COVID-19 Resources, Policies & News

Faculty & Instructors

Find information for faculty and resources and recommendations on remote instruction.

Phase 3 Research Application

Phase 3 provides an opportunity for every scientist, graduate student, and research staff member, to return to the campus and resume their research activities.


Learn about the latest information and resources available for students.


While working from home, learn about available resources to set yourself up for success.

Confirmed Cases in Physical Sciences

Building Floor Confirmed Cases Date Reported
FRH 3 1 8-Sep
FRH Basement 2 3-Dec
NS1 3 1 6-Dec
Croul Hall N/A 1 7-Dec
FRH 3 1 14-Dec
NS1 4 1 24-Dec
  TOTAL 7  

The dashboard above represents the COVID-19 case counts of the School of Physical Sciences community members who work in our School buildings.

Date Updated:


Messages and Policies

UC-wide Guidance on the Vaccine Mandate:
Based upon a policy announcement on April 22, 2021, the University of California has announced that, effective at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2021, fall term, “all personnel, trainees and students accessing university facilities and programs in person would be required to be immunized.

UCI Employees are asked to upload COVID-19 vaccinations
This week, the campus made available a website where proof of vaccination can be uploaded for all UCI employees.  Upload proof of vaccination here.

Students who are vaccinated no longer required to do asymptomatic testing
For on-campus students who are fully vaccinated, and have uploaded your vaccination to the Student Health Portal, it’s no longer necessary to continue with our asymptomatic testing program given the efficacy of the vaccine. However, we are asked to continue to complete a Daily Symptom Check.

New Campus Guidance on Gatherings:
Chancellor Gillman has issued a Directive April 2, 2021 providing updated guidance on gatherings involving 2 or more individuals not from the same household.  This information is available here:  

Message from the Provost Stern Concerning Phased Transition Back to Campus:
This message contains a lot of information pertaining to the logistics of instruction in Fall Quarter 2021. 

Phase 3 Research:

Phase 3 Research commenced on Monday, April 5.  Phase 3 provides an opportunity for every scientist, graduate student, and research staff member, to return to the campus and resume their research activities.  Some visitors will also be accommodated.  More information is available here:



Remote Instruction Task Force
Mathieu Morlighem
Julie Ferguson


Philip Collins
Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Kimberly D. Edwards
Professor of Teaching and Vice Chair
Department of Chemistry

Amanda J. Holton
Associate Professor of Teaching
Department of Chemistry 

Zhiqin Lu
Professor and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Department of Mathematics

Stephen Mang
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Chemistry

Roberto Pelayo
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Mathematics

Laura Tucker
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Department of Physics & Astronomy

David Van Vranken
Professor and Associate Dean
Department of Chemistry and School of Physical Sciences

Don Williams
Director of Student Affairs
UCI School of Physical Sciences 


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