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Workers' Compensation

Learn about UC San Diego Workers' Compensation Program for campus employees.

In the right place? This page is for campus-funded employees. Health System employees, please contact (619) 543-3200 for instructions.

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California Workers' Compensation (WC) laws require UC San Diego to provide workers' compensation benefits to employees who are injured or who develop an illness as a direct result of their employment. These laws determine who is eligible, when benefits begin, and what benefits to provide.


According to California Labor Code, eligibility for Workers' Compensation benefits is as follows:

  • All persons serving the university as employees may qualify for workers' compensation coverage through UC San Diego. Students (other than student employees) and employees of outside agencies do not qualify, even though the claimed injury may have occurred at UC San Diego.
  • An employer's liability for the provision of workers' compensation benefits exists for any injury arising out of and in the course of employment.

If you are not a campus employee, see Student Health Services.


If you have a work-related injury or illness, WC pays your medical bills and provides compensation to help replace your lost income until you can return to work. Potential benefits include:

  • Medical care to cure or relieve the effects of the industrial injury
  • Temporary disability payments to help replace lost wages
  • Permanent disability payments to compensate for a permanent disability
  • Supplemental job displacement voucher if you are unable to return to work  
  • Death benefit payments to dependents


For details on procedures relating to WC claims, benefits, and responsibilities for campus-funded employees, check the following guides:

Transitional Return to Work Program (TRTW)

TRTW returns employees to work following an occupational injury or illness as soon as possible. TRTW assignments allow employees with temporary, partial disabilities to transition back to work in a modified, alternative, or reduced-hours capacity for a defined period of time.

Required postings

Post these required WC documents on bulletin boards or in break rooms:

Additional Resources


Visit Risk Management Forms for other helpful documents.


Attend training presented by a Workers' Compensation specialist to learn more about managing workers' compensation issues for your department.

  • Incident Investigation for Work-related Injuries and Near-Misses
    Recommended for supervisors of employees who may be injured while working at their job. This course provides the basic information required to ensure that all work-related incidents are investigated.
  • Transitional Return to Work: Helping Mitigate Work-Related Injury Severity
    Recommended for anyone with employees who might suffer a work-related injury.

How to get training:


  • Campus-funded employees: (858) 822-2979 or 534-4785, Mail Code 0925
  • UC San Diego Medical Center-funded employees: (619) 543-3200, Mail Code 8912
  • Sedgwick CMS (formerly Octagon Risk Services): (858) 636-6200

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