April 28, 2020


SUBJECT:    COVID-19 UPDATE: Fall Campus Operations; Tuition and Fees; Housing and Dining; Virtual Student Resources

Universities around the world are making critical decisions for the
coming academic year during the evolving public health crisis of
COVID-19. UC San Diego is making plans for the fall quarter based upon
current forecasting models. The situation will continue to evolve, and
our plans may change to meet emerging needs or unforeseen circumstances.
All decisions are being made with the health and safety of our campus
community as our top priority.

We know that you have many questions. This campus notice provides an
update on current plans, and we will continue to update you as the
situation evolves.

At this time, it is our intention to offer courses across all of our
divisions, colleges, programs and majors through a combination of
in-person and remote instruction. We are working closely with public
health officials and will continue to refine the balance between
in-person and remote offerings as the situation evolves. Depending on
the public health context, it may become necessary to transition our
classes exclusively to remote learning; if that happens, we will notify
you as soon as possible. Students will receive an outstanding UC San
Diego education no matter the method of instructional delivery.

We recognize that some students may not be able to safely travel to
campus for fall quarter. We plan to continue to offer remote instruction
as part of our approach for fall 2020 in a way that ensures students who
cannot be present are still able to have a rich and high-quality
educational experience.

Likewise, our academic support services through the divisions,
departments, colleges and Teaching + Learning Commons will be available
in both in-person and remote formats to meet studentsí needs.

Mandatory university charges for tuition and student services help cover
infrastructure and operations that provide important service and support
through all methods of instruction. Examples of what tuition and fees
support include the delivery of instruction and the cost of student
services such as registration, financial aid, remote academic advising
and tutoring. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the
method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction
occurs remotely for any part of the academic year.

Campus-based fees support campus services, maintain facilities, and
broadly support and preserve the campus infrastructure. As campus
operations adjust to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated
team of professionals remains committed to delivering the highest
quality service possible. Campus-based fees will continue to be
collected and will not be refunded.

We are working to balance our commitment to on-campus living while also
promoting public health and safety during this crisis. At this time, it
is our intention to keep residential halls and apartments open, but we
are eliminating triple-occupancy housing options to facilitate social
distancing. We are working closely with and will follow all directives
from our local public health authorities. If public health
considerations cause us to implement remote-only instruction, we will
continue to provide a UC San Diego-quality education in a remote
setting, and we will not charge students for the unused portion of their
contracts for university-owned housing and for university dining. We
will also work with students to facilitate necessary adjustments to
their financial aid awards.

Student-centered, inclusive, co-curricular programs related to
recreation, skills-building, internships and community connection will
be offered both on campus and online during the fall quarter to ensure a
vibrant student community experience.

Listed below are links to a variety of virtual student services, remote
work opportunities and extracurricular enrichment programming that are
currently available to you and will continue in fall.

All students have access to the Virtual Student Union at a one-stop shop for all
student-centered programing.

* Triton Tools & Tidbits, a new student-produced podcast launched this
quarter to support your success, is available at
* All seven colleges offer virtual academic advising at, and The
Teaching + Learning Commons provides all academic support services
online at
* Remote student employment options as well as micro-internships have
been developed by the Career Center. Information is available through
Handshake at
* Students interested in remote internship opportunities abroad should
* Our Campus Community Centers continue to offer connection, open
dialogue and professional skills-building opportunities via virtual
formats at
* UC San Diegoís world-class Health Systemís Student Health Services
is fully operational, providing services both on-campus and remotely at
* The Playground welcomes all campus community members to remotely
dance, meditate, compete in e-sports and to create art at
* The Basic Needs Hub has partnered with
the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to expedite studentsí
access to federal, state, local and philanthropic gifts.

We are proud of our students for continuing to perform well during the
changes that have occurred since March. Your determination and strong
Triton spirit have made these weeks of transition go smoothly. Thank you
for your resilience and continued cooperation.

Pradeep K. Khosla