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MRL COVID-19 Operations

October 2022
The information below is out of date and being replaced by the UC Santa Barbara COVID Campus Updates.
PREVIOUS GUIDELINES as of November 2021
The links below provide information and resources on MRL COVID operations for researchers seeking access to the Materials Research Laboratory. 
Materials Research Laboratory Access
The MRL laboratories will be open by key-card access for approved workers only. Prior to entry, please read the MRL Building Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which contains important information regarding the preconditions for campus work, and complete all of the requirements listed below. 
If you had access to the MRL building pre-COVID, complete all the requirements below to regain MRL building access. If you have never had access to the MRL building, please contact the appropriate PI(s) or Facility Manager(s) for the lab's specific and department specific pre-COVID access requirements, and do this before requesting physical laboratory access. Then complete all of the COVID access requirements outlined below and confirm that you have MRL door access with Sylvia Vogel, sylvia [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
MRL COVID Laboratory Access Requirements:
  • Please read the MRL Building Plan SOP
  • Self-enroll in UCSB's Daily COVID-19 Screening Enrollment. You must have a UCSBnetID to self-enroll. Or - if you're a short term visitor without a UCSBnetID, each day you are on campus, you must fill out the On Demand screening survey.
  • Rapid Response Mailing List - Sign up to this Google Group Mailing list so critical information can be relayed quickly to anyone with access to the MRL.  Groups Instructions: HERE
  • We recommend that you request a Slack channel invitation from the Lab Manager or safety delegate who you will work with.

MRL COVID Office Access Requirements: Please click here for detailed instructions and guidelines on how to request access to your MRL office.

UCSB COVID-19 Testing Program
UCSB has an asymptomatic COVID testing program in place on campus. Weekly testing is highly recommended for all faculty, staff and researchers who are regularly on campus. Appointments are booked by logging in with your netID here. FAQs on the program are available here. For information on other testing resources in the community, please visit here.
Questions & Feedback
For special access requests, questions regarding processes or policy, or other MRL building information, please contact mrlbuilding [at] mrl [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.
The MRL has an anonymous form for anyone to report concerns.  The link is
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