All students, staff, and faculty who will be on campus during the 2022 Spring Quarter should refer to the Chancellor's May 26 memo reinstating campus indoor masking requirement. 

For faculty and staff members who are reporting to work on-site and for students who live in university housing or attend classes or conduct research on campus, a number of protocols are in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Among them are the following:

Vaccine Policy

The UC Office of the President has established a systemwide vaccine policy, which requires all UC employees and students to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, including a booster shot if eligible, or receive an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in any University programs. More information can be found in the Chancellor’s UC Systemwide Vaccine Policy Update and at UCnet. In addition, the UC Office of the President has developed FAQs for employees and for students.

Face Coverings

UC Santa Barbara will require masking in classrooms and other indoor campus shared spaces starting May 27 through June 12, 2022. All indoor spaces on campus, including research spaces, are subject to the masking requirement, with the exception of individual residences in campus housing, dining halls while eating, or individual offices with one person with the door closed. Students, faculty, and staff who must remove their masks during indoor music and performing arts rehearsals involving wind instruments, singing, etc. may continue to do so. Masks must be worn in indoor rehearsal spaces when not actively practicing, rehearsing, or performing.

Per Cal/OSHA, a face covering is a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar or single layer of fabric. A summary of California Department of Public Health and CDC face mask guidelines can be found on the Health & Wellbeing page.

Face masks, both surgical and N95, are available without charge for students, faculty, and staff at the UCEN Campus Store Customer Service Desk and the A.S. Pardall Center, and at other locations on campus. Access the "N95 Mask - How to Wear" and the "N95 Respirator Use" videos to learn about proper use of N95 respirators. 

Two face mask designs that feature transparent face panels have been approved for general use, from Safe 'N' Clear and ClearMask. Face shields require special approval from Human Resources Workplace Accommodations or the Disabled Students Program for specific medical conditions. The California Department of Public Health has developed a set of FAQs explaining why face shields are less effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. 

Employees, students and campus visitors are required to follow the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards for the use of face coverings during an outbreak, and California Department of Public Health guidance for the use of face coverings in certain settings, including health care settings, public transit, indoor youth settings and mega events. 

Physical Distancing

Vaccinated individuals are not required to maintain a specific physical distance, whether indoors or outdoors. For non-vaccinated individuals, Cal/OSHA recommends the use of face coverings outdoors when working within 6 feet of other people. 

Cleaning

Frequent hand washing and surface cleaning is recommended. Disinfection should be performed in work areas where a COVID-19 exposure has been reported.

Campus Resources

Additional guidelines, including those related to the daily screening survey, weekly COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated undergraduate students and the “COVID-19 Returning to Work Training” course required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health, are outlined on the Return to Campus Requirements page.

Human Resources’ Guidance for Staff and Supervisors During COVID-19 Impacts provides information and resources for staff and supervisors. Links on the page are updated as announcements are made and new information becomes available.

Environmental Health & Safety has posted its COVID-19 Prevention Plan, an all-inclusive mitigation and preparation plan for the campus’s gradual return to in-person instruction, research, operations and other activities.

The Environmental Health Program at Environmental Health & Safety offers numerous resources, including general information, guidance documents, information on masks and face coverings, cleaning resources and infographics and signage.