Information for faculty

Information on classes, remote instruction, campus research, leave options and other faculty-related topics.

When will the campus completely reopen?

  • UCLA officials are closely monitoring the situation and relevant communications from county, state and federal authorities. They will continue to provide information on any new developments that would impact the campus and take action to ensure the health and safety of the Bruin community.
  • On June 30, faculty who have been able to work from home successfully were asked to continue doing so until Jan. 4, 2021. Read the full message.

What do I have to do before returning to campus?

  • All faculty who plan to come to campus for any purpose are required to take a survey each day to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus. UCLA will keep the information about individuals’ symptoms confidential, according to the symptom monitoring privacy policy (PDF). The information will only be shared with designated UCLA officials so that they may carry out their required duties in response to the pandemic.
  • Prior to returning to campus to work, faculty will be required to complete a 12-minute online course called “Returning to Work on Campus,” which provides information on UCLA’s COVID-19 guidelines and shared responsibilities, as well as strategies for limiting the spread of the disease.
  • Faculty will receive an email invitation with a link to the online course in the Campus Learning Management System. Those who do not have a campus email account will receive hard copies of the materials with instructions on how to complete the course.
  • Faculty who are already working on campus must complete the training by July 31. For all other faculty, the course must be completed before you return to work on campus or in other UCLA facilities, or by Dec. 31, whichever occurs first.

What happens if someone tests positive? 

  • Any UCLA community member who develops symptoms or receives a positive test result for COVID-19 is obligated to self-isolate and to contact the UCLA Infectious Disease Hotline at 310-267-3300 (for faculty, staff and volunteers) or the Ashe Center COVID-19 Hotline at 310-206-6217 (for students).
  • If a student, staff or faculty member is confirmed to have COVID-19, medical professionals at UCLA or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will investigate to determine who is considered a “close contact” to that person, contact them and ask them to self-isolate and schedule a test, if appropriate. Relevant deans, vice provosts, vice chancellors, directors and department chairs will be notified of any positive case within their areas of responsibility.
  • More information on notification procedures from the Administrative Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities.

Status of classes 

  • UCLA has suspended all in-person classes and will continue with remote instruction through Summer Session C, which concludes Sept. 11.
  • UCLA anticipates that 15% to 20% of courses for the 2020–21 academic year will be offered in-person on campus or in a hybrid format combining remote and in-person instruction, according to a June 15 announcement from the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Read the full message.
  • Faculty should expect that for fall quarter 2020, large courses will be taught remotely, as will some smaller required courses. UCLA intends to provide a robust and wide-ranging suite of remote courses for fall quarter.
  • Academic units have been advised to ensure that they provide sufficient numbers of required courses remotely so that no student’s academic progress suffers from an inability to attend in person. In a May 13 message to faculty, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost wrote: “It is especially critical that large introductory courses, or courses that must be taken in sequential order, are available to students to the same extent as they would be in a normal fall quarter.” Read the full message.

Spring quarter grading

  • With students having taken their final exams under different circumstances, the UCLA Academic Senate provided recommendations for how faculty can evaluate students’ learning with due compassion for the conditions created by the pandemic, especially students with internet and hardware problems and students living in different time zones.

Summer session classes

Resources for remote teaching

  • To help faculty and teaching assistants get started, A Beginner’s Guide to Remote Instruction gives the basics on the necessary technology and how to shape an online course. That guide is part of UCLA Common Collaboration and Learning Environment’s Resources for Teaching Remotely, which covers everything from course content and Zoom lecturing to proctoring exams and assessment tips. Quickly Moving to Remote Teaching is another good resource for instructors.
  • UCLA’s Planning for Academic Continuity page is the campus’s central hub for up-to-date news and resources related to remote instruction. Faculty are encouraged to check the site regularly for the latest on technology, teaching strategies and messages from the campus administration pertaining to online learning.
  • The Copyright Concerns and Remote Teaching page addresses copyright issues around remote learning — including considerations for recording video of yourself, the use of audio and video in lectures, and sharing copies of course material for students.
  • UCLA offers online teaching workshops for faculty and TAs.
  • The Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s quarterly training workshops for TAs are being held online.

Safety and security for remote learning environments

  • To help members of the UCLA community manage Zoom security — including preventing unwanted intrusions during remote classes and meetings — the Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor has published guidance on Zoom security settings.
  • UCLA Information Technology Services also provides guidance on Zoom updates, including which of the platform’s features are approved for use at UCLA.

Educational accessibility for students with disabilities

Research operations

  • Phase 2 of the campus’s research ramp-up plan went into effect on June 8. According to an announcement from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, this phase will see the gradual resumption of research activities while maintaining personnel density on campus of 10% to 25% of the normal rate.
  • Department chairs and deans must approve the resumption of all on-campus research and field work. For detailed information, visit the UCLA Research Ramp-up website, which provides instructions for submitting research operational plans for approval.
  • The Vice Chancellor for Research has also published the full Guidelines for UCLA Research Ramp-up (PDF), which includes the principles for resuming research and information about future phases of the ramp-up.
  • On May 18, the Chancellor’s Office announced that remote work will continue through Sept. 11 for those positions that can successfully be performed remotely. Unit- and school-specific guidelines are being developed by department heads.
  • The UCLA Office of Research Administration website maintains a page that includes helpful links to UCLA and extramural resources for information about research activities and research grants, as well as links to federal research agencies’ and prominent grant-making foundations’ COVID-19 information pages.
  • Questions about UCLA research activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including plans to ramp up research, may be emailed to c19@research.ucla.edu.

Salary freeze

Paid leave options related to COVID-19

  • In addition to employees’ regular accrued leave and other paid leave, there are several options related to COVID-19.
  • The UC Office of the President announced March 16 that all UC employees would be eligible to receive up to 128 hours (16 days) of additional paid administrative leave (PDF) if they are unable to work for COVID-19–related reasons, including their own illness, if they are caring for a sick family member or if child care concerns require them to be at home and make work untenable.
  • The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which went into effect April 1, expands the options (PDF) for emergency paid sick leave (up to two weeks) and family medical leave (up to 12 weeks) for UC employees.
  • This chart (PDF) lays out the various leave options available. For further information, visit Campus Human Resources and read its employee FAQ page regarding COVID-19 and staff.

Is medical treatment sill available at UCLA Health facilities?

  • In-person visits: UCLA hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica and clinics throughout Southern California remain open, including imaging and interventional centers. Rigorous infection-prevention policies are in place at all facilities. While UCLA Health continues to see and treat patients in person, faculty should contact their doctor directly or call 800-825-2631 for guidance on in-person visits.
  • Video visits: Whenever it is safe and possible, patients and care providers are encouraged to schedule video visits. For information on video visits, patients can call their doctor’s office or 800-825-2631. Click here to learn more about video visits.
  • Prescriptions and medication: All UCLA retail pharmacies are operating during regular hours and can be reached at 310-206-DRUG. For more information, see UCLA Health’s FAQ on prescriptions (PDF).
  • For more information on appointments and other health-related topics, visit UCLA Health’s coronavirus FAQ page.

This crisis has increased my stress and anxiety. What can I do?

  • Employees are encouraged to contact UCLA’s Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, which offers online advice and telehealth sessions for UCLA staff and their families and significant others. The center can be reached at 310-794-0245.

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