UCLA will further curtail its plans for in-person instruction for the fall quarter and greatly reduce the amount of student housing offered, in accordance with directives issued last week by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, campus leaders announced today.
UCLA will be moving to remote-only instruction, with the exception of a small handful of in-person or hybrid courses necessary to train students for essential workforce positions. On-campus housing will be restricted primarily to those students who have no alternative housing options and are affected by other difficulties. The changes, based on the new county health guidance and the recommendations of UCLA’s COVID-19 Future Planning Task Force, replace the plans for fall that were announced on Aug. 3.
“I am sure you share in my disappointment at our inability to bring more students back to campus,” Emily Carter, executive vice chancellor and provost, wrote in an Aug. 21 email to the UCLA community. “At the same time, the virus continues to pose a significant threat and mitigating health risks to our community must always be our overriding concern in any decision we make. We knew that this outcome was a possibility and have been preparing for it: Across the institution, we will continue to ensure that our students can make progress towards their degrees and that we provide the highest quality educational and co-curricular experience we can during a fall term unlike any other.”
Per county guidelines, in-person and hybrid instruction now will be restricted to required, advanced courses that provide training for students preparing for essential workforce jobs, and which cannot be conducted remotely. These include certain classes in health and medicine, emergency services, social work, the sciences and engineering. All other courses will be delivered remotely.
UCLA offers several programs that can help with purchasing or borrowing laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other devices, which can be found at Bruin Resources and Tools. Any student facing financial hardship can reach out to UCLA’s Economic Crisis Response Team for assistance.
Under the new county health directives, universities including UCLA must limit on-campus housing to:
- Students who have no alternative housing options and whose current housing does not provide a safe and appropriate environment or does not provide sufficient ADA accommodations;
- Student-athletes participating in on-campus training and conditioning; and
- Students enrolled in the aforementioned in-person or hybrid courses who do not have alternative local housing options.
Students with current housing contracts soon will be receiving letters from housing staff to assess whether they fall into any of those categories; those who do not will be notified of the cancellation of their contract and receive a refund of fees paid. Further information is available on UCLA Housing’s COVID-19 information page.