COVID-19 vaccines at UCLA

  • Currently, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccinations are underway at UCLA Health facilities for members of the campus community and the broader public.
  • Additional details about vaccinations for the campus community can be found on this site’s vaccines page.
  • Vaccine town halls

  • UCLA is hosting a series of town halls and other events to keep students, faculty and staff informed about the vaccination process, vaccine development and related topics. Visit our vaccine town halls page for information on upcoming events and videos of past events.

What is the status of classes and instruction?

  • Summer 2021 update: Summer Sessions will take place almost entirely remotely. Read the full message. For details, visit the Summer Sessions website.
  • Spring 2021 update: In response to guidelines issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the recommendation of the campus COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force, UCLA will continue with the plans put in place for winter, offering remote-only instruction for the spring quarter with the exception of a limited number of in-person or hybrid courses necessary to train students for essential workforce positions. Read the full message.
  • Schools and academic departments will provide a wide range of remote courses to ensure that all students have access to the classes they need to make progress toward their academic degrees.
  • A full list of spring quarter courses will be available through the Schedule of Classes and MyUCLA.
  • It has not yet been determined whether summer sessions will take place remotely or in-person. More information will be shared in the months ahead.

Is student housing available for 2021?

  • Spring 2021 update: For spring quarter, on-campus student housing will continue to operate at the same reduced levels as winter, primarily serving those with no alternative housing options. Read the full message.
  • On-campus housing will remain limited to: (1) Students who have no alternative housing options and whose current housing does not provide a safe and appropriate environment or does not provide sufficient accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act; (2) student-athletes participating in on-campus training and conditioning; and (3) students enrolled in the small handful of in-person or hybrid courses being offered who do not have alternative local housing options.
  • More information on winter quarter housing is available on UCLA Housing’s COVID-19 information page.
  • Residence hall occupancy is limited to one student per bedroom, and undergraduate apartments are limited to two students per bedroom.
  • Certain buildings have been set aside for isolation of students who test positive for COVID-19 or who were in close contact with someone who tested positive and are required to quarantine.

Health and safety precautions

  • Required asymptomatic COVID-19 testing: Testing is 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 who are teaching, working or living on campus. Tests will be provided at no cost, and contact tracing protocols will be in place when anyone tests positive. Detailed information on required testing is available on our Prevention, Testing and Treatment page.
  • All members of the University of California community who are living, learning or working on campus or at any other university premises are required to receive an influenza immunization. Read the flu vaccine FAQ.
  • For those members of the UCLA community who will be on campus, protocols and procedures are in place to help reduce the spread of the virus. Infection control measures include physical distancing, de-densifying campus spaces, and frequent cleaning of residence halls and other facilities.
  • Cloth face coverings are required indoors and outdoors for anyone on campus, per guidelines from local and state health authorities.
  • Daily symptom checks are required for anyone coming to campus or living in on-campus housing. More information on the campus’s symptom monitoring protocol is available online for students (PDF); staff and faculty performing non-healthcare work on campus (PDF); third-party contract workers (PDF); and essential visitors (PDF).
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2021, UCLA launched a COVID-19 case dashboard (DOCX) in an effort to keep our community members informed if they were present in a building where someone who tested positive for COVID-19 had been. Whenever UCLA receives notice of a COVID-19 positive case occurring on a UCLA property, the case location dashboard will be updated and an email notification will be sent to those who indicated in the symptom monitoring survey if they would be present in the related facilities. These email notifications will be sent to both campus and UCLA Health employees.
  • As part of the Bruin Public Health Campus Ambassadors program, ambassadors will regularly be stationed at key points throughout the campus to provide information and guidance and to ensure that UCLA’s health and safety protocols are being followed.
  • For further details on UCLA’s public health and safety protocols, please see the COVID-19 Public Health Mitigation Requirements page (PDF).
  • UCLA’s first focus is on education and the development of a collaborative community of compliance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. While we hope all members or our campus community will assist in these efforts, necessary procedures will be in place (PDF) for enforcing compliance if individuals refuse to abide by the public health mitigation measures issued by campus.

Currently, what should I do before coming onto campus?

  • Currently, all UCLA students who come to campus for any purpose, including class, work or other activities, are required to take a survey each day to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus. Students living in university-owned housing are also required to complete the symptom monitoring daily.
  • The survey may be completed on a smartphone, tablet or computer, and it should take no more than five minutes.
  • Students will be required to receive a clearance certificate from the survey before entering the UCLA campus grounds or any UCLA facilities — except for their own campus housing residence. UCLA will keep the information about individuals’ symptoms confidential; that information will be shared only with designated campus officials who are involved in responding to the pandemic.
  • Upon completion of the survey, the system will either generate a clearance certificate or direct students to call the Ashe Center COVID-19 Hotline at 310-206-6217 for instructions prior to entering UCLA shared spaces.

What happens if someone tests positive?

  • Students and faculty tested through the Ashe Center will be notified by the center of a positive result. Isolation and contact tracing protocols will be implemented immediately.
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 are required to self-isolate per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health emergency isolation order and to contact the UCLA COVID call center at 310-267-3300 (for faculty, staff and volunteers) or email (for non-affiliates who have been on campus).
  • If the UCLA COVID Call Center is closed:
    1. Don’t go to work or report to campus until you have received instruction on the return to work date from the UCLA COVID Call Center.
    2. Call and leave a message at the call center (310-267-3300) so that a nurse can contact you.
    3. Notify your supervisor that you are not cleared for work. 
    4. Contact your primary care physician for advice, or go to urgent care or the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center emergency department if symptoms require urgent medical care.
  • If a student, staff or faculty member is confirmed to have COVID-19, UCLA’s Exposure Management Team 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. Individuals who have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a person who was diagnosed or was likely to have COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine per the L.A. County Department of Public Health emergency quarantine order.
  • Relevant deans, vice provosts, vice chancellors, directors and department chairs will be notified of any positive case within their areas of responsibility.
  • For detailed information, see UCLA’s standard notification procedures page (PDF).

Will tuition be affected because of remote instruction?

  • UCLA will be offering remote-only instruction for the spring 2021 quarter, with the exception of a small handful of in-person or hybrid courses necessary to train students for essential workforce positions. Remote instruction may continue further into 2021 for the safety of students and the campus community. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded if instruction occurs remotely in 2021.
  • Full tuition and mandatory fees are necessary to cover operations related to COVID-19, such as remote instruction, and services such as financial aid, registration and remote academic advising.
  • For more information on tuition and fees, as well as registration, financial aid, course materials and other topics, visit the UCLA Registrar’s Office COVID-19 FAQ page. The UCLA Undergraduate Admission site also has a section on student fees, tuition and budget and one on the latest information on classes and tuition.

International students

  • Spring 2021 update: For winter 2020, newly admitted international undergraduate and graduate students on F-1 visas who wished to enter the U.S. for the academic term were required to enroll in at least one in-person class. Unfortunately, because of restrictions issued by county health officials and UCLA’s move to almost totally remote instruction, most of those students did not meet the legal criteria for travel to the U.S.
  • Federal immigration authorities have not yet issued guidance on spring quarter visa and entry restrictions, but all international students will still be able to enroll in remote fall classes in their home countries and make normal progress toward their UCLA degrees without F-1 status. Read the full message.
  • The UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars will reach out to international students to offer further guidance on travel, visas and enrollment as soon as UCLA receives sufficient information from the federal government on spring visa rules.
  • UCLA strongly encourages international students to wait for guidance from the Dashew Center before making any plans to travel to the United States.
  • The Dashew Center’s COVID-19 updates page, messages page and F-1 students FAQ page also provide updates and information.
  • UCLA is currently prohibited from providing remote instruction to graduate students living in countries or regions subject to federal government sanctions, including Iran, Syria, Cuba, North Korea and Crimea. This includes U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and U.S. dual citizens. UCLA is also prohibited from providing remote instruction to graduate students who are from these countries unless they will be physically located in the U.S. or unless they ordinarily reside and will be physically located in a non-sanctioned state during their instruction. Students with questions about how these policies may affect them are encouraged to contact their school or departmental representative.

When will the campus completely reopen?

  • UCLA officials continue to closely monitor the progression of COVID-19 and adhere to guidance from local, state and national public health authorities. The campus will provide updates to the Bruin community on any new developments that would affect the campus or the status of campus operations.
  • On Jan. 11, 2021, UCLA announced that the spring quarter would be remote-only instruction with the exception of a limited number of in-person or hybrid courses necessary to train students for essential workforce positions.
  • UCLA leadership has developed a four-phase strategic plan for a potential resumption of normal campus operations at some point in the future, including a return to onsite instruction, living and working. This plan is outlined in our COVID-19 Back to School and Safer Return to On-Site Work During COVID-19 guides.

What is the status of intercollegiate athletics?

  • Rolling back its initial plan to postpone all sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year, the Pac-12 Conference announced Sept. 24 that it will allow football, basketball and winter sports to resume Nov. 6 for those teams that have the necessary state and local health approvals. 
  • Regardless of the status of Pac-12 competition, members of UCLA’s athletics teams will remain enrolled in classes, will retain allotted scholarship funding and will continue to have access to practice facilities and support services.

Resources for remote learning

  • Students should visit the Resources for Remote Learning page, which explains the hardware and software they’ll need for their classes and gives advice on how to adjust to learning online, developing good remote-study habits, avoiding distractions and other topics.
  • The Helping Students Stay Connected at Home page lists a variety of free and low-cost technology options to help students get and stay connected.
  • This introductory guide to remote classes will help students familiarize themselves with class meetings, completing course assignments and taking exams online.
  • The UCLA Store site provides information on the availability of textbooks and other course materials for students learning remotely.
  • For those students who have limited access to the necessary technologies for remote learning, UCLA has several programs that can help with purchasing or borrowing laptops, wifi hotspots, and other devices. Please visit Bruin Resources and Tools for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships

  • The financial aid office is available virtually Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the Message Center or by calling 310-206-0400.
  • The federal government has made emergency financial aid grants available to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations. UCLA prioritized providing awards to eligible students enrolled in spring term 2020. The campus will continue to monitor federal and state economic conditions, as well as the prospects for additional government emergency funding for students.
  • Visit the office’s video library for answers to some common questions about financial aid.
  • UCLA encourages any student who may be facing financial hardship to reach out to our Economic Crisis Response Team for assistance.

Are libraries open?

Is the student health center open?

  • 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.
  • Call the Ashe Center’s COVID-19 Hotline at 310-206-6217 if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

Where can I turn for counseling?

Resources for educational accessibility

What is the status of commencement ceremonies?

  • The UCLA College hosted a virtual celebration on June 12. The class of 2020 will have an in-person event when it is again safe to gather.

Recommended COVID-19 resources

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