UCLA announced revisions Monday to its fall class plans, including primarily remote courses prior to Thanksgiving, shifting to nearly completely online instruction after the holiday.
“With Los Angeles County experiencing a dramatic rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, we have found it necessary to adjust our plans to reduce the health risks to our campus community,” Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost Emily Carter wrote in an email to students and staff.
Under the plans announced Monday, about 8% of fall term courses will be offered in person or in a “hybrid” form, with the remaining classes held remotely. After Thanksgiving, all classes will shift to remote only, with limited exceptions approved by the provost’s office.
The only on-campus course activities will be lab, studio and clinical classes, along with select hands-on instruction that cannot be offered remotely.
The university plans to offer residence hall housing to about 5,000 students, with occupancy limited to one person per bedroom. Undergraduate apartments, meanwhile, will be limited to two students per bedroom, providing capacity for 1,500 students.
Buildings will be set aside for isolation of students who test positive for COVID-19, or quarantining of those who may have been exposed.
Dining facilities will be open for carry-out meals, according to the university.
Cloth face coverings will be required for anyone on campus, and daily symptom checks will be made on anyone coming to the campus or living in on-campus housing. Testing will be required for all students living in university housing or taking part in on-site courses, as well as for faculty, staff or teaching assistants.
“I recognize how challenging the past few months have been for so many in our community and am immensely grateful for the flexibility and resilience that you have shown throughout this time,” Carter wrote. “These are qualities that I hope we Bruins can continue to draw on as we enter a truly unique academic year.”
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