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COVID-19 Protocols

On this page, you’ll find COVID-19 related public health guidance and expectations for residents of campus housing for 2023-24. The health and safety of our residential community continues to be a top priority. We will continue to work closely with campus and local public health experts, and update this page as needed. 

What to Do If You Test Positive
UCLA has a very limited number of isolation spaces available to students living on-campus. Students who test positive will have the option to utilize one of these rooms as space permits. Please note that the isolation rooms are not single room, they are triple capacity rooms and each space will be used. Residents in isolation housing, will still need to leave the space to get food, following the isolation guidance below. Students always have the option to isolate in-place, within their own room. Additionally, once the designated isolation housing is full, students will be instructed to isolate in-place. It’s important to keep in mind that campus housing residents who become sick with other illnesses, such as the flu or a cold, usually remain in shared rooms with their roommate(s) while recovering.
Whether isolating in a designated room or in-place, students who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the below isolation guidelines:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days after the start of symptoms (Day 0) or after the date of first positive test (Day 0) if no symptoms.
  • Isolation can end after Day 5 if: 
    • Symptoms are not present, or are mild and improving; AND fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
  • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until 24 hours after fever resolves. If symptoms, other than fever, are not improving, continue to isolate until symptoms are improving or until after Day 10.

Isolation Guidance
A mask should be worn at all times within the room and residents should remain in your room with the door closed as much as possible – and no visitors – during this time. Open windows for ventilation if possible.
The following exceptions are allowed for brief trips and then returning directly to your room:  

  • Use the common bathroom. If possible, avoid heavy traffic times, and wash hands with soap as soon as you enter. Always keep your mask on except when brushing your teeth/brief showering. Wipe down any surfaces you have touched with a disinfecting wipe.
  • Pick up to-go meals at one of the boutique, to-go dining venues. You may also pick up food deliveries outside your residence from an off-campus restaurant or delivery service. Eat in your room away from others, or outdoors.
  • Use the laundry facilities in your building only when absolutely necessary, and try to avoid peak times.
  • Sit outside, away from others to get fresh air. You can go for a walk alone. Please wear your mask.

What if your roommate tests positive
If your roommate, or other close contact, tests positive and you do not have symptoms, you are not required to quarantine. Instead, it is recommended that you take a COVID test 3-5 days later, monitor for symptoms, and wear a facial covering around others. If you become symptomatic, it is recommended that you isolate and get tested.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, it is highly recommended that you take a PCR or rapid antigen test. PCR tests are still available to the UCLA community, free of charge, at different vending machines across campus. 

Mask Protocol
It is strongly recommended but not required that students, faculty, staff, visitors and others wear well-fitting face masks in indoor spaces on campus and at UCLA facilities.

Per UCLA’s isolation and quarantine protocol and LACDPH guidelines, if you are isolating, you must wear a highly protective mask during your isolation period if you will be around others, including those you live with. 

There are additional recommendations for campus, found here.

All students should adhere to UCLA's Vaccination policy.