Today’s pandemic has made it so life is anything but ‘business as usual’ but rest assured, the Merage School has been working tirelessly to ensure your ongoing safety at the university.
The pandemic has made flexibility in course delivery a necessity, and we are committed to ensuring that students receive the Merage School experience regardless of instructional format.
While UCI strives to give our students a memorable college experience, our priority will consistently be your health and safety. We continue to work toward a more robust campus environment as the public health situation allows. If we all do our part, we can minimize the spread and resume additional on-campus engagement more quickly.
Making In-Person & Remote Instruction Possible
Our faculty is prepared with best practices and technology for synchronous and asynchronous teaching. We hold ourselves to a set of clear expectations for cultivating meaningful virtual learning communities.
Be Informed: Check Out UCI’s Coronavirus Information Hub
Merage School/UCI Safety Measures guided by the CDC
Monitor Your Health Daily: All students, faculty and staff are required to check-in daily via e-mail or app to come on campus each day.
Ensuring Safe Learning with Indoor and Outdoor Classrooms
Starting this fall quarter, the Merage School will be hosting indoor as well as outdoor classrooms for graduate level students only.
Outdoor classrooms will be held on the Monson Terrace (third floor) and the Courtyard (first floor). Both locations will have large projector screens, physically distanced seating and audio equipment to ensure a high-quality experience.
Our indoor classrooms have state-of-the-art HVAC systems that replenish each room with fresh outdoor air every 15 minutes.
Digital Learning Readily Available for Those Staying at Home
Our digital learning team and faculty work hard to ensure that our digital courses optimize student learning and enhance the student experience.
Classes will start on schedule. Most classes will be offered remotely, either as the only option or a complement to in-person instruction. We are doing everything possible to prepare classrooms for in-person instruction, but it’s too early to determine which courses will be ready for traditional on-site learning. We are working with our Office of Teaching and Learning to identify which classes can be prioritized for in-person instruction. For the latest information, please visitstudents.uci.edu.
What are the plans for winter and spring quarters?
In preparation for this academic year’s remote courses, we have prepared a number of resources for undergraduate student success in a remote learning environment.
All undergraduate student information and resources related to remote learning are available at UCI Learn Anywhere. The site can also be found atstudents.uci.eduunder the 2020-21 Academic Year section. We will update this site as new information as resources become available, including possible in-person options for the winter and spring quarters.
Please know that we are committed to ensuring all undergraduate students have remote options throughout this academic year that allow continual progress toward their degree. As such, it will not be a requirement for undergraduate students to be on campus should public health directives allow us to increase the number of in-person course offerings at any time during the 2020-21 academic year.
What should I do when a COVID-19 case occurs?
Here is a link to What to Do When a COVID Case Occurs. It is a printable flyer that should be posted throughout your workspace. The key message is to call the Coronavirus Response Center at x49918 (949.824.9918) for guidance on what to do if a COVID-19 case is identified.
To report a case, faculty, other academic appointees and staff should use COVID-19 Reporting Website and students should contact Student Health Center.
Additional materials are forthcoming.
When will campus events and activities resume?
We are continuing to address how large gatherings – from sporting events and festivals to lectures and symposia – will be structured, but it’s safe to assume we will be following physical distancing protocols throughout the Fall quarter. We are working with outside governing bodies, such as the NCAA and local health agencies, and our own public health experts, for guidance in these areas.
Do I need a parking permit to park on campus?
After extensive evaluation of the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the UCI community and our parking operations, UCI Transportation is extending its parking permit reprieve through the end of the year. For more information, please visitUCI Transportation’s website.