The University of California is vigilantly monitoring and responding to new information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has been declared a global health emergency.

2:52 pm    August 31, 2020

UC Santa Barbara: COVID-19 update: Fall instruction and campus housing

In order to comply with Santa Barbara County, California Department of Public Health, and University of California guidelines, UC Santa Barbara has decided to offer nearly all undergraduate fall courses via remote instruction, and to limit undergraduate student housing for fall quarter to only those students with special circumstances. UC Santa Barbara recommends that all other undergraduate students stay home to receive remote instruction. Full refunds will be offered to undergraduates for fall housing contracts. These contracts will be honored in winter quarter or whenever UC Santa Barbara is able to have undergraduate students move in.

Read the full letter from Chancellor Yang here.

2:44 pm    July 22, 2020

Update: UC Berkeley to begin fall semester with remote instruction due to current public health conditions

Given the increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the county, state and local community, as well as it being unlikely that there will be a dramatic reversal in the public health situation before fall semester instruction begins on Aug. 26, UC Berkeley has made the difficult decision to begin the fall semester with fully remote instruction. However, the campus continues preparations to implement hybrid and/or flexible modes of instruction as soon as public health conditions allow.

Read more: UC Berkeley to begin fall semester with remote instruction

2:15 pm    July 22, 2020

UC Berkeley campus, going remote, provides $4.6 million in tech to students in need

With the fall 2020 semester now beginning remotely, a new UC Berkeley program that a campus official calls an example of ‘Berkeley at its finest,’ is providing an extraordinary $4.6 million in support for students who will attend class, do assignments and take tests from home — but who lack reliable laptops, Wi-Fi and other technology.

Some 3,300 laptops and 800 Wi-Fi hot spots will be among the loaner equipment sent, starting in August, to applicants who meet the requirements of the new Student Technology Equity Program (STEP).

Read the full article: Campus, going remote, provides $4.6 million in tech to students in need

4:21 pm    June 29, 2020

UC San Diego Return to Learn fall plan website

In preparing for the fall 2020 quarter, UC San Diego plans to welcome back students, faculty and staff through an incremental repopulation of campus beginning this summer. The plan is designed to be flexible and offers the university the ability to respond quickly should state and county public health guidelines change. Read more on the UC San Diego Return to Learn website, which covers campus safety, pilot program results, instructions for faculty and students and more. Find details specific to the fall 2020 plan here.

1:29 pm    June 18, 2020

UC Santa Barbara COVID-19 update: Fall planning

Campus officials provide an update on plans to reopen in the fall. 

“For the fall quarter, we are planning a curriculum that includes some face-to-face courses, and courses with a mixture of remote instruction and some face-to-face components, subject to the availability of COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and the approval of state and local public health officials,” they write.

Read the full letter for more information.