Engineering Phase 4 Research Restart

UCI’s Phase 4 permits all research activities and all types of invited visitors and guests to participate in or conduct Research Activities. Phase 4 modifies safety and mitigation requirements by eliminating the physical distancing requirement and modifying face covering requirements for vaccinated persons. All Approved PIs must follow or implement more restrictive safety protocols and protective measures than those required by UCI Executive Directives, public health directives and the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (CETS)

Summary of Phase 4 Rules

Phase 4 follows safety protocols and protective measures under the UCI Executive Directives, which includes the following:

  • Face Coverings and Social Distancing: All individuals on campus or at UCI health facilities will be required to wear a mask or face covering while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in an enclosed space. PIs (“Plan Owners”) are responsible to determine which Engineering research labs and offices under their sole jurisdiction should be considered “enclosed private space,” and how best to indicate at the entrance that it is private with only one person at a time.
  • Gatherings: All Gatherings are allowed on UCI property and individuals are responsible for adhering to policy related to face coverings/social distancing, COVID training, and daily health check-in.
  • Invited Visitors and Guests: There is no need for approved PIs to get approval for invited research visitors and guests, but must maintain a record (name and contact information) for contact tracing purposes.
  • Training for employees: All on-site employees are required to view a training video entitled “Returning to Campus,” which explains what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted, the steps we’re taking to reduce potential exposures, and what you can do to protect yourself and others. The video is available through the UC Learning Center and can be searched by title using the Find a Course function. PIs must ensure that each person in their lab completes the training prior to them coming to campus. Contact Christian Ritter ( if you need to lookanyone up in the UCLC transcripts or have questions about EH&S training in general.
  • Working Well Daily Health Check-in: Campus HR continues to run a Working Well Daily Heath Check-in process that will allow all UCI workforce to conduct daily check-ins prior to coming on Campus. If you have not received this already, more information found here:

SSOE Phase 4 Approval Process for Engineering PIs and Center Directors – June 22, 2021

Faculty PIs and SSOE Center Directors who plan to have personnel, including themselves, come to campus to do research in a laboratory or office setting or do allowable off-campus research must have Phase 2, 3 or 4 approval from SSOE. This approval is an agreement between the PI (“Plan Owner”) and SSOE Authorizing Official, Associate Dean Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, and it is the responsibility of the PI to ensure the safety and following of protocols by all personnel doing research under their supervision. For Phase 4 approval, please fill out the Phase 4 Authorization Form and submit to Lori Greene,, for approval routing.