COVID-19 Community Updates

UC Hastings Law follows guidance provided by local, state, and federal health officials while working in close collaboration with the emergency management teams of local and state peer schools to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and continually identify effective responses. We report confirmed cases of COVID-19 to local public health officials. 

To protect our campus community, UC Hastings Law has mandated that all in our community, including visitors to the campus, must have acquired full immunity with the COVID-19 vaccine. With verification of compliance with the mandatory vaccination policy, the College reopened the UC Hastings Law campus to full capacity on July 29, 2021, with limited exceptions. Faculty, staff, students, contract personnel, vendors, and others in our campus community who are vaccinated have full access to our campus buildings. Unvaccinated individuals who have received authorization to be on campus via a medical or religious exemption must comply with precautions outlined in Section IV of the COVID-19 Prevention Program.

Visitors to campus are permitted if they have authorization to be there in the form of a specific invite, meeting, or event. General public visitors and those wishing to visit a specific department or individual unannounced will not be permitted to access campus without verifying with the department or individual at the time of the visit. While some departments and individuals are receiving unannounced visitors, others are not. We suggest you contact the group or individual you plan to visit in advance to ensure that you will be able to visit the campus.

Everyone entering campus buildings must be vaccinated for COVID-19 with the ability to provide proof of vaccination (including a booster, if eligible) or have a valid medical or religious exemption with the willingness to comply with all of the College’s COVID-19 mitigation measures for unvaccinated individuals. Additionally, everyone must present their photo identification to the security officer, wear a face covering, complete a symptoms questionnaire if a visitor, and follow the College’s COVID-19 Prevention Program. The College maintains a comprehensive internal website with more COVID-19 information available for the campus community here. For more information on our hours of operation, please visit our Building Access and Hours page here. 

The library is open for communal studying, while continuing to provide study room spaces, for the internal population. General public and visitors remain prohibited at this time to ensure available space for our internal campus community. The general public and visitors should consult the library’s website for more information on services and updates to the library access policy.

For specific information about campus access and activities, please see below. 

  • Academic classes and programs will resume in-person operations at the start of the fall semester. 
  • Campus events will resume in-person without specific authorization or advance approval outside of the normal events reservation processes outlined in the College’s Space Reservation policy on August 2, 2021. 
  • The Tower at 100 McAllister, with student apartments, remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for residents, their guests, and essential support personnel. The fitness center will resume operations at normal capacity; however, it is available only to our internal campus community including faculty, staff, students, and recent graduates studying for the Bar. It is not available to public visitors. 
  • Other than Tower residents accessing their own apartments, no one who has symptoms associated with COVID-19 or has interacted with a person who has—or is believed to have—COVID-19, is permitted to enter a campus building. 
  • UC Hastings leaders update the internal community frequently, via all-inclusive and group-specific emails and informational postings on MyHastings. 

Learn more about what is permitted in California by reading the state’s most current guidelines here.

UC Hastings reports all known and suspected COVID-19 cases pursuant to AB 685 – California Labor Code § 6409.6, and Title 8 California Code of Regulations § 3205(c)(3)(B)(3). The table on our Potential Campus Exposure Reporting page contains information regarding known and suspected COVID-19 cases present at UC Hastings worksites, including the building name and dates during their infection period.

Contact Information

Type of Coronavirus-Related Question Point of Contact
Confirmed or suspected positive employee cases.
Chief Human Resources Officer Andrew Scott (
Curriculum, classrooms, exams, or faculty illness Academic Dean Morris Ratner (
Individual students or Academic Regulations Assistant Dean of Students Grace Hum (
Classroom or Distance Education Technology Associate Dean Library and Technology Camilla Tubbs (
Media inquiries Chief Communications Officer Elizabeth Moore

Contact Asst. Chancellor & Dean/Chief of Staff Jenny Kwon, Chief Human Resources Officer Andrew Scott, and General Counsel John DiPaolo with other COVID policy or CDC guidance questions/ concerns.

Letter of Gratitude from Chancellor and Dean David Faigman

Archived UC Hastings Community Updates

CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Additional Resources
UC Hastings Law Health and Safety Plan
Guide for Returning to the Workplace
CDC – COVID-19 Website
Optum COVID-19 Mental health tips during a quarantine
Optum COVID-19 Tips to help children during a quarantine
UCH Symptom Self Monitoring Form
UCH Pandemic Response Plan

COVID-19 Legal Perspectives & Information from UC Hastings Law Professors
Law and the Pandemic Podcast

More information on MyHastings