Student Housing Policies have been updated to include policies for COVID-19 prevention that are in compliance with federal, local and campus guidance including Executive Directives from the UCI Chancellor. If there are updates in the guidance from these sources, Housing policies may be updated as well. Residents will be notified via email of any policy changes and will be responsible for reading and adhering to all policy amendments. Learn more about UCI Executive Directives here. Manage your risk, and learn about permitted on-campus activities here

COVID-Related Housing Policies

Cooperation with University Personnel

Residents must cooperate with and act respectfully toward University personnel who are acting in the performance of their duties. Residents must present identification to University personnel upon request and may be required to leave the Student Housing community if they are unable to do so (Children under 16 years of age and accompanied by their legal guardian or resident host who has a valid photo identification are an exception). This includes, but is not limited to, interactions with all Housing staff (professional and student staff), Dining Service staff, UCIPD and OCFA/Fire Department. Interfering with University personnel while in the performance of their duties is prohibited. Examples of violations of this policy include, but are not limited to: providing false information, failing to present identification, withholding information, interfering with staff while they are performing their duties, noncompliance with verbal or written directives or sanctions, and abusive language or exhibiting abusive behavior toward staff.

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to follow all state, local and campus guidelines to promote the safety and wellness of all residents and the larger university community. University and Housing policies may be updated in response to the pandemic and you are expected to read any notifications provided by the university (via email, website, zotalert, etc.) and follow all applicable policies and directives.

  • Adhering to the UCI Chancellor’s Executive Directives and Student Housing directives including sequestering (Zot Pods) guidelines and expectations. 

Daily Symptom Check

All UCI students must complete the Daily Symptom Check on a daily basis, per the UCI Chancellor’s Executive Directive. For more information on the Executive Directive please refer to the following,


Residents shall wear face coverings at all times when not in their assigned rooms which include while walking in the hallway, bathrooms and while in all common areas. Exceptions are when residents are eating or caring for personal hygiene (i.e. showering, brushing teeth) or those listed in the UCI Chancellor’s Executive Directive on face-coverings.


No gatherings are permitted in Student Housing, except official Student Housing events that are pre-approved by university personnel and operate in the scope of their position requirements and approvals. In addition, for gatherings outside of Student Housing, please refer to the following link for the UCI Chancellor’s Executive Directive on Gatherings.


Any group recognized by the University or Housing may be held accountable as a group for violating policies within a housing facility.


No guests are permitted. In accordance with state, local and university guidelines in addition to guidance from public health experts, guests are not permitted in Student Housing buildings (this includes residents from other halls and houses). To reduce the risk of COVID transmission, residents are not permitted to host guests in their assigned room or common areas. Only the assigned resident/contract holder of the room is permitted to be inside the resident room. Read the full updated guest policy here.

Personal Care

Residents are responsible for managing their personal care which includes, but is not limited to personal hygiene.

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to keep the health and wellness of individuals and the community at the forefront of our attention. If you believe you have been exposed or have contracted COVID-19 please contact the UCI Student Health Center to report your symptoms and follow their guidance; (949)824-5304 or
  • Actively & intentionally spreading sickness to another person is not tolerated.

Quarantine Space

Quarantine Space

Residents directed by the university to isolate must follow any staff directions related to isolation, including staying in their assigned space, relocating to a temporary assignment, using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of transmission, and any other guidance given by staff or health professionals. Housing contract cancellations will be pursued if a resident demonstrates an inability or an unwillingness to abide by university regulations and the requirements of community living. Failure to abide by these directives to quarantine and/or isolate will also be subject to student conduct proceeds and/or contract cancellation.

Resident/Room Occupancy

Residents will be expected to abide by the no guest policy (P.23 Guest(s)) for individual resident rooms and all reduced density occupancy limits for common/shared spaces. The number of residents permitted in common area spaces varies in each housing community. Please refer to posted signs within the facility and common area spaces for occupant limits.


Any dangerous behavior should be reported to UCIPD, and any safety concerns should be reported to your community Housing Office or duty staff immediately and is subject to disciplinary action.

  • COVID Non-Compliance: Non-compliance with state, local and campus public health guidance and/or UCI Chancellor’s Executive Directives.