The great majority of courses — roughly 80% — are being taught in person. There are currently no caps on the number of students allowed in a classroom beyond normal room capacities, although some larger lecture courses are being conducted remotely (with their discussion sections being held primarily in person).

Regardless of the size or location of the on-campus class, students should remember to complete the Symptom Monitoring Survey each day before arriving at class and to wear a well-fitting mask at all times if they are not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. (Masks, while not required for those who are up to date on vaccinations, are still strongly recommended.)

If you have to miss class

It’s likely some students will miss 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. Please know that your instructors are committed to accommodating students who can’t be in class for these reasons 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 quarantine, or a failure to clear the daily symptom check, should not factor into any attendance component of their final grade.

If you need to isolate or quarantine, you should notify your course instructors as soon as possible and explain your circumstances.

If you are severely sick with COVID-19, you may qualify as temporarily disabled and receive support from the Center for Accessible Education following an interactive process with your instructor.

(Please keep in mind that if you test positive for COVID-19 through the UCLA campus surveillance testing program or are identified as a close contact of an infected person, you will be contacted by campus health officials with information on isolation and quarantine and when it is safe to return to class. If you are experiencing COVID-19–related symptoms, have tested positive outside of UCLA or believe you have been in contact with an infected person, either on or off campus, contact the Ashe Center’s Exposure Management Team at 310-206-6217 or

If your instructor has to miss class

While instructors cannot simply switch an entire course from in-person to remote instruction, they may teach up to two classes in a row remotely without prior authorization if they’re ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are temporarily isolating or quarantining, or are traveling for work or some other necessity.

Any shift to remote instruction that extends beyond two classes and lasts up to two weeks requires the approval of the department chair and/or dean; a change lasting longer than two weeks requires final approval from UCLA COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force’s Education Working Group.

Rather than shifting to remote instruction, a fellow faculty member, co-instructor or teaching assistant may lead one or more classes if the primary instructor is not available.

Accessibility for students with disabilities

UCLA is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in the rich academic experience UCLA offers. The UCLA Center for Accessible Education will work closely with these students and their instructors to determine appropriate accommodations and develop a plan tailored to the needs of students in each their courses.

The UCLA Office of Information Technology’s Disabilities and Computing Program also helps to ensure that faculty and students are aware of accessible best practices and that academic content is available and understandable to all.  

Pivoting to hybrid or remote instruction

Significant changes in the public health landscape could require UCLA to make changes to instruction — including adjusting classroom density or enrollment limits or shifting to hybrid or completely remote instruction. Our COVID-19 Pivot Plan and Decision Matrix (PDF) describes the criteria that will inform possible changes in our operations.

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