March 13, 2020


SUBJECT:    Coronavirus: IMPORTANT Information for the UC San Diego Community

UC San Diego continues to prioritize the health and wellness of our community members amid the national health emergency associated with novel Coronavirus. The campus remains open to fulfill the needs of our educational and research missions, but we are taking steps to maximize social distance by minimizing face-to-face interactions. We understand that students have different circumstances, and our goal is to provide as much information as possible to inform rational choices.

To that end, in keeping with current public health directives and guidance, the following actions will be taken for the Spring Quarter.


Instruction for the entirety of the Spring Quarter will be delivered remotely; more details can be found at

Residence halls, dining facilities, academic buildings, recreation facilities, and so forth will remain open and available for student needs and for the essential work of our community.

We realize this is a difficult and unexpected situation, and we want students and their families to make the best decision on where to live during the Spring Quarter. If enrolled, students will have to make a choice on where to live. To assist in making that decision, we offer information, including impact on financial aid computation, for consideration at this site:

International students may face different circumstances depending upon their country of origin. Information is available at this site:

Decisions regarding commencement exercises will be determined at a later date.


UC San Diego on-campus housing communities will remain open and operational for Spring Quarter. Housing, Dining and Hospitality (HDH) and Residential Life will continue to support students who choose to reside on campus.

Undergraduate and graduate residents who choose to complete their academic quarter remotely and would like to move out of campus housing should do so by March 29. More information about opting out of your contract can be found at this link:


Consistent with guidance from the UC Office of the President, for all enrolled students, tuition and fees remain unchanged as the campus remains operational.


Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms associated with the virus, chiefly a cough, fever and shortness of breath, should contact their healthcare provider. If you choose to go to an urgent care center or emergency department, call ahead and let them know you are coming.

A key component of reducing the spread of the virus is the isolation of individuals known to be infected with the virus as well as those who are awaiting test results.

The campus is committed to providing as much support as we can to our resident students. If Student Health Services determines that a student meets criteria for isolation, units on campus have been identified that will safely provide the necessary isolation needs as well as nutrition and other support services. There are, however, only a limited number of these units, and it is possible that widespread illness could overwhelm those resources, so students should bear that risk in mind when assessing their housing options.

Please continue to check the UC San Diego Coronavirus website at for further updates. In addition, when updates are posted, we will distribute a text advisory via Triton Alerts. You may sign up for the text advisories at

Thank you to all of the faculty, staff and students who have been working together to address this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation.

Pradeep K. Khosla

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor

Maripat Corr
Academic Senate, San Diego Division

Steven Constable Vice Chair Academic Senate, San Diego Division