Chancellor Gene Block: “there are no confirmed cases at UCLA at this time”
By Sam Catanzaro
UCLA has suspended most in-person classes in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“While there are no confirmed cases at UCLA at this time, I believe that it is important for communities to look out for one another,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. “COVID-19 is clearly going to disrupt and change our schedules, habits and lives for the foreseeable future.”
According to Block, the university will suspend in-person classes wherever possible and transition to online platforms through April 10, which is the end of the second week of Spring Quarter. In addition, Winter Quarter final exams will be offered remotely.
Instructors are being asked to communicate with students how final exams, if applicable, will be offered without the need to assemble in person (for example, take home, online or other alternative formats), Block says.
In a letter, Block said students are encouraged to start the Spring Quarter remotely from home.
“I know this raises a lot of questions about courses, like performance courses, that are difficult to teach remotely and, for our staff who support campus operations, what their roles will look like. We understand there will be questions around many issues. Please be assured that answers and additional information will be forthcoming over the next few days,” Block said. “I know these changes may cause some stress and uncertainty. Please bear with us while we manage this complicated transition. Counseling services are available for students.”
UCLA housing will remain open through Spring Break and beyond for those who need it.
In addition, the university is transitioning over the next few days to cancel nonessential gatherings of more than 100 people.
Our new policy regarding nonessential in-person events with more than 100 people will mean that organizers must work toward canceling conferences and large events through April 10. Attendance at all UCLA Athletics home events will be largely spectator-free through April 10 and limited to individuals essential to safely and effectively managing events.
Campus remains open, including housing, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories.
Accoridng to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the total number of cases reported by Public Health is 17 as of March 10.
Counseling services are available for students through UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Staff and faculty may seek services at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center