the workplace. We continue to strongly encourage members of the community also to wear masks in outdoor environments while among other people. Masks are required both indoors and outdoors when attending a "mega event."

Free upgraded masks are available at UCLA Extension Gayley and Lindbrook Centers.

Please note that per the LACDPH Upgraded Mask Guidance, these respirators and medical/surgical masks are designed for one-time use. They should be thrown away once they become wet or dirty OR after they are no longer well-fitting (1-3 days depending on the mask), whichever comes first. Students, faculty and staff may request masks needed for the week, unless the mask becomes heavily soiled or damaged, in which case another mask can be requested.

For more information, review UCLA's face mask requirements.

Those living, learning or working on UCLA property must continue to complete the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccine Verification System survey before accessing campus each day, regardless of vaccination status. 

The survey, which can be done on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, should take no more than five minutes.

Access the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination System

Please note: You will need to use your UCLA Extension Student Portal Credentials (user name and password) to complete the survey.
 

UCLA Extension Return to Campus

Beginning in Fall 2021, individuals who choose to study in-person will be subject to UCLA policies including: University of California COVID-19 vaccination requirements, vaccination verification and symptom monitoring, and indoor masking.

More information, including instructions on how to upload your vaccine verification and symptom monitoring, may be found below.

Please note that all plans and policies are subject to change and are based on public health guidelines and UCLA policy. UCLA Extension buildings are not open to the general public at this time.
 

On July 15, 2021, the University of California issued a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all UC students, faculty, staff, academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers and trainees, as well as anyone accessing UC facilities or in-person UC programs, to be fully vaccinated—with limited medical exemptions and accommodations based on disabilities or religious beliefs, as well as deferrals for those who are pregnant.

If you are attending an in-person course at UCLA Extension, you are required to comply with UC vaccination requirements, at least two weeks before attending your first in-person class meeting.

In addition, daily symptom checks are required for students, instructors, faculty, staff who are living, learning, or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status.

If you are attending an in-person class at UCLA Extension, please visit the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination System to upload your vaccination record. On this site, choose "UCLA Extension Student" and follow the prompts.

Please note: You will need to use your UCLA Extension Student Portal Credentials (user name and password).

Per UCLA policy, daily symptom checks are required for students, instructors, faculty, staff who are living, learning, or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status. The survey, which can be done on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, should take no more than five minutes.

  • After you have uploaded your vaccination record, and each time before you come to campus, you must complete the required UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring.
  • Each time you successfully complete the required UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Survey, a Clearance Certificate will be sent to you via email.

Access the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination System

Please note: You will need to use your UCLA Extension Student Portal Credentials (user name and password) to complete the survey.

The University of California issued a systemwide executive order (PDF) on Oct. 8, 2021, requiring all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to, by Nov. 19, 2021, get vaccinated against influenza or opt out using a form supplied by their location after receiving information about flu vaccine.

What does this mean for UCLA Extension students and instructors attending in-person classes?

All UC community members—faculty, instructors, students, and staff—will need to “confirm and upload” or “opt-out” by November 19th.

Here are the steps:

  1. Navigate to the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System.
  2. Click the green “Flu Vaccine Verification” button at the top of the page.
  3. Select your UCLA/UCLA Extension affiliation.
  4. Enter your Single Sign-On login credentials and follow the prompts.

Prior to arriving at any UCLA site, all instructors, students, staff MUST still continue to complete the COVID-19 daily symptom monitoring survey. As a reminder, face masks are required to be worn at all UCLA sites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the best source for information on this year’s flu vaccination.

Do I have to complete the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Survey?
Students are required to complete a UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Survey before coming to class each day. Upon completion of the Symptom Monitoring Survey, a "Clearance Certificate" will be sent via email.

Does UCLA and UCLA Extension accept records of vaccination in other languages?
Yes. UCLA and UCLA Extension accept records of vaccination in other languages.

I was vaccinated in another country and is my vaccine accepted in the U.S.? Do I have to get re-vaccinated?
If you have proof of completing a series of any FDA-licensed or FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine consistent with your country’s implementation, you will be considered to have been fully vaccinated.

In some countries, if a student had COVID, and after recovering received one dose of a two-dose vaccine (e.g. Pfizer), the student is considered fully vaccinated. At UCLA and UCLA Extension, does one dose meet UC fully vaccinated policy?
UCLA and UCLA Extension students who have only received one dose of a two-dose vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated and are required to apply for a temporary medical exemption. Requests for medical exemptions are initiated via the UCLA Symptom Monitoring System.
 

UCLA COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources

Learn what UCLA is doing to support and provide resources to our Bruin community during the pandemic, as well as the latest updates from campus leadership.

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