LATEST UPDATE FROM THE COVID RESPONSE & RECOVERY TASK FORCE (8/31/21):
Dear Bruin Community:
As we plan for our return to campus this fall, we want to remind the community about the following protocols:
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing - NEW POLICY IN EFFECT
We have reassessed the mandatory testing requirements after reviewing COVID-19 case data on campus and in the community. Effective immediately, unvaccinated individuals working, learning or living on campus or other UCLA property are required to participate in twice weekly testing. Testing for vaccinated asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status is no longer required, although they are highly encouraged to test at least once per week. Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, individuals may be directed to test if they are considered a close contact to a positive case or if conditions change that warrant additional testing.
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As was previously communicated in campuswide messages on August 16 and July 15, the University of California has established a systemwide COVID-19 vaccination policy , which requires all faculty, students and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to the start of the fall term (or September 1 for all UCLA employees who work in our hospitals and clinics), with limited exceptions. All students and employees should be compliant with the policy no later than September 9. Employees can submit their proof of vaccination or request an exception through the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System even if they do not plan to come to campus the day they complete the verification process.
Daily Symptom Monitoring
Daily symptom monitoring for all UCLA students, faculty and staff members who are living and/or working on campus and other UCLA properties is required and should be completed using the same UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System.
For your convenience, you can access both the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System and the UCLA COVID-19 Clearance Portal on the recently updated UCLA Mobile App. Download the app at one of the following links: Android App Store | iOS App Store
Wearing a face mask indoors remains an L.A. County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) requirement on campus and within the county. Outdoor masking is also being encouraged at this time, especially at gatherings or congested areas.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to COVID-19 recovery on campus.
Can I just walk in to test sites when it’s convenient for me to test, or do I always need an appointment?
No appointments are necessary for in-person testing at 300 Bradley Hall. All other testing on campus is available by self-service vending machines in various, convenient campus locations.
I’ve already received the COVID vaccine (or the first dose of the vaccine)—do I still need to test?
Per the latest UC COVID Vaccination Policy, testing for vaccinated asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status is no longer required, although they are highly encouraged to test at least once per week. For more information, including how to verify vaccination, visit the UCLA COVID-19 site.
If I get tested somewhere else, how do I submit my results?
You can upload your results at this link. The document you upload must include name, date of birth or UID, date of test, and test result.
Why do I have to complete a COVID-19 test?
UCLA requires twice-weekly testing for all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and others living, learning or working on campus. Regular surveillance testing is no longer mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week. Self-test vending machines are available throughout the UCLA campus with an active, registered BruinCard at no cost.
Faculty, staff and students — whether vaccinated or unvaccinated — may be directed to test if they are found to be close contact of an individual who has tested positive or if changing conditions warrant additional surveillance.
Why was I not instructed to complete a mandatory COVID-19 test?
Regular surveillance testing is no longer mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week. Self-test vending machines are available throughout the UCLA campus with an active, registered BruinCard at no cost.
Do I have to pay anything for the test?
No, there is no cost to you for surveillance testing if testing at UCLA through the Community Screening program (in-person testing at 300 Bradley Hall). Self-test vending machines are available throughout the UCLA campus with an active, registered BruinCard at no cost.
I did not get a link to schedule an appointment for testing. What can I do?
Appointments are no longer required/available. Self-test vending machines are available throughout the UCLA campus with an active, registered BruinCard at no cost.
If I test positive, will UCLA provide housing for me so that I won’t infect my family?
UCLA will provide housing to you, based on availability. Please call The Ashe Center COVID-19 Hotline at (310) 206-6217 for assistance.
What if I don’t have a computer or mobile device and so can’t receive email or register for the tests?
You have the option of coming to our onsite testing facility at Bradley Hall, Room 300. The staff there will be able to assist anyone with technology or accessibility issues. Note: You will need a valid phone number (with texting capabilities) and/or email to be able to successfully register and receive your test results.
I only come to campus a few hours per day. Do I still have to do this?
Yes, if you come to campus at least once per week, you need to test. If you have questions about the new community screening guidelines, please contact your supervisor.
I am not a current student. Can I be tested?
Complimentary community screening testing is limited to students, faculty, staff and academic appointments at UCLA. All students, staff and faculty with a BruinCard can test using the self-test vending machines available throughout the UCLA campus.
I am a UCLA Health employee. Can I be tested?
We are not currently testing UCLA Health employees. Please follow up with your supervisor for more information.
What are the consequences if I choose not to test?
- If you are a UCLA student, staff, or faculty who meets the criteria for mandatory surveillance testing in accordance with the UCLA Community Screening Protocol, you must comply with testing requirements as reiterated in the UCLA Summary of COVID-19 Public Health Mitigation Requirements. In the event you decline to participate, you will be subject to UCLA Procedures for Compliance and Enforcement of COVID-19 Public Health Mitigation Measures.
- For individuals living in on-campus housing, if you fail or refuse to adhere to the testing protocol, you may be subject to exclusion from housing through the On Campus Housing Conduct Process and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
- For students attending in-person classes, if you fail or refuse to adhere to the testing protocol, you may be subject to exclusion from campus, including prohibition from attending in-person classes, and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
- For faculty and staff, if you fail to refuse to adhere to the testing protocol, you may be subject to exclusion from campus and may be referred for disciplinary action through the applicable disciplinary process.
What do I need to use the COVID self-test vending machines on campus?
UCLA students, staff and faculty only need an active Bruin Card and a smart phone to utilize the COVID self-test vending machines located throughout campus.
Can I use the vending machines if I do not have a smartphone?
The use of a smartphone for registration is offered as a convenience for those testing throughout the campus community. For those that do not have access to a smartphone, Bradley Hall 300 is available for in-person testing. The staff there can assist with registration using designated iPads. Please note that anyone looking to test on campus will be required to have a cell phone that receives texts since a text confirmation code is necessary to authenticate and register for the test.
Can I use a computer to register for the COVID self-test vending machines?
Unfortunately, you cannot register the test kits through the use of a computer or laptop. However the use of a mobile device (with camera) such as an iPad, can be used.
Where does the testing take place?
In-person testing is now available only at 300 Bradley Hall. All other COVID-19 testing is available via self-testing saliva collection from designated UCLA campus vending machines/ collection bins.
Do I need to schedule an appointment?
Appointments are no longer required to test in person at 300 Bradley Hall. Self-test vending machines are available throughout the UCLA campus with an active, registered BruinCard at no cost.
I don’t have a UCLA parking permit, is there free parking for this requirement?
There is no free parking offered for this requirement, but there is short term parking available at most UCLA lots at a prorated cost. Alternatively, there may be street parking available near campus if you want to avoid parking fees.
What happens if I cannot make it to my scheduled testing date/time?
Scheduled appointments are no longer required. COVID-19 Self-test vending machines are available 24/7 on campus in designated locations with a BruinCard.
Where are the COVID self-test vending machines located on campus?
An interactive map of every vending machine, test center, and collection site is available online.
What should I do if I am having trouble accessing a COVID self-test from a vending machine on campus?
Please complete the Ask BruinCard intake request form. Under topic, please toggle down and select “BruinCard Troubleshoot Request Form.”
I only work at night/weekends. When can I be tested?
COVID-19 Self-test kits are available 24/7 from vending machines in designated locations on campus with a BruinCard. The collection boxes for completed samples are available for specimen drop off weekdays, starting each Monday at 8:00 AM and ending at Friday 2:00 PM (excluding holidays). Samples dropped off after 2PM on Friday and before 8AM on Monday, cannot be processed. Please allow 24-48 hours to receive your results.
Can I get tested somewhere other than UCLA?
Yes. We accept outside test results but are unable to reimburse for any expenses incurred during community testing at an outside facility. Los Angeles County offers multiple testing sites, including one close to UCLA.
What if I am not comfortable coming to campus to get tested?
You can certainly test at another location, but you must meet the testing requirements for timing and you must submit your results. However, if you do not come to campus, you likely are not required to test. The exception is students living in graduate student University housing.
If I need to get tested somewhere else, will UCSHIP pay for it?
No. UCSHIP does not cover community screening. This is a service provided at no cost by the UCLA campus for all current students. staff, and faculty. Los Angeles County offers multiple testing sites, including one close to UCLA.
What type of test is being used to detect COVID-19?
UCLA uses to a saliva-based COVID-19 PCR test.
Is the test painful?
The saliva test is performed by spitting saliva into a funnel and is painless.
RESULTS AND TREATMENT
When and how will I receive my results?
Depending on whether your test returns positive or negative, you may receive a phone call or email/text message with a link to a secure site to get your results. Results should be available 24-48 hours after testing. On rare occasions, the turnaround time may be impacted by a surge of tests in the Los Angeles Community. Please allow up to 5 days before contacting us if you have not received your results.
What should I do if my test result is positive?
You will be contacted by a member of the UCLA Exposure Management Team. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, you must follow the County of Los Angeles Health Office order: 1) immediately self- isolate AND 2) notify your close contacts that they are required to be in quarantine for 14 days from when you last had contact with them. You should remain isolated for at least 10 days after the test results and until you are symptom-free.
What should I do if my COVID-19 test is inconclusive?
An inconclusive test result is not very common, however, if you receive an inconclusive test result, please schedule another test at your earliest convenience. You may not attend or teach in-person classes until you are retested and receive a negative result. You do not need to be tested more than once a week. If you cannot return for a test before the end of this current week, you may just proceed with your regular testing schedule.
Will this test tell me if I have already had COVID-19 and recovered?
No, this is NOT a test for COVID-19 antibodies, which are produced by people who have had the disease and have recovered.
Are the test results confidential?
Yes, the test results are confidential. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UCLA may encounter situations where there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of students or others. When acting in such situations and UCLA determines that it is in the best interests of public health or safety, UCLA may disclose information from an individual’s COVID-19 test. Such disclosures may include disclosures to faculty and staff, and other individuals who, in the University’s discretion, have a need to know such information due to a threat to the health or safety of a student or others. All positive results will be reported to the Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, as required by the state.
Can I still go to work or class if I am waiting for my results?
Yes, as long as you do not have symptoms, and have not been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID, you are cleared to report to work or attend class.
If I cannot go to class, can I get a medical excuse note for my faculty?
Yes. Notify your faculty that you are waiting on your results. They may not need a note if you explain your circumstance. For assistance with a medical excuse go online and click on "Messages" from the Ashe Patient Portal. Select “New Message". Choose the option: “Request a medical excuse if you were unable to attend work or class, or unable to complete an assignment, examination or presentation.”
Do I need to be tested again even if I had tested negative for COVID-19 earlier this month?
Yes. UCLA requires twice-weekly testing for all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and others living, learning or working on campus. Regular surveillance testing is no longer mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week.
Do I need to be tested again if I had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month?
If you tested positive for COVID-19 greater than 90 days of arriving to campus, you may need to participate in the testing program. You must contact us to speak with a member of the Exposure Management Team to determine if you need to complete the test. Please have a copy of your test result when you contact us at (310) 206-6217.
Can I waive out of the testing requirement?
Regular surveillance testing is no longer mandatory for vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals who have verified their vaccination status with the university, although they are strongly encouraged to continue testing once a week.
If I am doing 100% remote work or coursework, but I received notification that I need to test. Do I need to complete the COVID-19 test?
It depends. If you plan to participate in fully remote courses, do not come to campus to work, and /or are not living in a University owned residence, or coming onto UCLA campus, you will not need to be tested.
What happens if I am unwilling to participate in the University’s mandatory COVID-19 testing plan?
Community Screening for unvaccinated individuals in specific groups is mandatory. If you are unwilling to participate, you may be prohibited from coming onto campus. In addition, your department and the Dean of Students office will be notified if you do not complete testing.
I only come to campus once or twice a month. Do I need to be tested?
If you come to campus less often than once per week and do not live in university-owned housing, you do not need to be tested. If you live in university-owned housing but do not come to campus weekly, you still need to be tested. Individuals who have successfully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to test regularly with proof of vaccination. See the above update for details and how to opt out of testing.
Should I report to work while I’m awaiting my test results?
You can report to work if your test is pending and you have successfully cleared your daily symptom survey (i.e. you have no COVID symptoms and you have not been directed to isolate or quarantine.
If I test positive, will I be off work and for how long?
If you test positive, you will need to isolate at home for at least 10 days after your symptoms began, or after your test date if you do not have any symptoms.
What if I have to be off to isolate but I don’t have any sick or vacation time?
If you have to quarantine or isolate and cannot telework, you can apply for a maximum potential entitlement of 80 hours of Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). EPSL hours are not deducted from an employee’s sick or vacation leave accruals.
What if I have used all of my COVID-related leave but have to isolate or quarantine?
If you have to quarantine or isolate and cannot telework, and have already exhausted all COVID-19 related paid leaves, there are several options available including Family & Medical Leave (FMLA/CFRA), sick leave, vacation leave and leave without pay.
Might I have to take LWOP for COVID?
If all available accruals (sick leave, vacation leave, comp time off, blood time) and all COVID-19 related paid leave entitlements have been exhausted, you may have to take Leave Without Pay.
Are there consequences if I choose not to test?
Those who opt not to test will not be allowed on campus and should consult with their departments.