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Information for University Volunteers

Updated Feb. 23, 2022

These volunteer guidelines are for departments who host volunteers whose service brings them in contact with other people. 

Volunteers must be compliant with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, which means they must be fully vaccinated and 'Up To Date' on all recommended boosters.

  • Learn more about how our campus defines volunteers.
  • Volunteer appointments without salary are utilized when an individual volunteers assistance or services directly and under the supervision of the university without promise or expectation of compensation. Read more.
Volunteers Must Show Proof of Vaccination Compliance

Self-attestation is not an option. Vaccination records will not be retained, however the department may choose to keep a checklist of a volunteer's status in compliance with campus policy.

  • Acceptable forms of proof include:
    • An original Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination card, or a translated international vaccine record.
    • Photocopy of the card
    • Photo of the card on a mobile device
    • Digital COVID-19 vaccination record from the State of California with a QR code. (Applicable if you received your vaccination in the State of California. Learn more.)

Testing Requirement for Some Volunteers

Unvaccinated volunteers and those that are NOT ‘Up To Date’ with COVID-19 vaccinations must show a negative COVID-19 test result from the last 72 hours.

  • Test must be a lab/PCR test. Home tests/antigen tests are not valid. If offered and proctored by the host department, on-site antigen tests are acceptable.
  •  If volunteer service occurs on a weekly basis, providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test at least every four days is acceptable. 

All Volunteers

Volunteers who do not meet these guidelines must be asked to leave.