Fall 2020 Semester
Public health guidelines continue to change, and Los Angeles County has yet to approve our plans for returning to full campus operations. Los Angeles is experiencing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, making it clear we need to dramatically reduce our on-campus density and all indoor activities for the fall semester.
The semester will begin on Aug. 17, 2020, which is a week earlier than originally scheduled. All classes, including final exams, will end by Thanksgiving. By ending the semester before Thanksgiving, we aim to minimize the spread of the virus, particularly as the flu season commences. To support this schedule, we will not have a fall break in 2020.
Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, our undergraduate students primarily or exclusively will take their courses online in the fall term, and on-campus housing and activities will be limited.
While not what we hoped, we are now recommending all undergraduates take their courses online and reconsider living on or close to campus this semester. We are continuing with limited in-person, on-campus activity because we believe we can keep students, researchers, staff, and faculty safe with our low-density plan.
Graduate and professional programs are developing calendars to meet their specific needs; these may differ from central university-wide programming. Individual schools will notify students of their schedules and orientation for their programs.
We will offer a rich array of courses and out-of-class experiences online in the fall. We are building vibrant platforms, including a new student portal that will serve as a virtual quad and promote social engagement.
We will also provide a host of experiences for our entering first-year and transfer students from across the world, so that they feel part of our community, and can seamlessly transition in person as soon as possible.
We are deeply troubled by the updated guidance that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released on July 6 requiring international students to take at least one in-person class to maintain their visa status. We are very proud of our international students and their families across the world, many of whom have sacrificed so much to enable them to come to America. This policy is especially concerning as it comes in the midst of a global health pandemic when universities need the autonomy and flexibility to adopt nuanced, multi-faceted models of instruction and research while preserving the health, safety and well-being of all of our students, faculty and staff.
To our international student community – please know that we are strongly advocating against this policy and are working closely and collaboratively with higher education colleagues across the nation. Given the broad range of courses being offered, both in person and online, we are optimistic we will be able to support our international students to study in person safely if they wish, but it may take a few days. We will provide updates as soon as possible.
Please see our international students page for additional guidance and FAQs related to visas and immigration status, travel and housing.
Summer 2020 Sessions
All in-person summer programs and associated in-person activities moved to online offerings for both sessions. ITS shared several cybersecurity resources and tips to ensure a safe and protected online learning environment.
The grading policy for the summer sessions will revert to those used prior to the spring 2020 semester. Students can elect the grade options normally available for the course and follow the regular deadlines to make their elections. View the academic FAQs for additional details.