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Spring Semester Return Update

We are all too aware that this pandemic has been a great physical and psychological burden. But we are a community that is close to 100 percent vaccinated, with rigorous health and cleaning measures in place on campus and robust campus communications emphasizing the need to do our part for one other. We rely, as we have all along, on the strength, courage, and cooperative spirit that are the hallmarks of UC Merced. While there will continue to be bumps in the road, working together UC Merced will do everything possible to maintain its critical mission of research, teaching and public service.

Classes will begin Jan. 18, with remote instruction through Jan. 31 to give incoming students more time to test for COVID.

All plans are subject to change based on emerging information. For latest communication with additional information, please see here.

Quick Reference Guide to rules and guidance for spring semester, please see here


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 Everyone Does Their Part: Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Individuals


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Obtain Your COVID-19 Booster

Booster eligibility begins 5 months after receiving your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or after one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. All eligible individuals are required to get boosted at their earliest convenience. Unboosted individuals can receive a booster free of charge through the campus clinic or find a local vaccine clinic through the MyTurn website. Once you receive your booster, please click here to upload your proof of vaccination.

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Wear an Upgraded Face Covering when Indoors

All individuals are required to wear upgraded face coverings (KN95, KF94, N95 or 3-ply surgical masks) on UC Merced controlled property when indoors, on UC Merced operated Public Transit, or while traveling in fleet vehicles when not alone. Please review the updated campus directive for further information including exceptions to the face covering requirement.

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Stay Home When Sick and Submit Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Submit Daily Health Screening Questionnaire Every day, and before reporting to campus, individuals must respond to either this Daily Symptom Survey or the daily health check email. If you have any symptoms, stay home, report your status to the COVID Response Center, and inform your supervisor. If you live on campus, stay in your dorm, and report your status to the COVID Response Center.

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Participate in the Asymptomatic Testing Program

Fully boosted individuals are required to take one regularly scheduled COVID-19 test per month, via the Lot Quality Asymptomatic (LQA) screening program. Those who aren't fully boosted are required to test weekly. Campus Testing is free of charge for all UC Merced students and employees.

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Healthy Behaviors

Wash Your Hands. Individuals should appropriately wash their hands several times a day, especially after being in a public place and touching an item or surface that was likely touched by others.


CA Notify

UC Merced recommends that all individuals sign up and use the CA Notify COVID-19 exposure notification system to stay informed and protected. Visit CA Notify for installation guidelines.

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Enjoy the Fresh Air

Generally, face coverings are not required when outdoors. There may be times when face coverings are explicitly required. Unvaccinated Individuals without face coverings must maintain physical distancing when outdoors.

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Respect Individual Choices

Those who wear face coverings when optional, keep physically distant, and/or refrain from handshakes, etc. are doing what they feel is necessary to protect themselves or loved ones, and will be free from judgement in our Bobcat community.

Unvaccinated Individuals Do Their Part

In addition to the mitigation measures above, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals are required to:

COVID testing once to twice per week

Take COVID-19 Tests Weekly

Provide saliva sample for on-campus rapid COVID-19 screening. Unvaccinated residents are required to take 2 tests per week. All others are required to take 1 test per week.

Asymptomatic Testing


Options for Unvaccinated Individuals

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Respirators are Available at No Cost

Respirators are available at any unvaccinated student or employee's request when working indoors. Student or employee will receive basic instruction on how to get a good "seal", or fit.  Respirators can be picked up with an active CatCard at Granite Pass ticket office.

Respirator Distribution Page


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COVID-19 Vaccination

Unvaccinated individuals can change their mind at any time and recieve the COVID-19 vaccine. Once proof of vaccination is submitted, you are removed from unvaccinated requirements

Get Vaccinated


Campus Does Their Part


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UC Merced remains committed to cleanliness and appropriate building air filtration

Hand santizer, sanitization wipes, and face coverings will be available for personal use at no cost.

Physical Readiness


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UC Merced's Student Health Services is administering COVID-19 vaccinations to any UC student, staff, or academic personnel. Call (209) 228-2273 to make an appointment today.

Student Health Services


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UC Merced remains committed to the COVID-19 Prevention Program for our Staff, Academics, and Student Employees.

COVID-19 Prevention Program Plan
Information for Academics & Staff
COVID-19 Resource Center