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Fall 2023 COVID-19 Guidelines for Students

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

With changes to federal and state public health guidance, the University has determined that it is now appropriate to move to a systemwide opt-out program for COVID-19. UCM will require students to either attest to being vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a declination via your MyHealthPortal.

Campus Masking

While healthy individuals are no longer required to wear masks to enter student health facilities, anyone with respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough runny nose, and/or sore throat), must still wear a mask when visiting UCM Student Health Center. Because masks help protect the mask wearer and others from communicable disease exposure, SHS continues to strongly recommend their use in all healthcare facilities. California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA guidelines both state that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must mask for 10 days following a positive test. Depending on community levels, mask requirements may change. 

Regardless of the COVID-19 community levels, CDPH recommends:

  • Wear a mask around others if you have respiratory symptoms

  • Consider wearing a mask in indoor areas of public transportation

  • When choosing to wear a mask, ensure your mask provides the best fit and filtration

  • If you've had significant exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, wear a mask for 10 days.

Isolation Update

Most of our campus community is up-to-date on their vaccinations, and there are more therapeutics available now to reduce the severity of COVID-19. Students living in university housing who test positive for COVID-19 will need to self-report and isolate in place and follow the covid_positive_directions_students3.pdf

For any roommates with underlying medical conditions, we may have temporary accommodations available for the period their roommate is in isolation. For any medical-related questions or concerns please contact the Student Health Center (209) 228-2273.