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HDH: Fall Quarter 2022 Updates

Last updated: September 29, 2022

In continued support of UC San Diego students, on-campus housing communities will remain open and operational for Fall Quarter 2022. If public health considerations cause the university to request students to vacate on-campus housing, students will not be charged for the unused portion of their housing and dining contracts.

Undergraduate Housing Residents – Current and Incoming Students

All students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing must follow the Student Housing Safety Rules.

UC Vaccine Mandate

 All students accessing any UC facility are required to be “fully vaccinated” or have an approved exemption per the UC vaccination policy. To remain “fully vaccinated,” students are required to receive the recommended booster dose within 30 days of becoming eligible. More information can be found on the Return to Learn website.

Screening, Testing and Masks

Students are no longer required to wear face coverings in their own residential unit (apartments or suites). Please continue to respect the decision of others if they choose to mask.

Masking remains required in all indoor classroom/instructional settings, clinical areas and on Triton/university transportation until further notice. Visit the Return to Learn website to learn where students can pick up a free KN95 mask on campus.

Students should continue to complete the daily symptom screening. Per the CDC, students who have been exposed to COVID should mask for 10 days after being exposed to COVID-19. We encourage students who are symptomatic to wear a mask when around others and to get tested for COVID-19. We also recommend testing on arrival and on Day 5 after being away from campus.

Exposure Guidelines

Please visit the UC San Diego Return to Learn website for up-to-date information on exposure guidelines.

Monkeypox

Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information on monkeypox.

 

Fall Quarter 2022

Isolation and Quarantine for Fall Quarter

Does campus offer isolation housing?

Isolation and quarantine housing is available at a nearby hotel, but limited.

What is the isolation housing process for fall?

Students living on campus: Depending on clinical and living situations, you may be moved to isolation housing or need to isolate in place. If you are isolating in place and sharing a bedroom with another individual, you will need to mask at all times within your bedroom and the common rooms. If you are isolating in place and do not have a roommate, you may remove your mask in your bedroom, but will need to mask when using the bathroom. When isolating in place, you cannot utilize the common living areas. You may only leave the unit to pick up food or receive medical care and must remain masked at all times.

Students isolating off campus: If you are able to isolate safely off campus with your family, please email the Public Health Team at ucsdcovidadmin@health.ucsd.edu. You must leave campus in a private vehicle. You cannot take public transportation.

How will a student be charged for their meals in isolation housing?

Students isolating in place are asked to use the Triton2Go mobile app to order meals for pick up. Dining Dollars, Triton Cash or credit cards are accepted. Grocery orders may be placed via email to the nearest HDH Market location. Dining Dollars, Triton Cash, EBT or credit cards are accepted.

Students isolating in a university-provided hotel room are asked to use the Dining Helps Web App to order market items and prepared meals. Students will be charged through their Dining Dollars first and to their student account as a secondary option. Charges are made after the student is released from isolation housing.

What is the cost of a meal?

The cost of each item/meal is listed on the Triton2Go mobile app.

The cost for optional meals that are delivered to a hotel are $8 for breakfast, $11 for lunch and $11 for dinner. Prices for optional groceries are priced per item in the Dining Helps Web App.

What food resources are available for undergraduate students isolating in place?

Students are asked to use the Triton2Go mobile ordering app and follow these steps:

  • Wait until you receive a notification in the app that your order is ready for pick up.
  • You must double mask or wear a KN95/N95 mask before exiting your living space to pick up your order.
  • Upon arrival, please use the hand sanitizer dispenser located at the entrance of each HDH Dining location.
  • Be prepared to share the last four digits of your order number with our staff when picking up your meal.
  • Return directly to your bedroom to enjoy your meal.

For questions, contact Dining Helps at 858.534.4216 or dininghelps@ucsd.edu. They are available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Housing

How many students are assigned to a bedroom?

Residence hall (suite) and apartment assignments are at double and triple occupancy. There are also a limited number of single occupancy bedrooms throughout our undergraduate communities.

What if students are required to vacate campus due to the pandemic?

If public health considerations cause the university to request students to vacate on-campus housing, students will not be responsible for the unused portion of their housing and dining contracts. Should this be necessary, we will work with students based on their personal circumstances.

Are residential students assigned housing based on vaccination status?

Housing assignments are not based on vaccination status. The scientific modeling demonstrates a higher risk of viral infections on campus if unvaccinated students are housed together.

Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status. Room moves based on a student’s roommate’s known or unknown vaccination status will not be considered.

What if my roommate is not vaccinated?

The science modeling has shown that there is a low risk of transmission if vaccinated and unvaccinated students are roomed together. Housing all unvaccinated students solely together would increase risk of infections.

Can I change rooms if my roommate/apartment mate is not vaccinated?

HDH will not consider any room assignment changes based on a resident’s known or perceived vaccination status. Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status.

What if I do not agree with the protocols/policies in place for move-in or roommate matching?

Prior to move in, if a student does not agree with the masking policy, visitation policy, roommate assignment, and/or other Return to Learn Policies, they have the ability to cancel their housing contract via the Housing Portal.

Can I choose to cancel/terminate my Fall Quarter 2022 housing contract?

Contract cancellations are no longer accepted. If a student has an extenuating circumstance necessitating a contract termination, they will need to log into the Housing Portal and submit a Contract Termination Request form.

More information about these processes and contract termination proration can be found here.

What resources are available to me?

Any student who is experiencing challenges related to their basic needs — access to nutritious food, stable housing and financial wellness resources — should contact basicneeds@ucsd.edu or 858.246.2632.

General Housing

Will canceling my 2022-2023 housing contract impact my financial aid?

If a student cancels their 2022-2023 housing contract and receives financial aid, this could result in a reduction to the cost of attendance and a reduction to their financial aid. Notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office of your new housing arrangements. If you are living off campus, you may need to submit a copy of your lease agreement. For more information, please visit https://fas.ucsd.edu/.

Can I have visitors in my suite or apartment?

Students can have visitors. Residents will be responsible for the behavior of their guests. Residents should still have conversations about guests and visitors in their residential units and discuss whether everyone is in agreement or want to set up expectations among the suite or apartment.

Graduate and Family Housing Residents

All students who live in UC San Diego-provided student housing must follow the Student Housing Safety Rules.

UC Vaccine Mandate

University of California’s SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy requires that all students, faculty and staff, with few exceptions, must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. More information about the documentation process can be found on the Return to Learn website.

Move-In and Testing

We are working diligently with campus health partners on the implementation of the Return to Learn program to provide you a successful move-in experience at UC San Diego. Part of the process includes signing up for a SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of your arrival on campus and again on Day 5, as well as daily symptom monitoring. The goal is to identify and isolate any asymptomatic individuals who could unintentionally spread the virus. If you share a living space with someone who is not a family member, you should also mask inside your apartment (except for your personal bedroom and shower) until seven days after returning to campus and a Day 5 test is negative.

For students coming to campus who are completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, they must log in to MyStudentChart using their AD credentials prior to arriving to campus. After their move-in COVID-19 test is completed, they can then use the self-administered vending machine testing kits distributed throughout the campus. Please go to https://covid19testing.ucsd.edu/asymptomatic/student and select a location and time to complete your test.

Family members residing in a graduate resident’s apartment may also get free testing. At this time, these need to be scheduled through the Health System COVID-19 testing line at 619.543.8260.

Screening and Testing

Regardless of vaccination status, all residential students are required to complete the daily symptom screener and to take a SARS-CoV-2 test if they experience symptoms. Instructions for completing the daily symptom screener are available on the Student Screening and Testing webpage.

COVID-19 Testing

All graduate students have access to free symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing through Student Health Services or UC San Diego Health, including tests in vending machines distributed across campus.

Testing Requirements
All graduate and professional students, regardless of vaccination status, must take a UC San Diego-administered SARS-CoV-2 test within 24 hours of arrival to campus and again on Day 5.

Exposure Guidelines

Please visit the UC San Diego Return to Learn website for up-to-date information on exposure guidelines.

Fall Quarter 2022

Housing

Is housing open for Fall Quarter 2022?

Yes. On-campus housing communities and dining facilities will remain open.

When will Graduate and Family Housing contracts be offered?

Graduate and Family Housing contracts are issued year-round, including during summer months. Contract issuance in these communities will continue in this manner.

Will residential students be assigned housing based on vaccination status?

Housing assignments will not be based on vaccination status. The scientific modeling demonstrates a higher risk of viral infections on campus if unvaccinated students are housed together.

Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status. Room moves based on a student’s roommate’s known or unknown vaccination status will not be considered.

What if my roommate is not vaccinated?

The science modeling has shown that there is a low risk of transmission if vaccinated and unvaccinated students are roomed together. Housing all unvaccinated students solely together would increase risk of infections.

Can I change rooms if my roommate/apartment mate is not vaccinated?

HDH will not consider any room assignment changes based on a resident’s known or perceived vaccination status. Roommates/apartment mates should not ask one another of their vaccination status.

What if I do not agree with the protocols/policies in place for move-in or roommate matching?

Prior to move in, if a student does not agree with the masking policy, visitation policy, roommate assignment, and/or other Return to Learn Policies, they have the ability to cancel their housing contract.

Can I have visitors in my suite or apartment?

Students can have visitors. Residents will be responsible for the behavior of their guests. Residents should still have conversations about guests and visitors in their residential units and discuss whether everyone is in agreement or want to set up expectations.

Isolation Housing for Fall Quarter

What is the isolation housing process for fall?

Students living on campus: Depending on clinical and living situations, you may be moved to isolation housing at a nearby hotel or need to isolate in place. If you are isolating in place and sharing a bedroom with another individual, you will need to mask at all times within your bedroom and the common rooms. If you are isolating in place and do not have a roommate, you may remove your mask in your bedroom, but will need to mask when using the bathroom. When isolating in place, you cannot utilize the common living areas. You may only leave the unit to pick up food or receive medical care and must remain masked at all times.

How will a student be charged for their meals in isolation housing?

Students isolating in place are asked to use the Triton2Go mobile app to order meals for pick up. Dining Dollars, Triton Cash or credit cards are accepted. Grocery orders may be placed via email to the nearest HDH Market location. Dining Dollars, Triton Cash, EBT or credit cards are accepted.

Students isolating in a university-provided hotel room are asked to use the Dining Helps Web App to order market items and prepared meals. Students will be charged through their Dining Dollars first and to their student account as a secondary option. Charges are made after the student is released from isolation housing.

What is the cost of a meal?

The cost of each item/meal is listed on the Triton2Go mobile app.

The cost for optional meals that are delivered to a hotel are $8 for breakfast, $11 for lunch and $11 for dinner. Prices for optional groceries are priced per item in the Dining Helps Web App.

What food resources are available for graduate students in campus isolation housing?

For students staying in isolation housing at the hotel, they can bill their groceries to their housing account by contacting Dining Helps. They can assist with arranging for groceries to be delivered from an HDH market. Students may call 858.534.4216 or email dininghelps@ucsd.edu between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., seven days a week.

If a student has concern about covering the cost of meals and groceries while they are isolated in their apartment, they are asked to contact Sarah Feteih from Basic Needs at ssfeteih@ucsd.edu or visit basicneeds.ucsd.edu for more information and to develop a plan.

Students may also order groceries from an outside grocery delivery service such as Ralphs, Vons or Instacart, or meals from an outside meal delivery service including DoorDash and Uber Eats. These options require students to pay the service directly. Students will not be able to bill these services to their housing account.