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Your health and well-being are our top priority at UC Merced. Our leaders are working closely with experts to ensure your ongoing safety and build solutions to meet your changing needs. As you navigate campus, please know that we are committed to fully supporting our students and keeping you updated on current information.

UC Merced’s Success Anywhere website supports student success by providing support, guidance, and resources that equip students to pursue their educational journey. This site serves as a hub for opportunities, programs and services that promote success for currently enrolled UC Merced students.

Please see here for latest information for the spring semester.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination is required for anyone who learns, lives, or works on campus

COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

  • Current Policies, Directives and Advisories can be found on the Do Your Part Website.
  • All students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are required to wear a face covering inside any UC Merced property.
  • All vaccinated individuals will participate in asymptomatic testing protocol at least one time during the Fall semester. Students will be contacted via their UC Merced email with their testing window. Additional requirements may apply to students living in housing.
  • All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, including those with approved exemptions, will be required to test on a weekly basis. Additional requirements may apply to students living in campus housing.


Please see here for latest information for spring semester instruction.

  • Face coverings are required for students, regardless of vaccination status, at all times in the classroom.
    • Vaccinated instructors may choose to wear a face shield instead of a mask. Unvaccinated instructors must wear a mask.
    • Students who are not complying with masking requirements should be handed as outlined in the campus policy for “Dealing with Disruption
  • Classrooms will not have increased cleaning protocols or ingress/egress procedures. Individual cleaning kits can be found at several campus locations.
  • Vaccination Status: Instructors may not ask students about their vaccination status, nor will this information be shared by the University. Students with questions about vaccinations should be referred to
  • Illness and Quarantine
    • Students are not permitted to participate in campus activities if exhibiting any COVID symptoms and are expected to stay home if sick.
    • Students are expected to notify their instructors of any absence due to illness or quarantine.
    • Instructors are not required to record or broadcast lectures for students who are unable to attend class due to illness or quarantine. However, instructors are encouraged to be accommodating for ill or quarantined students.

Campus Study Spaces

As part of UC Merced’s staged return to campus, the University is making on-campus spaces available to assist with online and in-person learning. These spaces will allow access to campus WiFi, as well as provide areas for students to study and learn as we return to completely in-person instruction.

Additional areas include:

  • Study spaces in Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library
  • The commuter student lounge in Sentinel Rock 145. The lounge will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center (YWDC) will be open for indoor seating from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays. Food service is not available at YWDC at this time.

Additional resources during this remote period is offered through the Technology Resources Program. The program provides technology to support remote instruction for the start of the spring 2022 semester, including laptops, webcams and headsets.

Campus Housing


Health Services

  • Student Health Services (SHS) is open and available for both virtual and in person visits.
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) welcomes scholars to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment
  • Students are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster on-campus

Student Services

  • Resources and services that support your social, physical, and academic well-being are currently available virtually. Some in-person services may be available beginning January 18, 2022; be sure to check the program website for more information.
  • Campus tutoring services  will be offered in-person beginning in late January 2022.  Updated information can be found here.
  • Campus recreation facilities will be open with limited hours beginning January 3, 2022 and will resume regular hours in late January 2022.  Check out the Recreation website for more updates.
  • Basic needs assistance, including grocery support, economic crisis response, and housing insecurity assistance, is available through the Basic Needs.
  • Academic advisors and program staff will be available for appointments and walk-ins, some may offer virtual services. Contact your specific program office for more information.