Symptom Monitoring

  • What is symptom monitoring and how is it triggered?
  • All academic, staff and student employees reporting to work at a UCLA-owned or -leased property (excluding healthcare locations), including David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health personnel who are not working in healthcare locations, are required to self-monitor for COVID-19. Consult the UCLA Requirements for COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring for more information.

    Additionally, monitoring will be triggered by exposure to or close contact with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 patient. CDC recommends twice-daily monitoring for the presence of fever or respiratory symptoms for 14 days from the last exposure. It is worth noting that low-risk exposure includes prolonged close contact, even if you are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Individuals considered close contacts with a positive COVID-19 individual may be placed in self-quarantine and asked to self-monitor for fever or respiratory symptoms. Visit CDC Watch for Symptoms COVID-19 webpage for details.

  • Is participation in UCLA's symptom monitoring system mandatory?

  • Yes, state and local public health orders require symptom monitoring. Please see the UCLA Requirements for COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring for more information about which employees are required to participate.

  • If I only work on campus a few days a week, do I need to enroll in symptom monitoring?

  • Yes. Employees who are coming to campus on a regular basis (partial or full time) should be completing the survey on those days they will be on campus. This ensures consistency for all employees working on university property.

  • I'm not going to the office on a regular basis. Is there a way to suspend the daily email reminders to complete the symptom monitoring survey?

  • Yes, the daily reminder email includes an "opt-out" link, which allows you to unsuscribe. 

    Note that you will need to resubscribe to the symptom monitoring survey to obtain a clearance certificate prior to any subsequent visit to campus.

  • If I am generally working remotely but I have to come into the office to pick up work materials, do I need to enroll in the symptom monitoring system?

  • No, you do not need to enroll for one quick visit; however, you should not visit campus for any reason if you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.

    If you are working on campus for any period of time, you need to complete the online survey on those days.

  • If I am working remotely away from University facilities, do I need to enroll in the symptom monitoring system?

  • No, employees working solely remotely do not need to participate.

  • Is symptom monitoring required for employees who work off-campus with external constituents? 

  • UCLA symptom monitoring is required for faculty, staff and students at all UCLA-owned or -leased properties, both on- and off-campus.

  • Are visitors on campus required to participate in symptom monitoring?

  • At this time non-essential visits to campus are discouraged. Essential visits should be scheduled in advance and visitors provided clear instructions about campus protocols and requirements.

    Non-UCLA affiliates who are invited to visit campus should symptom monitor per the Essential Visitor Protocol.

    Non-UCLA affiliates working or performing services on campus should follow the Third Party Contractor Protocol and complete the Survey prior to any visit to campus.

  • What should an employee do if she doesn't have access to internet at home and do not have a smart phone? How should I do the symptom monitoring?

  • The employee should do the self-monitoring at home prior to coming to campus using the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Monitoring Tracker for Home Personal Use (located in Appendix A)

    -If the employee has any symptoms, they should contact the UCLA Infectious Diseases Hotline at 310-267-3300 to report symptoms and follow all instructions on testing and isolation as directed.

    -If the employee does not have any symptoms, the employee should come to campus to complete the online survey from their work computer or department provided kiosk/tablet (provided that the individual does not have close contact with anyone until the survey is complete).

  • If I often have headaches but no other symptoms, how does the survey handle this? 

  • The survey lists COVID-19 related symptoms in alignment with CDC Guidelines. An individual who reports any of the symptoms will be directed to contact the hotline, at which point a medical professional will advise on next steps. The individual may be cleared to go to work/campus at that point, though, this determination will be made upon consultation with a medical professional via the hotline.

  • How does the survey validate that people are truthful about their symptoms?

  • The survey is an honor system which relies on the user to provide honest responses. Since this is required under public health order, there are processes within Campus Human Resources, Academic Senate, and Student Code of Conduct to address instances in which a dishonest response that poses unsafe conditions could be escalated. 

  • Will I be required to show my clearance certificate when I arrive on campus?

  • There are some areas on campus where departments have instituted clearance certificate checks upon arrival to campus/entry into a facility as a component of its public health mitigation practices. This is not a requirement for general campus more broadly at this time.

  • Why are some employees required to do on-site temperature checks in addition to the symptom monitoring survey at home?

  • Employer-administered temperature checks, while not mandated by County Order at this time, have been recommended for high-risk areas including healthcare workers, employees working in healthcare facilities, researchers performing COVID-19 research, and first responders.