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 refresh the page as quickly as possible when new information becomes available. This page was last updated on August 25, 2020. For real-time updates from the university, please visit Bruins Safe Online.
Q: Is the school still open? Are campus tours being offered? What campus life activities will UCLA offer in the fall?
At present, we plan to offer remote instruction for the fall, with the exception of required, advanced courses that provide training for students preparing for essential workforce jobs, and which cannot be conducted remotely. We will continue to follow guidance from public health authorities to determine the best course of action. Please contact Student Affairs Office at 310-825-9580 and individual departments for online service or virtual appointments.
Unfortunately, campus tours and engineering ambassador tours are both suspended during this time. One of our engineering school ambassadors led a virtual tour, and campus is now offering live virtual tours. Campus undergraduate orientation is underway and we are currently planning graduate virtual orientation school-wide and by departments and will share that information as soon as possible. UCLA will continue to offer a wide range of student and campus life activities as well as co-curricular programming in accordance with public health guidelines.
Q: Are new student programs still available? Can I defer my enrollment? Where do I send my transcripts?
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 winter or spring, there could be issues with obtaining classes due to missing specific prerequisites taught in the fall.
Undergraduate students should send their transcript to undergraduate admissions. Graduate students should send final official transcripts directly to their department for processing. Your specific department should provide you with their physical address.
Q: How does moving to an online-only format affect me as an international student or scholar? What if I can’t get a visa for the fall? Can I register as a part-time student?
Q: If I completed my B.S. degree in the U.S. and attend fall quarter at UCLA remotely (in my home country), am I still eligible for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) for the next summer?
Q: Are there any restrictions against attending online courses for students located in countries or regions subject to OFAC sanctions like Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and the Crimea region of Ukraine?
Q: I am an incoming international student. Will I be able to live in the U.S. while I study remotely?
Enrollment and Classes:
Q: What are the enrollment policies in the summer and fall? Will classes be held online or in person? Can I take a quarter off for health or other purposes?
A: At this time normal P/NP policies are in place for fall 2020 as detailed on the OASA Deadlines and Enrollment Policies webpage for undergraduate students, and by the registrar for graduate students.
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.
UCLA courses and programs scheduled in summer sessions A and C are being offered through remote instruction. Many classes will also be online in the fall, though approximately 8% of campus-wide courses will be offered on site or in hybrid format. Please see details in this announcement.
For information on the university’s policies on taking an academic quarter off, please see the registrar’s site or contact the Student Affairs Office at 310-825-9580.
Tuition and Fees:
Q: Is the university reducing tuition or fees as a result of remote education? Will students get extensions to pay their tuition? How does the move to online instruction affect nonresident students who planned to petition for reclassification of residence status?
Housing and Campus Services:
Q: Should I leave my apartment or campus housing? Will there be room for me if I choose to stay?
A: As a result of county health department directives, UCLA must limit on-campus housing to students who have no alternative housing options and whose current housing does not provide a safe and appropriate environment or does not provide sufficient ADA accommodations; student-athletes participating in on-campus training and conditioning; and students enrolled in hybrid or in-person who do not have alternative local housing options. Students who currently have housing contracts will be contacted by the university in the coming weeks to determine whether they meet these criteria. Those who do not will have their contracts cancelled and fees refunded. Students may cancel their housing offers without penalty until September 16. Dining facilities will be open for carry-out meals with limited seating and other safety precautions are in place. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please visit the Housing COVID-19 information page or contact .
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?
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 from the UCLA library for the 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. If a student has a one-time internet connectivity error, you should 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, Wi-Fi 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.
Research and Teaching Assistant (TA) Positions:
Q: I’m going to be a researcher or TA in the fall. Is there anything I need to know?
TA training courses will be offered in the fall, and possibly in the winter/spring if demand is sufficient. Once you are a TA, you can check out resources from the UCLA Library, or talk to your department and instructor to address additional needs. UCLA students who wish to be TAs are advised to attend the annual TA conference hosted by CAT and OID.
Q: I have an internship scheduled for summer, is it still on?
Q: How can students maintain their relationships with faculty and students? Is collaboration between students still possible?
Q: What precautions is UCLA taking to keep our community safe in the fall?
A: The safety of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority. UCLA has put recommended infection-control procedures in place on campus. This includes 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, in consistence with guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Additionally, daily symptom checks will be required for anyone coming to campus or living in on-campus housing. More information on the campus’ symptom-monitoring protocol is available online for staff and faculty performing non-healthcare work on campus (PDF) and for students (PDF). Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will also be required for all students living in university housing or participating in on-site or hybrid classes, as well as for faculty, staff, or teaching assistants involved in teaching on site. Tests will be provided at no cost, and contact tracing protocols will be in place when anyone tests positive.
Please follow UCLA’s Standard Operating Procedure in reporting a confirmed COVID-19 case: For Students — Email Dr. Sam Elias at UCLA Arthur Ashe Center promptly. For Employees, including student workers, working remotely or on premises if they have been exposed to COVID-19 — their supervisor should email Dr. Maria Han and Dr. Shaunte Walton in preventative health promptly. In the email, provide the following information:
- Subject line: Confidential Report of Potential Covid-19 Incident
- Body: (1) Name of exposed employee and their supervisor, (2) location on campus where they last worked and the date, (3) nature of incident (e.g. hospitalized for symptoms and under review for confirmation), (4) actions taken (for example: referred to Hotline, advised not to return to work until cleared, OSHA report submitted)
*Important: Send all emails with “[Secure]” written prior to the subject in email and minimize notifications to other individuals due to patient privacy. Campus officials will handle notification plans or other needed actions.
If the staff member was exposed and/or infected during the course of work-related duties, notify the Office of Insurance and Risk Management (IRM) at: IRM Workers’ Compensation. If work-related and the individual was admitted into the hospital overnight for in-patient treatment beyond observation, call the Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Serious Injury Hotline at 310-825-9797 for Cal/OSHA reporting.
Direct the person to call the UCLA Infectious Diseases Hotline at: 310-267-3300. This hotline provides individualized support for exposures and initial testing of employees, symptom monitoring guidance, and cluster investigations.
Mental Health and Community Support:
Q: What resources are available to us for mental health? What about for incoming students?
CAPS can 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.
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?
Q: Why might referring to COVID-19 or the coronavirus by a particular geographic location be offensive?
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: