UCLA Samueli COVID-19 Information

This webpage is designed to answer frequently asked questions from students, faculty and staff at UCLA Samueli School of Engineering regarding the impacts of COVID-19. We will update the page as quickly as possible when new information becomes available. This page was last updated on Nov. 15, 2021. For real-time updates from the university, please visit UCLA COVID-19 and vaccine resources.

University Status:

Q: Are fall quarter courses being offered remotely or in person?

A: With public health restrictions being rolled back and COVID-19 vaccinations continuing to progress, UCLA is offering a substantial in-person learning experience in the fall.

  • Close to 80% of courses are offered in person, as well as most labs.
  • Large lectures are primarily being conducted remotely, with corresponding discussion sections held primarily in person.

Our expectation is that every student will receive at least some in-person instruction. For those unable return to campus at this time, there are still a number of remote courses available to support continued progress toward their degree.

Based on public health guidance, adjustments could be made to classroom density or enrollment limits for in-person instruction. While we do not believe it will be needed, the campus will develop a contingency plan to reduce in-person learning and other activities should that become necessary.

Q: Will the university be requiring that all students and community members get vaccinated for COVID-19?

A: All UCLA students and personnel, including non-degree educational program participants on campus, are required to be fully vaccinated. Narrow exemptions and exceptions will be allowed based on medical, religious and disability grounds, along with deferrals due to pregnancy.

Visit UCLA’s Return to Campus website for the latest information.

Q: What happens if I have to miss a class or an exam?

A: UCLA faculty members are committed to accommodating students who cannot be in class due to isolation and quarantine protocols or because they haven’t been cleared by the Symptom Monitoring Survey through video or audio streaming or recordings, makeup assignments and assessments, alternative projects or other means. Instructors have been informed that students’ absences due to isolation or quarantining or a failure to clear the daily symptom check should not factor into any attendance component of students’ final grade.

Students needing to isolate or quarantine are encouraged to notify their course instructors as soon as possible and explain their circumstances. If an instructor requires a medical note, students can visit the Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center’s patient portal, and select the medical excuse option under “Messages.”

Students who are significantly sick with COVID-19 may qualify as being temporarily disabled and receive support from the Center for Accessible Education following an interactive process with the instructor.

Q: What is UCLA doing to address concerns from students with disabilities who need remote access to classes?

A: Students who are immunocompromised, have disabilities or special medical circumstances that make them more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 may seek reasonable academic adjustments by:

  • Contacting the UCLA Center for Accessible Education (CAE), which will review requests from students to reorder course sequences for their health and safety, seeking to ensure that immunocompromised and other students do not lose opportunities to take required courses in a timely way.
  • Requesting notes from CAE, which is assigning notetakers to attend in-person classes and provide notes and/or individual recordings of the lectures for those students who have been granted accommodations.
Q: How is UCLA handling the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force has been hosting a series of virtual town halls to update faculty, staff and students on the progress of UCLA Health’s vaccination distribution process. To stay updated on vaccine-related developments including booster shots, please visit the UCLA COVID-19 Vaccine Information Hub.

Q: Will the university be requiring that all students and community members get the flu vaccine?

A: Yes. UCLA is requiring all students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff learning, living or working at UC locations to get their flu vaccines by Nov. 19, 2021. Students who are noncompliant are subject to an academic hold. Information about where to find vaccination sites, how to schedule a vaccine and insurance coverage can be found here. UCLA had previously required flu vaccines by Nov. 1, but the deadline was extended to Nov. 19.

Those who file for an exception will be required to wear face masks on campus through the end of flu season even if COVID-19 protocols are lifted.
To document your vaccine or to file for an exception, please do the following:

  1. Navigate to the UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System.
  2. Click the green “Flu Vaccine Verification” button at the top of the page.
  3. Select your UCLA affiliation.
  4. Enter your Single Sign-On login credentials and follow the prompts.
Q: What does proof of vaccination for COVID-19 mean at UCLA?

A: Proof of “full vaccination” requires a government-issued photo identification AND one of the following: a vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine received and date last dose administered) OR a photo of the attendee’s vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the attendee’s vaccination card. The event location manager or ticket taker at the entrance should request proof of full vaccination be shown prior to entry. However, such records will not be collected or stored and no further inquiries are permitted about vaccination status or lack thereof.

People who do not have clearance may be asked to leave or denied entry to an event. Students who are not in compliance with policy may be referred to the Dean of Students Office for the Student Conduct Process.

Beginning Nov. 4, for all people age 18 and over, UCLA will require proof of vaccination and a valid ID or a negative test result and an approved medical or religious exemption in order to enter the locations listed here. UCLA students and staff can present the clearance they receive from their daily COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Survey via the UCLA Mobile app. The email version of the symptom survey clearance confirmation will not be accepted.

Q: What are UCLA's COVID testing requirements?

A: In alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, regular COVID-19 surveillance testing will no longer be required for fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who are living, learning or working on campus although they are highly encouraged to test at least once per week. (Fully vaccinated individuals are those who are 14 days past having received their final dose of a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.)

Unvaccinated individuals working, learning or living on campus or other UCLA property are required to participate in twice-weekly testing.

More information is available on the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing website and community screening FAQ page.

Beginning July 12, 2021, saliva swab tests are being offered by Swab-Seq, a COVID-19 detection method developed by a team affiliated with UCLA Engineering’s Computational Medicine Department and the David Geffen School of Medicine. Up to two tests per week are available to active BruinCard holders at no charge up to two tests a week through vending machines at roughly a dozen locations on campus. UCLA will continue to operate at least one in-person testing site at 300 Bradley Hall for those needing assistance or further accommodation. Additional information is available on the UCLA Ashe Center’s COVID-19 testing website.

The mobile testing unit operated by the UCLA Ashe Center was discontinued June 11, 2021.

Q: Is daily symptom reporting required?

A: Daily symptom checks are currently required for students, faculty, staff (including UCLA Health employees) and others (including visitors, guest lecturers and laboratory volunteers) who are living, learning or working on campus or at other UCLA properties, regardless of their vaccination status.

Take the symptom monitoring survey

The survey, which can be completed on a smartphone, tablet or computer, should take no more than five minutes. Individuals will need to receive a daily clearance certificate from the survey.

The UCLA Mobile app, which is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store, now includes access to the Symptom Monitoring System.

Q: Can in-person organized events be held on campus?

A: The temporary protocol for a safer resumption of indoor and outdoor organized events on the UCLA campus was posted on Oct. 5, 2021 and is in effect until at least Dec. 1, 2021.

Meetings, receptions, conferences and colloquia are allowed on campus in alignment with guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

At indoor events, face masks are required, regardless of vaccination status or the size of the event. All individuals at indoor events with 1,000 or more attendees are also required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

At outdoor events with more than 1,000 attendees, face masks are required for all individuals, except when they are actively eating or drinking. All non-UCLA community members attending an indoor or outdoor organized event will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours.

UCLA community members (faculty, staff, students and visitors) attending an indoor or outdoor organized event must show their UCLA COVID-19 Symptom Monitoring Clearance Certificate from the day of the event as part of the entry procedures.

Q: Can a unit require people to wear masks while outdoors at our events?

A: The temporary protocol for a safer resumption of indoor and outdoor organized events on the UCLA campus posted on Oct. 5, 2021, and is in effect until at least Dec. 1, 2021.

Face masks are required to be worn outdoors for large-scale events (1,000 or more attendees), with certain exceptions associated with new COVID-19 cases and outbreaks on campus. (Unvaccinated members of the Bruin community must comply with additional non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as wearing masks at all times when around others.)

UCLA recommends that individuals, even those who are vaccinated, wear a mask when outside in large groups in which physical distancing of at least three feet is not feasible.

Q: Where can I find information on daily reported COVID-19 cases on campus and where they occurred?

A: Information on daily reported COVID-19 cases among members of the campus community can be found on the UCLA COVID-19 resources page. As of Sept. 23, 2021, this page also reports the percentage of UCLA students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated.

Q: What would cause the university to switch back to remote learning?

A: Eight separate pivot points — including increased UCLA or regional rates of breakthrough cases, increases in UCLA or regional positive tests, increases in COVID-related deaths in the region, decreases in available ICU beds, decrease in available isolation capacity or contract-tracing capacity — will result in implementation of additional health and safety protocols or a scaling down of in-person activities.

Pivots ranging from an increase in remote learning to limitations of campus activities will be triggered based on an increase in those eight factors and the severity of increase in those factors.

This is addressed in the document titled UCLA COVID-19 Pivot Plan and Decision Matrix. This document can also be found on the COVID site protocols page.

UCLA Samueli COVID Efforts:

Q: How is the School of Engineering contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts?

A: Engineers are problem solvers. At UCLA, we have not shied away from challenges presented by COVID-19. Our computer scientists and engineers have been collaborating with colleagues at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health to develop urgently needed personal protective equipment, cutting-edge testing methods, predictive models adopted by the CDC and vaccine boosters. And there are numerous creative student-led efforts as well.

You can read the highlights of UCLA Samueli COVID-related research projects and press coverage here.

New Students:

Q: Are new student programs still available? Can I defer my enrollment?

A: Please visit the New Student Programs website for details. On a case-by-case basis, students may submit a written request for a deferment to another term if they have significant extenuating circumstances. For students deferring to later quarters, there could be issues with certain classes due to missing specific prerequisites taught in earlier quarters.

International Students:

Q: How does in-person instruction this fall affect my ability to enter the U.S.?

A: International students who have not been able to come to the U.S. will be able to join us this fall by enrolling in on-site courses. Visit the Dashew Center’s website for additional guidance for international students.

Enrollment and Classes:

Q: Will I be able to audit a class?

A: Auditing classes will be up to each individual professor’s discretion. If you’d like to audit a specific class, you can email the professors and they may be able to add you as a participant to the CCLE page and allow you to access course material.

Q: Will lectures be recorded for students who cannot attend in-person classes?

A: If students cannot attend in-person classes, professors should consider the best means to provide instruction to these students. This can include allowing the student to arrange for the classes to be recorded through Zoom. Many classrooms are equipped for BruinCast Video or Audio or Zoom streaming and professors are encouraged to record their lectures.

Q: Are there limits on the number of students that can be in a classroom?

A: UCLA is not subject to any classroom density limitations. There are no caps on the number of students in a classroom beyond the normal room capacity. See UCLA’s Protocols for Fall 2021 Instruction from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force and the Academic Personal Office.

Q: What should I do if a classmate refuses to wear a mask or is not wearing it appropriately?

A: In some cases, students may not be wearing a face mask simply because they forgot to put one on. Complimentary disposable face masks are available at the John Wooden Center for students who do not have a face mask. If a classmate is not wearing their face mask properly, you may ask them to adjust it to cover their nose and mouth if you are comfortable doing so. You may also ask your professor or instructor to remind students of the face mask requirement and ask them to put on their face mask or adjust it.

Faculty members are encouraged to consider the following:

If an individual student who is out of compliance with campus COVID-19 mitigation measure refuses to comply and refuses to leave upon request, remember that they are not likely to be a significant threat to others who are wearing face masks and complying with campus policies.

If a student refuses to leave upon request, instructors may consider ending the class or shifting it to remote instruction for the day, though they are cautioned to carefully consider whether the risk posed by a single non-compliant student justifies the learning disruption for the rest of the students. All such incidents should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct at or 310-825-3871. See the CRRTF’s FAQ on classroom management for details. UCPD should not be contacted in such cases as UCPD is not charged with enforcement of the face mask requirement or other COVID-19 mitigation requirements.

Reports of violations will result in a determination, expected to be made within one business day, of whether the violation was willful or not. People with willful violations, multiple violations and violations believed to have resulted in infection will face measures up to and including exclusion from campus.

Student Life:

Q: What are the current guidelines on small gatherings in Los Angeles County?

A: Please see the LACDPH website for the current guidelines (revised May 11, 2021). UCLA has its own requirements regarding wearing masks indoors.

Q: Are recreation centers and libraries open on campus? What about the museums?

A: The Sunset Canyon amphitheater lawn, tennis courts, Mapes beach volleyball courts, Park Pool and Family Pool, Drake Stadium fitness zones, Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Del Rey, Kinross Recreation Center and the John Wooden Center are open at reduced capacity and limited hours for UCLA students, staff, faculty, emeriti faculty and retirees with a reservation. Users must complete the Return to Rec membership process prior to making a reservation.

Updates will be added to the UCLA Recreation website.

UCLA Library resumed onsite services at most of its library locations on Sept. 13, 2021, and will steadily ramp up to normal operations. Libraries are open to current BruinCard holders and face masks must be worn upon entering regardless of vaccination status. Visit UCLA Library’s Fall 2021 Opening FAQ page for more information.

The Hammer Museum and Fowler Museum are now open to the public. Face masks must be worn at all times while visiting the museums.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA currently has on display The Map and the Territory: 100 Years of Collecting at UCLA (postponed as part of UCLA’s Centennial celebration) and Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s–1990s.

Financial Assistance:

Q: I’m uncertain about financial aid. Can changes in enrolled units or other areas affect my financial aid? Is there anything else I need to know?

A: Students receiving financial aid can find answers related to such changes on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website. The university is not changing policies and procedures regarding declaring nonattendance or withdrawal.

Q: Are there any scholarships or fellowships available to students through the School of Engineering?

A: UCLA Samueli offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships that help remove some of the financial barriers for promising students. These may be awarded on the basis of financial need, academic merit or other criteria, and all current or incoming undergraduate/graduate students are welcome to apply. Matriculated graduated students are eligible to apply for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

If you are an undergraduate or incoming freshman/transfer student, click here to view information and application instructions for a UCLA Samueli scholarship.

If you are a graduate student or candidate, you may search for fellowships available to UCLA graduate students.

Q: Are there any resources for students who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and other unforeseen crises?

A: UCLA remains committed to supporting students during these unprecedented times. We recognize that students may be experiencing a variety of challenges and financial hardship.

If you are experiencing a financial crisis beyond available financial aid resources, please contact the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) by completing the ECRT Self-Assessment Intake Form.

For information on submitting appeals or other general Financial Aid related questions, please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Faculty and Staff:

Q: What happens if my students have to miss a class or an exam?
A: With the return to in-person instruction, there is likely to be an uptick in students missing class due to isolation and quarantine protocols or because they haven’t been cleared by the Symptom Monitoring Survey. The prospect of missing class time, projects or assessments can be daunting, and we’d never want our students to answer the Symptom Monitoring Survey untruthfully for fear of missing a class or an exam. If our students do not feel well and are exhibiting COVID-related symptoms they should stay home and rest. As faculty members, we should be committed to accommodating students who cannot be in class for these reasons through video or audio streaming or recordings, makeup assignments and assessments, alternative projects or other means.
Q: How can I best support students who request special accommodations?

A: To best support our entire community, instructors are being strongly encouraged to record live lectures, as per the Academic Senate guidelines and adopt the following approaches:

  • Create video or audio recordings of lectures to be watched either live via Zoom or at a later time.
  • Determine whether the room in which you are lecturing is equipped for BruinCast Video, Zoom Streaming, or BruinCast Audio setup here.
    • If your classroom is equipped for BruinCast Video or Audio, register for your classes to be recorded here and lectures will be recorded/posted for you.
    • If your classroom is equipped for Zoom Streaming, see Zoom Streaming instructions here.
    • If your classroom does not have any of these options, use this DIY Guide for recording and posting your in-person lectures yourself.
    • For additional questions or information, see the Technology and Access Guide.
  • When broadcasting lectures synchronously via Zoom:
    • Use real-time automatic captions to support many different types of learners and increase access. (Reach out to the Center for Advancement of Teaching about alternative options.)
    • Remember to check in on the remote students and provide opportunities for them to participate by calling on them, having them participate in classroom polls, having them react to questions you pose or other methods that are outlined in the guide for Teaching Local and Remote
  • Allow accommodations for student absences caused by reasons related to public health mitigation (such as a student’s compliance with a symptom monitoring instruction to remain off campus, go into isolation or quarantine) when determining a final grade.
  • Reschedule exams and presentations to accommodate individual student absences caused by public health risk mitigation requirement to go into isolation or quarantine.
  • For more information, view the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Task Force Faculty FAQs Fall 2021 Teaching Resources and Recommendations.

Q: Am I required to check the COVID Clearance Portal to verify if my students have cleared the daily Symptom Monitoring Survey?

A: Yes, all professors and teaching assistants are required to verify if their students have cleared the daily Symptom Monitoring Survey on the COVID Clearance Portal. If you do not know how to access the portal or if you cannot find the class roster on the portal, please consult the Clearance Portal Tip Sheet. If a student is not cleared, they should not be in class. If a student did not fill out the survey, please encourage them to do so before the start of class.

Q: What should department staff expect in their return to campus?

A: UCLA has created a Campus Ramp-Up Planning Guide that provides guidance for FlexWork opportunities, strategies to reduce employee density and other resources to make the transition back to in-person offices as safe and smooth as possible.

Managers are encouraged to adopt FlexWork practices, more information for which is available in the FlexWork Guide for Managers. FlexWork allows employees to work remotely on a full-time or part-time basis depending on their individual needs and comfort levels, usually utilizing a hybrid approach to remote and in-person work.

Q: What are UCLA guidelines for instructors on COVID-related questions in class?

A: For faculty needing information on student masking requirements, accommodations, microphone reservation and other COVID-related questions, please read this FAQ.

Q: Are faculty required to wear masks while lecturing?

A: Masks are required indoors. Instructors and TAs may request alternatives, such as a clear face mask or face shield with a drape, from the UCLA Emergency PPE Store if it is helpful for their students to be able to see facial expressions or read lips.

Instructors and TAs who are concerned they may not be heard through their masks may also reserve microphones if their classroom is not already equipped with one. For those in smaller classrooms or otherwise unable to secure microphones, individual PA devices may be available. Departments may wish to consider purchasing PA devices for their instructors and TAs. For more on these alternatives, see the CRRTF’s FAQ on classroom management.

Q: When faculty are required to quarantine, what should they do about their classes?
A: Given the university’s commitment to in-person instruction, instructors are not permitted to unilaterally move their classes to a remote format without prior permission from the administration and/or at the direction UCLA’s Exposure Management Team. An instructor may move a single, individual in-person class, or up to two classes in a row, to Zoom without prior authorization under the following circumstances:

  • The instructor has an illness or physical symptoms and is thereby not cleared for onsite work from the symptom monitor survey but feels well enough to teach remotely.
  • The instructor has had direct, recent, extensive close contact with someone who is COVID-positive and believes that they should temporarily quarantine (even though current university protocols and public health orders do not require vaccinated individuals to do so if they remain asymptomatic).

The university needs to understand the frequency with which such situations arise across the institution. For this reason, instructors must inform their department chair or chair’s designee within 48 hours of any in-person class moved to Zoom for the above reasons.

Best practices also include preparing a fellow faculty member, co-teacher or TA to lead one or more classes in case the primary instructor is not available.

See the protocols for instructors, posted on Sept. 17, 2021.

Housing and Campus Services:

Q: What kind of university housing was offered this fall?

A: With increased COVID-19 vaccinations and the easing of public health restrictions, we are pleased to report that UCLA offered on-campus housing to a high percentage of those interested.

University apartment capacity is expected to remain the same.

Q: Who was eligible for on-campus housing in fall 2021?

A: We planned for triple capacity rooms in on-campus housing, allowing us increased capacity to welcome foster youth, veterans, new first-year freshmen and transfer students who sought housing with us. We also welcomed more second-year students, including second-year transfer students, than previously anticipated. Additional housing is expected to be available starting winter quarter. Graduate housing will continue to be offered as usual.

Students who do not fall into one of the above groups but who plan to return to campus should secure housing off-campus in privately-owned accommodations. More information about housing is available on the UCLA Housing website.

Q: Are students who are not living on campus able to purchase meal plans?

A: Due to COVID-19 mitigations and staffing shortages, UCLA is not offering the Bruin Meal Plan, the plan traditionally offered to students living off campus, for fall quarter 2021. As staff levels increase, we are re-evaluating dining operations and will open additional dining options.

Technology and Accessibility:

Q: How will UCLA assist students who feel they don’t have adequate technology resources? What if I have problems with my laptop/device not being compatible for class?

A: Students can submit a form to borrow a laptop and other technology from the UCLA Library for an entire quarter, while supplies last. If you have compatibility issues with your current technology, submit a message using the MyUCLA Student Support COVID-19 Message Center. For one-time internet connectivity error, please get in touch with your professor to attempt to resolve the problem. For more major technology accessibility issues, UCLA has several programs that can help with purchasing or borrowing laptops, MiFi hotspots and other devices. Please visit Bruin Resources and Tools for more information. We also encourage any student who may be facing financial hardship to reach out to our Economic Crisis Response Team for assistance.

Q: What accommodations can be made for students with technological difficulties, particularly regarding attendance requirements and live-time activities?

A: Students with difficulties that prevent them from participating in synchronous class activities should communicate directly with their professors or TAs to discuss possible accommodations. Further concerns can be directed to the UCLA Academic Senate. Read the full list of adjusted policies from the Academic Senate here.

Q: What is the university doing to address concerns from students with disabilities?

A: Students who are immunocompromised, have disabilities or special medical circumstances that make them more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 may seek reasonable academic adjustments including:

  • Contacting the UCLA Center for Accessible Education (CAE), which will review requests from students to reorder course sequences for their health and safety, seeking to ensure that immunocompromised and other students do not lose opportunities to take required courses in a timely way.
  • Requesting notes from CAE, which is assigning notetakers to attend in-person classes and provide notes and/or individual recordings of the lectures for those students who have been granted accommodations.

To best support our entire community, instructors are being encouraged to adopt the following approaches:

  • Create video or audio recordings of lectures, either live via Zoom or to watch later.
  • When broadcasting lectures via Zoom, use real-time automatic captions to support many different types of learners and increase access. (Reach out to the Center for Advancement of Teaching about alternative options.)
  • Allow accommodations for student absences caused by reasons related to public health mitigation (such as a student’s compliance with a symptom monitoring instruction to remain off campus, go into isolation or quarantine) when determining a final grade.
  • Reschedule exams and presentations to accommodate individual student absences caused by public health risk mitigation requirement to go into isolation or quarantine.

For more information, view the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Task Force Faculty FAQs Fall 2021 Teaching Resources and Recommendations.

Research, Teaching Assistant (TA) Positions and Internships:

Q: I’m going to be a researcher or TA. Is there anything I need to know?

A: For positions that do not involve compensation, there should be no issues. For TA-ship, which involves verification of status and Social Security number, the U.S. has certain guidelines; individuals must be hired by a third party in their home country. There will be more information to come, so please contact your specific department. TOP (test of oral proficiency) exams will be offered via Zoom. When TOPs are offered in person, they will take place at 270 Powell Library in the Instructional Media Lab.

Q: How can I become a graduate student researcher?

A: Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) assist faculty with scholarly research and may or may not collaborate in the publication of research results. Students interested in a GSR position should contact their faculty advisor to discuss potential opportunities.

Q: How do I find an internship?

A: The Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP) is a new initiative from the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering to assist students by providing resources, information and opportunities. UIP hosts multiple workshops throughout the year to better prepare students in securing an internship, offers a seminar on the internship process, co-hosts the ESUC Industry Liaison Committee along with ESUC, and offers organizations the resource to track attendance of their events.

The UCLA Career Center also offers a variety of resources such as career counseling, career fairs, job-seeking platforms and more.

Health and Wellness:

Q: How do I know if someone tested positive for COVID-19 was recently in a campus building I plan to visit?

A: UCLA created a COVID-19 case dashboard (DOCX) in an effort to keep our community members informed if they were present in a building where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been. Whenever UCLA receives notice of a COVID-19 positive case occurring on a UCLA property, the case location dashboard will be updated and an email notification will be sent to those who indicated in the symptom monitoring survey if they were present in the related facilities. These email notifications will be sent to both campus and UCLA Health employees.

Q: What precautions is UCLA taking to keep our community safe?

A: The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our top priority. UCLA has put recommended infection-control procedures in place on campus. These include physical distancing, lower density in classrooms and other spaces, frequent cleaning of classrooms and facilities, and the requirement that people wear face coverings while on campus, consistent with guidance from the LACDPH. Additionally, daily symptom checks will be required for anyone coming to campus or living in on-campus housing.

Information on campus protocols is available online and updated frequently.

Please follow UCLA’s Standard Operating Procedure (revised Apr. 22, 2021) when reporting a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Q: What wellness and mental health resources are available to me, even remotely?

A: Students have access to multiple mental health resources from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which has an engineering virtual satellite clinic, to the Resilience in Your Student Experience (RISE) Center. CAPS has also provided a guide that can help inform students on available resources and how to access them. The clinic is scheduled from weeks five to 10 on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. CAPS offers one-on-one therapy sessions, group therapy, and skills groups such as “Overcoming Procrastination,” “Break the Cycle of Anxiety” and “Taming Your Inner Critic.”

CAPS can also assist incoming students with utilizing resources such as the TAO app, which is available and covered for any student with a UCLA email address. However, CAPS cannot treat incoming students until they are fully registered or enrolled.

Students with disabilities are also eligible to receive accommodations from the Center for Accessible Education. If you are experiencing a crisis, please visit UCLA’s CAPS website for additional resources. For life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 or UCPD’s 24-hour dispatch line at 310-825-1491.

Counseling is also available for staff and faculty.

Q: How can I report violations of public health guidelines in the UCLA campus community?

A: Email the Office of Student Conduct regarding known individuals at . You can also report incidents anonymously online via the Whistleblower Hotline or by phone at 800-403-4744 providing the date, time, nature and location of the violation. In urgent situations, call the On-Campus Housing Dispatch at 310-206-9633.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Q: What steps has UCLA Samueli taken to address diversity and inclusion in the School of Engineering?

A: At UCLA, diversity is an indispensable element of academic excellence. The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is committed to providing a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and nurturing learning environment. We strive to foster a diverse student and faculty body, with programs designed to complement a rigorous engineering education for anyone with the talent and desire to succeed. A population rich in diversity expands the range of knowledge, experiences and viewpoints, leading to innovative new solutions that otherwise would not be possible. Programs to enable the success of all of our students, regardless of ethnic or economic background, are in place — and are making progress. Over the next decade, we hope to double the percentage of underrepresented minorities and increase the percentage of women in both our student body and our faculty. Please visit our EDI page for more information.

Clubs & Organizations:
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA)
Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W)
IEEE Women Advancing Technology through Teamwork (WATT)
Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association at UCLA (BruinKSEA)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Pilipinos in Engineering and Science (PIES)
Queer and Trans in STEM (QTSTEM)
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
GradSWE at UCLA

Full List of UCLA Samueli Student Clubs & Organizations

Programs:
Women in Engineering (WE@UCLA)
Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED)

Discrimination:

Q: I feel that I’m being targeted based on my race and ethnic background due to the outbreak of coronavirus, what should I do?

A: UCLA Samueli is deeply committed to providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive learning environment. We ask that anyone who experiences a bias incident to report it to us by completing a UCLA Incident of Bias Reporting Form so we can take action. Resources to report electronic abuse, including UCPD, can be found here.

Q: Why might referring to COVID-19 or the coronavirus by a particular geographic location be offensive?

A: At UCLA, we believe it is important to promote an equitable, inclusive and diverse culture. Using terms such as “Wuhan virus” has unfortunately led to people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent being teased, bullied, harassed, harmed or made to feel like outsiders. See this post from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for more information. If you are a target of bullying or harassment, please report it to us by completing a UCLA Incident of Bias Reporting Form so we can take action. Resources to report electronic abuse, including UCPD, can be found here.

The Samueli COVID-19 Task Force

The Samueli COVID-19 task force has been created to address academic and operational issues resulting from the outbreak. Please direct specific questions to the following individuals:
 

Role Name Phone Email
Task Force Chair, and Chair for Academic Affairs Rick Wesel 310-825-2942
Chair for Operational Affairs Jeff Goldman 310-825-2704
Communications Christine Wei-li Lee 310-206-0540
MSOL and online classes Jenn-Ming Yang 310-825-2758
Research Infrastructure Bruce Dunn 310-825-1519

Departments and Programs Contact List

Daphne-Jane Dizon
Emilia Rodriguez-Vera
Bioengineering

Ramiro Hernandez
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Stacey Fong
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Leticia Ortiz
Computational Medicine

Cassandra Franklin
Computer Science

Jaqueline Tran
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jaine Park
Master of Engineering

Alisa Janesajawan
Master of Science in Engineering Online

Kyle Jung
Materials Science and Engineering

Alex Duffy
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering