Protecting Yourself & Others

Our on-campus policies have been designed to help promote the health and safety of you, and the entire Bruin community.

  • Wear a Face Covering

  • Wash Your Hands

  • Keep Your Distance

  • Practice Proper Etiquette

Reducing the Spread

Keeping safer during coronavirus is a community effort and we are all expected to do our part. Following the 4 protocols below, along with guidance from the CDC and public health officials, will help reduce the spread of COVID-19. A full list of UCLA’s policies, implementation, and compliance measures can be found on BruinSafe Online.


Wear a Face Covering in Public

UCLA, LA County, and the State of California require that face coverings that cover the nose, mouth, and chin be worn at all times in any shared spaces. The use of simple cloth face coverings can prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. To learn more about face coverings and the importance of washing them, visit the CDC’s face coverings page.


Wash Your Hands (the Right Way)

Public health officials recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or the frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing is not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and avoid contact with people who are sick.


Keep Your Distance

Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from others. If you are sick, stay home and do not travel or go to class or report to work. Wearing a face covering does not replace the need to follow physical distancing guidelines.


Practice Proper Etiquette

Cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid handshakes and hugs, and disinfect high touch surfaces. If you live in the residence halls, do not move furniture that has been placed according to physical distancing requirements. When in spaces where it is difficult to maintain a 6 foot distance, it is required that you wear a mask that covers your mouth, nose, and chin.

Visit the CDC website to learn more about how to protect yourself and others.

Shared Spaces

All shared spaces - residence halls, study spaces, campus buildings, public transportation- will have a reduced density or be closed in order to meet UCLA’s physical distancing guidelines. Gatherings are currently prohibited, but when permitted will be limited to a small number of individuals and students will be expected to follow the protocols outlined above.

Classrooms will be cleaned regularly and class sizes will be smaller to ensure that students are 6 feet apart. In addition, students attending in-person courses will be required to wipe down their desks and chairs in classrooms and study areas.


Elevators, stairwells, & entryways will have clearly marked signage. Please pay attention to all signage and floor demarcations to ensure that you are following proper physical distancing guidelines. When taking an elevator, follow all posted restrictions on the number of people permitted to ride. All riders are required to wear face coverings and should refrain from talking.


Other campus buildings such as study spaces and restaurants may be closed or will also have highly visible signage, modified hours, and limited seating capacities. For information on the status of campus buildings visit UCLA’s Service page.

Contact Tracing

Visiting shared spaces on campus increases your risk of coming into contact with someone who has COVID-19. Many people who have COVID-19 are asymptomatic and may not know that they are contagious. Because identifying instances of the virus is critical to reducing the spread, UCLA has implemented contact tracing protocols for the campus community. These protocols are most successful when the UCLA community participates in keeping our campus safer by reporting known or suspected illness as soon as possible.

If someone learns they have COVID-19 and the campus is notified, UCLA will reach out to any individual who has come into close contact with that person on campus. Further instructions will be provided at that time.

If you have symptoms or know that you had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, you need to call the Ashe COVID-19 Hotline as soon as possible to speak with a medical professional at 310-206-6217. Lines are open seven days a week.

Once you call the Ashe COVID-19 Hotline, a medical professional will explain your requirements for testing, quarantine, or isolation. All UCLA students can call the Ashe COVID hotline free of cost regardless of their medical provider. If Ashe is not your provider, but you would like to access services beyond the COVID hotline, the medical team can provide details on your options and how your costs will differ.

For more details on what to do if you, or someone you know gets sick, read the Symptoms, Testing and Treatment section of this guidebook.