Phase 2 Research Assessments and Plans

Please email your Research Assessment and Research Plans to assess your readiness to reopen under Phase 2 of UC Irvine research expansion. Your submission will be reviewed at departmental level, endorsed when meeting departmental standards, and passed to PS Dean’s Office for Authorized approval step. Research may not be expanded above critical research exceptions approvals until Authorized approval is issued in writing. Learn more

Physical Sciences Safety Practices during COVID-19

Please institute relevant safety practices below for all persons entering research spaces and associated common spaces. All participants (i.e. lab supervisors, PIs, graduate students, postdocs, project scientists, researchers, specialists, etc.) will please sign their understanding here before or at next research space entry. A copy of your submission will be sent to you via email. Please place the completed agreement copy in research lab safety files when next entering lab. Registering and signing this safety protocol does NOT give permission to undertake research in Physical Sciences buildings, permission for research must be approved in writing via Physical Sciences in advance. Learn more

Infection Protocol for COVID-19

10/20/20 Graduate students Housing and Campus directives and guidelines

It is important for you to be aware of the Executive Directives put forth by our Chancellor and our Provost.  Please familiarize yourself by viewing them here: The directives include guidelines on face covering, student testing, gatherings, daily symptom check, Invited Visitor/Guest, Travel etc. Read more.

9/2/20 Laboratory Addendum to UCI's COVID-19 Infection Protocol

The UCI campus has a COVID-19 infection protocol described here. This protocol does not provide guidance relating to the operation of shared spaces of laboratories and offices occupied by research personnel.  The following is the approved procedure to be followed in such instances. Read more.

7/6/20 Infection Protocol for COVID-19

In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis by any SofPS faculty, staff or student, the following protocol should be followed. Learn more


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General Messages and Policies

Public Health Tiers and Spring Quarter

March 16, 2021 - As COVID-19 cases continue to drop and vaccinations increase, Orange County has moved from the most restrictive purple tier into the red tier. This is great news and we are encouraged that these developments will help support the COVID-19 recovery and the gradual reopening of society and UCI. Read more.

Employee virus testing begins

January 4, 2021 - Starting today, UCI is offering voluntary asymptomatic COVID testing for all onsite campus employees.

Assoc. Dean Penner Message on Updated School COVID-19 Policy

December 16, 2020 - The new SoPS Committee on COVID met for the first time Monday, Dec. 14, to discuss issues for the School relating to the pandemic. I write to share an update on our COVID case policy, and to provide related information, read updates here.

New Family Support Resources Available

November 5, 2020 - In an effort to continue to assist our employees during this unique and unprecedented period of time, UCI has launched, a new central webpage to help connect UCI families to dependent and elder care resources. Read more.

COVID-19 Testing for Staff, Faculty and Postdocs 

October 5, 2020 - Staff, Faculty, Instructors and Postdocs are on the roadmap for regular testing. More info coming soon. 

CA Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education 

October 5, 2020 - California released updated guidance for institutions of Higher Education. We are currently in “red tier,” but you can track our progress here.

UCI Contact Tracing Program - Executive Directive

September 30, 2020 - UCI has entered into an agreement with the Orange County Health Care Agency to authorize UCI to conduct contact tracing specific to the UCI community. Campus leadership has supported this effort by issuing an executive directive. Read more.

Flu Shots Available on Campus

September, 23, 2020 - UCI employees and their covered dependents who have UCI Health coverage can obtain a flu vaccination at the UCI Health drive-up testing site at Campus Parking Lot 70 located at 4600 Health Science Road, Irvine, at the corner of Bison and California. You may schedule an appointment through MyChart. The hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday through Friday.

2020-21 Flu Vaccination Now Mandatory for All UCI Employees

September 21, 2020
To support the health and well-being of UC students, faculty and staff, as well as our local communities, the University of California, in consultation with UC Health leadership, has issued a systemwide executive order requiring all members of the UC community to receive an influenza immunization before Nov. 1, 2020. Read more.



Campus COVID-19 Resources

COVID information and guidance can be found by calling the UCI Coronavirus Response Center at (949) 824-9918, by emailing, and at the following information hubs:

Students should report positive or suspected cases through the Student Health Center or by calling (949) 824-5304


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