Written and compiled by DTEI Grad Fellows

Ian Baran, Morgan Coburn, Helen Meskhidze, and Anat Schwartz

Send questions, comments, corrections to dtei@uci.edu

This document has links to a selection of resources, some created by the DTEI grad fellows and others created by UCI units and published sources. This page reflects the most up-to-date information as of September 10, 2021. Click through the individual links for more recent information. To share this link, please use this link: https://bit.ly/UCISR.

Table of Contents

COVID-related resources and updates
Returning to a hybrid campus for AY 2021-2022
Biological Sciences
Mental health and accessibility resources for AY 2021-2022
General resources for students for AY 2021-2022
COVID guidelines for international students

UCI resources:

Orange County resources:

Returning to a hybrid campus for AY 2021-2022

UCI Study Center – open with limited hours

  • Study spaces will be available in Langson Library, the Multimedia Resources Center, and the Libraries Gateway Study Center. Reservations for study rooms can be made through the Study Space Locator.
  • Outdoor study areas across campus, including a study tent at the Gateway Plaza, remain open. The study tent offers Wi-Fi, outdoor furniture, charging stations, and physically distanced seating. No reservations are needed.
  • Limited study spaces will be available by appointment in the Multimedia Resources Center and the Libraries Gateway Study Center. Students will be able to reserve specific study seats, including some private rooms and computer workstations, for 3-hour blocks of time in the morning and afternoon. Printing will also be available. The buildings will close at midday to allow extra cleaning.

UCI Libraries

  • Langson Library is open with limited hours. Science Library remains closed until September 13, 2021 due to ongoing renovations.
  • Students will be able to reserve specific study seats, including some private rooms and computer workstations, for 3-hour blocks of time in the morning and afternoon. Printing will also be available. The buildings will close at midday to allow extra cleaning. Three new services will be offered:
    • Curbside drop box for returning library books – accessible from East Peltason Drive near the Student Health Center
    • A one-button studio in the Multimedia Resources Center that provides a simplified process for recording video presentations and podcasts
    • Laptops, iPads, and other equipment to borrow from the Multimedia Resources Center.
  • Students also have remote access to Library Services and Collections
  • Expert subject librarians are available to assist remotely with virtual research workshops and discipline-related research questions.

Campus Food Services 

  • Campus Dining 
    • Students with green ZotPasses* will be welcomed to dine in at both dining halls. Tables will be sanitized after every use. Take-out options will still be available.
      • *A green ZotPass, which ensures student compliance with the daily symptom check and weekly asymptomatic testing for campus residents, is now required for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. 
  • Retail Dining
    • Panda Express and Starbucks at both Biological Sciences and the Med Ed Café will be open and available for take-out only.

UCI Basic Needs

  • “Due to recent COVID-19 developments, please refer to this page for frequent updates regarding our hours of operation, services, and procedures for the FRESH Basic Needs Hub’s services. Please also note that our pantry distribution processes have been temporarily modified to align with COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines.”

Student Housing

  • “​​Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus housing guarantees for undergraduates will not be in effect for the 2021-22 academic year. Undergraduate Housing will be offered as space allows in standard room types (singles, doubles, triples and tower quads). Information on campus policies and behavioral expectations for Fall 2021 are still being finalized. Two policies that students should take note of are (1) the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, and (2) the policy on Universal Masking/Face Covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in an enclosed space.” For updates, see here
  • For students given an on-campus housing offer: Move-in assignments will be emailed to students in early-September with move-in dates ranging from Sept 16-19. Fall 2021 Move-in Guides will be posted here by September 1st. See here for updated information. 

Anteater Shuttle 

  • “All Anteater Express lines during the Fall 2021 Quarter will focus specifically on on-campus and east campus housing routes.”
  • “All self-pay and off-campus routes will remain suspended/offline for the Fall 2021 Quarter.” 

UCI Student Center

  • The UCI Student Center’s East Food Court and Terrace Lounge are open for students to study on campus. Visit Book Smart online to learn more.
  • The UPS store is open and offering a variety of services. Please see the Student Center website for details

Anteater Recreation Center

  • Currently operating (masks required) with 3 zones: “main gym, fitness lab, pool.” F45 and Yoga classes can be reserved 24 hours before the class.

The Hill

Parking Information

Mail Services

  • Mail collection and delivery on campus continues to be limited. Schedules may be updated as the campus response to COVID-19 is reevaluated.
  • Departments may drop off their outgoing mail at the North Campus Mail Processing Center between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Those with a valid UCI ID may retrieve their incoming mail from the Mail Processing Center between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Biological Sciences

Lab Courses:

  • Whether or not lab classes are online, in-person, or hybrid are largely up to the instructor. Many are opting for a hybrid arrangement, where half of the students will attend one session and the other half will attend another. Those that are not in-person will livestream the lab, with everyone switching each session. It’s best to keep an eye out for announcements from faculty or email the professor teaching the course.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

  • Although many labs have modified schedules during these times, you can still reach out and take advantage of research opportunities as a 199 student!
  • Volunteering in Labs/Bio199 students:
    • At UCI, one way to gain more research experience and earn credits for it is the Bio199 Program. 
    • Students must:
      • Complete Bio Sci 194s OR the 3 UCLC modules.
      • Find a Faculty Mentor that is in the Bio Sci 199 program.
    • List of faculty in UCI School of BioSci: http://apps.bio.uci.edu/bio199/faculty/list
    • Follow the link 199 student packets/checklist: http://apps.bio.uci.edu/bio199/student/dashboard 
    • Tips:
      • Email your professor (and don’t be afraid to do it multiple times! Professors can receive hundreds of emails a day and sometimes emails slip through the cracks.)
      • Email or talk to one of your TAs. TAs are usually Graduate Students working on their own research and often are looking for someone to mentor and help with their projects.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
    • UROP is an excellent way for students of ANY discipline to find research opportunities on and off campus. Set yourself up for success by following the link and attending a UROP Workshop (a recording can be found here)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
    • Another great way to get more experience with research is applying to Summer Undergraduate Research Programs, UCI has an excellent one but universities around the country have different similar programs! You can find a directory of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) from around the US here (some are even funded!): https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp 

Details on SURP and other UCI Undergraduate Research Proposals can be found here: https://urop.uci.edu/opportunities/urop-opportunities/

Mental health and accessibility resources for AY 2021-2022

Disability services 

  • DSC staff, services, and support continue to be available remotely, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday. The DSC Office Trailer is closed and Ring Road Rides will not operate again until further notice. You can connect with us at 949-824-7494 or email dsc@uci.edu.


Racism, self-care and care-giving

The pandemic and COVID-19 have brought a great deal of uncertainty to our lives, along with potential for misinformation that can be harmful or destructive to our campus and communities. We hope you will work to intervene when you encounter discriminatory behaviors, hateful comments, and acts on social media. #StopAsianHate

Please note that these resources are available at your discretion. For health and wellness counseling through UCI or your UCI health insurance, please visit the Wellness, health, and counseling services and Student health services.

General resources for students for AY 2021-2022

Below are tips and resources for students in AY 2021-2022. These include UCI-specific resources and general information. 

Finances: textbooks 

Textbooks can be pricey and instructors don’t always realize the financial burden you may be facing. Here are some suggestions if you find yourself struggling to access the required materials for the class. 

  • Alternative purchase options: 
    • Buy a used copy of the textbook online. Some websites (e.g., bookfinder) search through various places used copies are sold and price compare for you.
    • Consider renting the book. Sometimes the cheapest option is to rent an e-copy through the book publisher! Check their sites to see prices. E.g.: University of Chicago Press and Cengage
    • This browser extension integrates with the school’s bookstore website and shows cheaper online alternatives.
    • Ask your instructor whether it’s possible to use an older edition of the textbook as these are typically much less expensive. 
  • UCI resources: 
    • Check if the library has a copy (or a digital copy).
    • UCI has a book loan program. Check the catalog here. Is your book not on the list? You can submit recommendations for books to add here
    • Check the UCI sale groups (FB 1, FB 2, Reddit) to see if anyone is selling a copy of the book you need. Other UCI purchasing groups listed here.
  • Other suggestions: 
    • Get creative: look online for pdf options. 
    • Consider splitting the cost of the textbook with a friend in the class. 
    • Remember, you’re not alone in this! Ask your peers what they’re doing. Reach out to your TAs/instructor to see if they have any suggestions.

Skills: Note taking

  • Here are links to tips for note taking. Source 1, Source 2, Source 3
  • Create an organizational structure that works best for you and be consistent.  Whether you are taking a class online or in-person, make sure you take notes in a way that will serve you best throughout the quarter. This means making sure that if you write in shorthand or copy the instructor word-for-word (not recommended), that you will go back and read and understand the notes you took. 

Communicating effectively with your instructors (adapted from CSUF)

  • Please remain flexible during this time. Courses are shifting from online back to a hybrid or in-person setting. This means that there might be some uncertainties in the syllabus or during the quarter. With that said, make sure you clarify questions with the instructor or the teaching assistant to ensure you understand what is expected of you. 
  • Below are a few suggestions on how to communicate with your instructors during COVID-19. These tips are not vastly different from pre-COVID times, with the caveat that your instructors may have more particular instructions in their syllabi. Always make sure to read your syllabus before contacting the instructor.
    • Explain your situation: You may need to reach out to your instructors for a variety of reasons, regarding COVID, your health, or other reasons. This does not mean you need to divulge any personal information, rather it is important that you reach out to your instructor as early as possible to let them know you may have unforeseen circumstances. Professors are here to support you even if the class is virtual. Letting your instructor know as soon as possible will enable them to be more flexible with possible accommodations.
    • In case of COVID symptoms or suspected exposure: 
      • Self-quarantine/isolate and follow UCI guidelines. 
      • Make sure you complete the daily symptom checks
      • Report the case to the Student Health Center at 949-824-5304 or use this link and follow your physician’s instructions. 
      • Please email your instructors and let them know as soon as possible, especially if you tested positive while on campus. 
      • The COVID helpline is x49918 or 949-824-9918.
      • Know how to email: Read over the course syllabus. Many instructors include a section on how to address them, email format, etc. Use proper etiquette when communicating with your instructors. Begin with an introductory statement (your instructor may have several classes/sections), and follow up with your inquiry followed by a polite closing. 
    • Time zones: Many students may still be traveling or out of state and in a different time zone. If you are one of these students, it is important that you tell your instructors so they may accommodate or figure out alternative assignments or asynchronous options. 
    • Check in with yourself and others: During these trying times, it is more important than ever to check with yourself, your classmates, and your instructors. Please see further information regarding mental health here, or check in with the UCI wellness health and counseling center for further resources. 

Managing stress and anxiety 

In line with the social isolation effort to help flatten the COVID-19 curve throughout the state of California, UCI closed its campus last year and through Summer 2021 for the safety of its faculty, staff, and students. However, this forced students to leave their campus community, friends, classes, and familiar routines. While many students may be happy to reconnect with family again, some have returned to precarious households, others to an empty fridge, and others to no home at all. Coursework was quickly transitioned to online for the remainder of the year. Much-anticipated culminating end of the year events, including commencement ceremonies, have been canceled. Many students have lost their on-campus or local jobs, and likewise, the job search for seniors has been severely disrupted. With the return to in-person and hybrid instruction during AY 2021-2022, there is a hope that with mandatory vaccinations, close tracing of COVID symptoms, and monitoring, that life on campus can resume. These are certainly new experiences for everyone on campus, and may be especially challenging for students. Below are some tips and suggestions, as well as links from the UCI counseling center. If you or a friend are struggling with mental health, feel lethargic, and find daily tasks challenging, please contact the counseling center or your healthcare provider for more assistance. There is no shame or stigma in asking for help.

Tips for students: 

  • Know that it is okay to feel how you are feeling. It is normal during this time to experience feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety, or all of the above. You are allowed to feel this way and to communicate with others how you are feeling. It is also okay to sit with these emotions. If these feelings worsen to the extent that you are no longer able to function like your normal self, reach out to one of the resources listed below for additional support. 
  • Maintain a routine. Start your day at about the same time each day. Set a goal for coursework to be completed for each morning and afternoon. Maintain adequate nutrition by eating three healthy meals per day; now is a great time to try new recipes! Try to get in at least one physical activity each day. It is very good for your mental health to get some fresh air and go on a walk, run, or bike ride. 
  • Practice good sleep hygiene. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. The goal should be 7-9 hours per night. Limit screen time in the evening, and avoid caffeine starting in the afternoon. 
  • Connect with others. It is easy to quickly feel lonely and secluded from others during this period. Make an effort to stay socially connected by engaging in regular video or phone calls with friends and family. 
  • Take a break. Take time for yourself each day. Step away from the news and from your coursework to do something you enjoy and that you find relaxing or rejuvenating.


Resources for students:

COVID guidelines for international students 

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID procedures and guidelines, please visit the UCI International Center homepage.