Frequently asked questions

At this time, the campus remains closed to the general public, pursuant to public health orders. Only people who are engaged in essential campus operations or other approved campus activities, are attending approved in-person courses, or are receiving care at UCLA hospitals and clinics are permitted.

Expansion of campus services: With Los Angeles County moving into the least restrictive yellow tier of the state’s four-tier reopening blueprint, campus leaders have announced the limited expansion of certain on-campus services and activities, including some libraries, dining halls, museums, recreational facilities and outdoor study spaces. For more, visit our Return to Campus page.

Classes and housing: While instruction will remain primarily remote for spring 2021 and student housing capacity will not change, a small number of courses will be allowed to transition to in-person instruction. If public health restrictions continue to be rolled back, UCLA expects to be in a position to offer significant in-person instruction and on-campus student housing this fall. For more, visit our Return to Campus page.

Employees and work: UCLA previously announced that staff and faculty currently working remotely should expect to continue doing so through at least June 30, 2021. As the campus ramps up its operations to support in-person instruction and other on-site activities, it is possible that some staff may need to return to campus to support those efforts sooner than that.

Generally, employees who have been successfully working remotely can expect to continue doing so through the end of August. Supervisors will be in touch directly with staff to provide more detailed information about their departments’ plans.

Since remote working has been successful for many employees, the campus is developing flexible work options and standards for those who are able to continue working effectively remotely, fully or partially, even after we recover from the pandemic. More information on these plans is available in Planning for a Phased Transition Back to Campus (PDF) and Workplace of the Future (PDF), and in our April 14 town hall video.

In addition to this spring’s virtual commencement ceremonies hosted by the UCLA College and other schools, several in-person events are being offered. For details on these 2021 commencement activities — including information on registration, guests, event programs, parking, and health and safety requirements — visit UCLA’s commencement website and this site’s Return to Campus page.

  • In-person ceremonies: Although UCLA will not be able to safely host large in-person commencement events, graduating members of the class of 2021 will be able to sign up to participate in a special in-person procession and individual commemoration.

    Two guests will be allowed per each graduate at Drake Stadium ceremonies and at recognition events hosted by certain professional schools and student groups at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on campus.
  • Virtual ceremonies: The UCLA College, many of UCLA’s professional schools and some student-group communities will be hosting virtual commencement ceremonies for members of the class of 2021. The graduate hooding ceremony will be virtual this year as well.

UCLA remains committed to hosting in-person, indoor commencement ceremonies for both the entire class of 2021 and the entire class of 2020 when it is safe to do so.

Students are allowed to meet with faculty and teaching assistants for small group discussions (not to exceed 10 people, including the instructor) in certain outdoor areas on campus with prior approval. Proper face coverings must be worn, and physical distancing must be practiced. Departments offering these opportunities will communicate directly with students in their programs.

Other than approved in-person courses and small group discussions, all other nonessential events of any size remain suspended.

The Charles E. Young Research Library, the Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library and the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library are currently open at reduced capacity to UCLA students, faculty and staff. The Library Special Collections Ahmanson–Murphy Reading Room also will soon open with limited seating and hours.

Seat reservations are required for these spaces (see law library access), and entrants to these buildings will be required to wear a face covering, show their BruinCard and a COVID-19 symptom-monitoring clearance certificate, and present their seat reservation confirmation.

Additional libraries are expected to open in phases, first at 25% capacity and ramping up to 50% as restrictions are loosened.

While most UCLA Library buildings remain closed, the libraries continue to provide an array of resources for students, faculty and instructors. Additional research and teaching support for both students and faculty can be found here.

Faculty course materials: While print reserves are currently not available from the UCLA Library for instructional purposes, library staff will help faculty and instructors obtain electronic materials for their courses. In some cases, they will digitize content from library-owned materials and provide them to faculty and instructors through course management systems. For further information on course materials, visit the library’s Information for Instructors page. To submit digitization requests, see the Faculty Reserves page.

Hammer Museum: The Hammer has reopened to the public with limited guest capacity. The reopening coincides with the museum’s acclaimed biennial, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” which will be presented at both the Hammer and the Huntington Museum of Art from April 17 through Aug. 1.

In accordance with Los Angeles County guidelines, the Hammer will be operating at 25% capacity. Advance reservations (free) will be required.

Fowler Museum: The Fowler is planning to reopen in June. Please check their website for further updates.

The UCLA Recreation facilities below are currently open at reduced capacity and limited hours to students, staff, faculty (including emeriti) and retirees. Those interested in accessing these facilities should complete a “Return to Rec” membership form on the UCLA Recreation website prior to making a reservation.

  • Sunset Canyon amphitheater lawn, tennis courts, Park Pool and Family Pool
  • Drake Stadium fitness zones
  • Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Del Rey

In the coming weeks, the Kinross Recreation Center is expected to reopen for use by the campus community. All indoor facilities remain closed until further notice.

For more information about memberships, bookings and policies, and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit the UCLA Recreation Return to Rec page.

UCLA Recreation is working with campus leadership to determine how the recent move from the purple tier to the less restrictive red tier of the state’s four-tier reopening blueprint will provide opportunities for more facilities and spaces to reopen during spring quarter.

Bruin Café and De Neve have resumed limited-capacity indoor dining. Physical distancing protocols will be in place for guests from different households, and guests will still be encouraged to dine outside. Meals at De Neve will continue to offer carry-out meals.

Plateia at the Luskin Conference Center has resumed indoor dining at 25% capacity for parties of up to six people from a single household; they are also offering limited outdoor dining and takeout meals. The A-level of Ackerman Union and the Court of Sciences Student Center have also resumed indoor seating at 25% capacity.

ASUCLA Catering also offers Catering Express menus for meal pick up or delivery to those who are working on campus and Starship delivery robots are available to deliver meals to those on campus from several ASUCLA restaurants, including Bruin Buzz, Southern Lights, Blaze Pizza and LuValle Commons. For Ackerman hours and available services, visit ASUCLA.

The UCLA Store in Ackerman Union is open for item pickups Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check the store’s hours, as they may change.

Other campus stores currently operating limited pickup and/or delivery services include the Court of Sciences, Health Sciences and the Hill Top Shop. Check for a list of their hours.

Lu Valle Commons and the North Campus Shop are currently closed.

The Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center is classified as an essential service by UCLA and remains open for all students, but some services are limited during this time. The Ashe Center currently offers in-person visits for any acute, urgent issues and prescheduled appointments for any routine issues by phone, email or online.

UCLA Transportation has closed all in-person lobby transactions until further notice. Please contact transportation by email at transportation@ts.ucla.edu or call 310-794-7433.

For people visiting UCLA Health, all parking and information booths are currently closed until further notice. Customers who need to purchase parking are instructed to use the pay stations, ParkMobile or the Bruin ePermit portal.

UCLA Transportation has discontinued the UCLA Vanpool program in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19. Vanpools participants have the option to lease directly from other vanpool vendors to set up or maintain commuting groups.

BruinAccess is operating normally.

In coordination with BruinBus, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus is providing additional service to the UCLA community, with Routes 2 and 17. The change supplements the BruinBus U1 service, which has been temporarily suspended due to the university’s shift to primarily remote instruction. All remaining BruinBus routes are operating normally. Visit the BruinBus page for updates.

BruinBus, which serves the UCLA campus and Wilshire Center, cleans and sanitizes its vehicles twice daily and has placed hand sanitizer dispensers in all buses.

UCLA SafeRide is operating normally with on-demand rides through the UCLA SafeRide app and the new Safe Loop (PDF), which provides continuous service arriving at stops approximately every 30 minutes.

Spring and fall 2021: If restrictions continue to loosen and on-campus services and activities resume at a larger scale, some employees currently working remotely will likely need to return to campus in July to support these efforts. It is conceivable that many returning employees who formerly used public transportation or UCLA’s various transportation services may instead choose to drive to campus. To alleviate any potential pressure on parking capacity, we will be working to design plans that strategically stagger the days various employees working hybrid in-person/remote schedules come to campus.

Large in-person gatherings are currently prohibited, but the Events Office is accepting scheduling requests for events that can meet all requirements, or for events that could happen when restrictions are lifted. Events and film shoots on campus are subject to public health and safety guidelines by local, state and university officials.

Custodial Services continues to perform enhanced cleaning services for high touch areas and common spaces through out campus. For more detailed information please review the UCLA Facilities Management Custodial Services COVID-19 Procedures (PDF).

Spring and fall 2021: If COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen and on-campus services and activities resume at a larger scale, some employees currently working remotely will likely need to return to campus in fall to support these efforts.

Prior to any fall return, UCLA Facilities Management will perform thorough cleanings and disinfections of all office common areas and restrooms and ensure that all ventilation systems are up to date and working properly. For the cleaning of individual offices, units and departments can purchase cleaning and disinfection packages through facilities management.

Campus units will be required to have their office resumption plans approved (PDF) by the UCLA Office of Environment, Health and Safety before employees return. More information on fall resumption plans can be found here.

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