University plans to return to 80% of in person courses and majority capacity housing.
By Toi Creel
Some semblance of normalcy will soon be returning to the UCLA campus.
On May 17, 2021, Chancellor Gene D. Block and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter at the University of California Los Angeles issued updates for Fall on Campus-Housing. They started a letter explaining to students the realization of the inconvenience and difficulty of the pandemic on the school year, saying “Our inability to open fully our residence halls and university apartments since winter 2020 has caused many students, from first-years to transfers, to miss out on the opportunity to call UCLA home.”
Officials continued on to say how they planned to open rooms for triple capacity, including foster youth, veterans, new first-year freshmen and transfer students as well as second-year students, including some second-year transfer students. On the UCLA housing website, the University said it planned to welcome “as many current freshman (rising sophomores) and transfer students as possible.”
“With increased COVID-19 vaccinations and the easing of public health restrictions, we are pleased to report now that UCLA expects to be able to offer on-campus housing to a high percentage of those interested,” The Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor wrote.
Though explicit directions weren’t laid out, the University did mention they would require some sort of vaccine requirement with the rigidity of protocol being undetermined. In addition, the University made mention of still having COVID-19 protocols in place when students are welcomed back.
“We remain optimistic and hopeful, however, that a substantial return to campus will be possible. At this time, we expect to offer close to 80% of courses in-person this fall. Large lecture classes will most likely be held remotely, with corresponding discussion sections held primarily in person,” reads the letter.
An exact return date has yet to be set.