- UC encourages COVID-19 vaccinations for university communities while reviewing policy requirements
- Campus plans for fall instruction released to date
- The University of California issues financial aid plans for second round of emergency grant funding for students (CRRSAA)
- UC plans for fall 2021 in-person instruction across its 10 campuses
The UC Merced academic year will begin as scheduled on Aug. 26 and will progress according to the established academic calendar until Thanksgiving, with the remainder of instruction delivered remotely through the end of the semester. Courses will be taught in a range of modes: remote, in-person and hybrid — with an overall mixture of in-person and online delivery. The blend of in-person and distance will vary by size and kind, with programs deciding on how best to use valuable in-person learning experiences. The aim is for 20 to 30 percent of overall instruction to be in-person.
Read more from Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom: UC Merced's Fall 2020 instruction and student housing update.
UC Irvine is committed to ensuring timely progress to degree for all students. All academic units are developing comprehensive plans that are flexible enough to handle the uncertainty associated with the pandemic and provide the courses students need, independent of the mode of delivery.
Almost all undergraduate courses will be delivered in a remote format in the fall quarter. A few exceptions are being evaluated, and consist of specialized upper-division labs, specific clinical and experiential courses, and some design courses in engineering. Details on these exceptions will be shared as they are finalized.
Learn more about UC Irvine's plans for the 2020-21 academic year.
The University of California announced June 3 the distribution of $2 million in seed funding for important research across the state aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19, particularly among those at greater risk for infection and adverse outcomes. UC awarded the funds to support rapid-response, high-impact research in vaccines, therapeutics, clinical management, epidemiology and other COVID-19 related areas.
As all UC campuses are actively engaged in scenario planning for the fall term, with decisions to come as soon as mid-June, the Board of Regents adopted the “Principles for Responsible Operation of University Locations in Light of the SARS-COV-2 Pandemic (PDF).” The standards include a testing plan, a contact tracing plan, and a quarantine and isolation plan. Once they have satisfied these standards, campuses can consider how to best approach their comprehensive plans for the fall.
UC Office of the President has issued a summary of the funds UC campuses received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for emergency aid to students, and provided guidance to campuses on its use. The CARES Act mandates that at least 50 percent of funds be used to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
Campus leaders offer an update on their ongoing planning and lay out three scenarios for fall semester operations.
The Ready to Learn program makes COVID-19 testing available to thousands of students in effort to track the novel coronavirus and better position the campus to resume in-person activities in the fall.
UC San Francisco is launching a workforce training and technical assistance program on Thursday, May 6, 2020, in partnership with the California Department of Public Health, to facilitate the training of thousands of individuals across the state in public health techniques and strategies, including contact tracing, case investigation and administration, to limit the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The move represents the next stage of the state’s effort to bring the COVID-19 epidemic under control and prepare the communities for a safe emergence from shelter in place.