COVID-19 Protocols and Expectations

The health and safety of our residential community continues to be a top priority. We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 variants and remain in communication with our health professionals and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. Any change in protocol will be communicated as soon as we have it. 

Testing and Isolation
As of January 2022, all students are required to test weekly. They can pick up a test at any residential hall front desk or on-campus vending machine. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 the Ashe Exposure Management Team will contact both the student and the Housing Isolation and Quarantine Team. Students who test positive will be moved to an isolation room. The Housing IQ Team will confirm the isolation room to the student and provide them additional resources. 

Students in isolation should expect to be there a minimum of 10 days. We encourage students to have a small bag packed with clothing and any other necessities, to be ready to take to an isolation room. 

Isolation and Quarantine Infographic.

Symptom Monitoring
Students should complete the Symptom Monitoring Survey every day. The completed survey, that indicates clearance must be shown prior to entering all you care to eat dining facilities, events, classrooms, and other programs on-campus.

Students unable to use technology during certain parts of the week, may go to their front desk and request assistance in completing the symptom monitoring survey. The student will be provided a paper certificate that indicates completion and clearance. These will be accepted at the dining facilities or other areas where clearance is needed. 

Mask Protocol
UCLA and LA County currently require masks to be worn while indoors in common areas. Students can remove them in their room, but should wear them as soon as leaving their room. This includes, but is not limited to study and social lounges, hallways, and laundry rooms. Students should also wear their mask when not actively eating or drinking inside the dining halls. Masks should be worn outside when participating in an event larger than 1,000 people. 

Guest Policy
Students may have one guest per resident in their room at a time, and all guests must be able to show symptom monitoring survey clearance. Visitors must complete the daily symptom monitoring survey before entering the building. Over-night guests must be fully vaccinated and be cleared by the symptom monitoring survey every day.

Wastewater testing
In an effort to enhance our ability to detect emerging COVID-19 infections among members of the campus community, UCLA’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety has initiated a program to test wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Trace amounts of viruses such as  SARS-CoV-2 are commonly shed in fecal matter that ends up in a community’s wastewater system when people use the bathroom. Traces of SARS-CoV-2 can show up in an infected person’s feces days before any symptoms are detected, and even when a person ultimately shows no symptoms at all. This makes wastewater testing a particularly efficient early-warning strategy for the detection of COVID-19. Wastewater testing helps us identify potential asymptomatic cases and mitigate breakthrough cases sooner. 

In the event that positive trace amounts are detected, the building will be notified and asked to test immediately.