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Students & Families

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.

Fall 2021 in-person instruction will be delayed until Monday, August 30th. Courses already scheduled for on-line delivery will begin August 25th. In-person courses may have some level of asynchronous online activity August 25th-August 27th. Students should check their CatCourses sites by August 25th for specific course information.
 

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.

Instruction

Fall 2021 in-person instruction will be delayed until Monday, August 30th. Courses already scheduled for on-line delivery will begin August 25th. In-person courses may have some level of asynchronous online activity August 25th-August 27th. Students should check their CatCourses sites by August 25th for specific course information.

  • 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 nursing@ucmerced.edu.
  • 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.
    • Students who cannot participate fully in-person for Fall 2021 should be referred to their academic advisor.

Campus Housing

  • In Fall 2021, UCM housing will be at typical capacity, and Fall 2021 incoming students are required to live on campus.
  • Enhanced health and safety precautions will be in place, along with increased cleaning of facilities. View the Physical Readiness page.

Dining

  • On-campus dining options will be open this fall – additional information will be shared in August

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 on-campus

Student Services

  • Resources and services that support your social, physical, and academic well-being are currently available virtually and will be available in-person this fall.
  • Campus tutoring services are currently available virtually and will be offered in-person this fall.
  • Student Recreation Center is currently open to limited capacity, which will continue to increase.
  • Basic needs assistance, including grocery support, economic crisis response, and housing insecurity assistance, is available through the Basic Needs Department.
  • 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.