UCLA plans to offer triple capacity housing, some in-person courses in fall
With the recent decline in COVID-19 cases in LA County, UCLA is planning to offer triple-capacity rooms, administrators announced Monday. (David Rimer/Daily Bruin staff)
May 17, 2021 11:37 a.m.
This post was updated May 23 at 5:30 p.m.
UCLA is planning to offer triple-capacity rooms in fall on-campus housing to accommodate a higher number of students, administrators announced Monday.
With the recent decline in COVID-19 cases and increased vaccination rates, Chancellor Gene Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter said in a campuswide email Monday that under the updated housing capacity, UCLA will be able to offer more housing options to foster youth, veterans and second-year students, including second-year transfer students.
Previously, the priority groups for on-campus housing included incoming freshmen, sophomores, first-year transfer students and students with an institutional need, according to an April 2 announcement.
UCLA administration announced at an April 26 town hall that it plans to require that students and employees are vaccinated to return to campus, but because of the emergency authorization of the COVID-19 vaccines, the administration cannot mandate it yet.
Los Angeles County moved to the yellow tier, the least restrictive tier of California’s reopening plan, May 4. LA County has maintained yellow-tier thresholds, which include having a COVID-19 positivity rate of under 0.9%. As of May 7, 50.5% of Westwood Village residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
UCLA also expects to offer about 80% of courses in person in the fall, with the exception of large lecture classes, which will likely be held remotely, according to the email Monday. Previously, administrators estimated that 70% to 80% of classes would be held in person.
Block and Carter said while the university plans to ensure that every student is able to attend some in-person classes, students unable to return to campus can access some courses remotely.
“Returning to campus, including a vibrant and exciting move-in day for those living at UCLA, will serve as an important milestone in our emergence from this pandemic,” Block and Carter said in the email.