What to Expect – Students and Parents
A Safe Return to Campus
The safety and well-being of our students remains a top priority. UC Riverside has returned to mostly in-person instruction.
UCR is committed to delivering in-person instruction, research opportunities, and student support services wherever possible. As a nationally-ranked residential public research university, an on-campus presence is essential to successfully advance our mission of instruction, research, and public service.
Campus gathering and student support venues, including libraries, Student Recreation Center, Highlander Union Building, bookstore, dining spaces, and residence halls,are open.
All members of the campus community – including students, staff, and faculty – must adhere to public health and safety guidelines upon their return to the UCR campus.
The circumstances around COVID-19 are rapidly changing, and campus guidelines will continue to evolve as guidance from local, state, and national health authorities are updated. Please continue to visit the COVID-19 site for updated information with specifics about operations on campus.
Do I need to get a COVID test before returning to Riverside?
Students living in campus housing should get a COVID-19 test before returning to Riverside.
Where can I get tested after returning to campus?
The UCR testing sites are in the Pentland Hills Bear Cave Meeting Room and outside the Student Success Center.
Can over-the-counter rapid antigen tests be used to meet the pre-return to campus testing requirement for students in housing?
Yes rapid, at-home antigen tests do satisfy the testing requirement.
Am I required to get the COVID-19 booster?
Yes, UC’s vaccination policy requires all faculty, academic personnel, staff, trainees, students, and others accessing university facilities and programs to receive a full vaccine series, including boosters. Everyone who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster should get one immediately. Others should get a booster as soon as they are eligible.
What if I or one of my roommates test positive after returning to Riverside?
Students who test positive must report their results using the COVID Screening Check. Students will be asked to isolate or be moved to isolation housing. Regardless of vaccination status, students who are exposed do not need to quarantine, but must test within 3-5 days after last exposure, and continue to follow any additional campus testing protocols. These students must monitor for symptoms and strictly adhere to COVID-19 precautions for 10 days from their last exposure.