UCLA plans for remote instruction in summer, reopening of campus in fall
UCLA is planning to offer most classes in person in the fall, but is not planning to offer triple-occupancy housing. (Ashley Kenney/Assistant Photo editor)
By Genesis Qu
Jan. 20, 2021 10:49 p.m.
This post was updated Jan. 24 at 6:56 p.m.
UCLA plans to offer remote classes during summer sessions and will likely reopen campus but not offer triple-occupancy housing in the fall, a university administrator said at a meeting with graduate students Wednesday.
Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck said at a Graduate Students Association Forum Wednesday that the university plans to continue remote instruction into summer sessions and hold primarily in-person classes but not offer triple-occupancy rooms in fall quarter. UCLA has not finalized its decision for summer and fall, he added.
In-person classes will also likely involve COVID-19 mitigation measures, like face coverings, he added.
UCLA anticipates that UCLA Housing will offer 75% of university housing capacity in the fall, Beck said.
John Bollard, chief of operations and chief financial officer at the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, said at the meeting that the broader student population may receive the COVID-19 vaccine in late April or early May if the students are not UCLA employees and do not have preexisting medical conditions.
Students who have preexisting medical conditions will be prioritized and may receive the vaccine sooner, Bollard said.
[Related link: UCLA announces its vaccination plan for faculty and staff]
Beck said he hopes to accelerate the vaccination timeline so students who live on or near campus can receive the vaccine before they leave at the end of spring quarter.
The Ashe Center will provide the vaccine to students, faculty and staff free of cost and will set up a distribution hub at the Ackerman Grand Ballroom, Bollard said.
“(Vaccination) is going to allow the campus to open sooner,” Bollard said. “The sooner we get people vaccinated, the sooner we’ll get back to normal.”