Nearly all courses are being taught in person, and faculty members are expected to teach on campus. There are currently no caps on the number of students allowed in a classroom beyond normal room capacities, although in rare cases, some larger lecture courses may be conducted remotely (with discussion sections being held primarily in person).
Accommodating students who can’t attend class
While in-person learning will be the norm, instructors should aim to create course structures that are flexible enough to accommodate student absences due to COVID-19. You will not be expected to teach in two different modalities, but we encourage you to adopt some strategies that have already been successfully used by instructors and appreciated by students.
Recording and livestreaming lectures
Whenever possible, make asynchronous video or audio recordings of course lectures available to students (see: Recording an empty Zoom meeting). You may also decide to livestream lectures by Zoom (making sure to turn on real-time automatic captioning). Check to see what audio-video recording capabilities your classroom has, or reach out to the UCLA Center for Advancement of Teaching for information on alternative options.
Grading and attendance
In light of COVID, instructors should reconsider grading schemes based on attendance or in-class participation. Alternative, asynchronous activities may offer more effective — and less logistically challenging — ways to engage students. At a minimum, instructors will need to offer students who miss class due to illness ways to make up participation and attendance points.
It is recommended that instructors design class assessments that can easily be completed by students who were absent and that can be transferred to a remote environment if remote instruction becomes necessary.
Resources on how to use technology effectively for teaching, learning and assessment:
- UCLA: Supporting teaching and learning during the pandemic and beyond
- UCLA Academic Senate’s updates for spring quarter
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.
Dealing with violations of campus COVID protocols
There may be times when a student, after being reminded, continues to ignore campus health and safety protocols, including masking, symptom monitoring and other requirements.
Instructors are encouraged to report repeat violations to the Office of Student Conduct at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-825-387. In addition, reports of violations may be made anonymously through UCLA’s whistleblower hotline at 800-403-4744. Reports of violations will generally be processed within one business day, and a determination will be made whether the violation was willful or not. Students with willful violations, repeated violations or violations believed to have resulted in COVID-19 infections will face disciplinary measures up to and including exclusion from campus.
If faculty members or TAs demonstrate repeated noncompliance with health and safety protocols, a complaint can be made to the instructor’s department chair, divisional dean, academic personnel officer or the dean of students.
For full details of UCLA’s protocol on compliance and violations, see Compliance With Safety Measures (PDF).