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Academics

Overview

UC San Diego's learning experience is centered on an immersive, collaborative and highly-interactive environment. Throughout the pandemic, the university has continued to support a return to primarily in-person instruction whenever possible. Our priority is to be student-centered, and that means offering safe learning experiences while maintaining excellent academic opportunities. 

Through the Return to Learn program, we are continually collecting data and producing models to refine our understanding of the situation and modifying tactics accordingly to significantly reduce the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. We recognize that there are certain situations where remote delivery of instruction continues to be a necessity and we want to make appropriate provision for these cases. It should be noted that no cases of COVID-19 have been directly traced back to classroom transmission.

For the latest updates, please see the following resources:

Teaching and Learning Resources

The pandemic has reshaped our teaching and learning practices in profound ways. Instructors have invested many hours in creating new syllabi, assessments and course materials for their remote courses and students have rapidly adapted to a new learning and social environments.

Numerous resources are available through the Teaching + Learning Commons, including: 

Academic units or instructors interested in developing fully-realized online courses or with an approved modality change for remote teaching are encouraged to consult the Digital Learning Hub. 

Student Resources

International Scholar Resources

Students

The International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) provides updates for both new and continuing students, targeted advising, year-round programming, and regular information on changes in immigration policy

Faculty

The International Faculty and Scholars Office (IFSO) can assist international professors, visiting scholars and their families with the immigration guidance that impacts their status.

More Resources

Please visit the Academic Success website and Creating a Culture of Care website to connect to many of the resources available to help support students.

Classroom Information

Ventilation of indoor spaces

The campus is running a 24/7 HVAC operation (90% buildings with HVAC have MERV14 filters, and the rest have MERV 8 or 11 filters). Air ventilation has been improved by maximizing outdoor air intake and exhaust fan speeds. As part of a comprehensive preventative maintenance program, skilled technicians will inspect, clean and maintain all building air-handling systems bi-annually. Preventive maintenance includes:

  • Vacuuming and cleaning air intakes, catch basins and air-handling rooms
  • Washing air handler fins and coils
  • Checking and replacing all pre- and post-filters at least once a year, more often on smaller buildings
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all building air handling systems, including disinfecting cooling coils and condensate drains, to ensure fresh air intakes are as clean as possible
  • Cleaning, treating and testing the water in all closed and open loop systems

Outdoor classrooms

There are six outdoor classrooms available on campus. The fully equipped outdoor classrooms feature:

  • LED lights throughout
  • WiFi access for students and ethernet connectivity for instructors
  • Speakers, microphones and Zoom/podcast capable cameras
  • Multiple large displays and whiteboards
  • Movable seating that offers flexible use for lectures, labs, performances and more

View a list of outdoor classrooms.

Outdoor study spaces

Currently, there are six outdoor study spaces available on campus, conveniently located next to our outdoor classrooms. These facilities are capped at 35 person occupancy and available on a first-come, first-served basis. All campus masking rules and safety protocols apply. 

Outdoor study spaces are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. View a list of outdoor study space locations here.

  • Revelle 1, Revelle Plaza | Map
  • Revelle 2, Revelle Plaza | Map
  • Warren 1, Warren Mall | Map
  • Warren 2, Warren Mall | Map
  • Warren 3, Warren Mall | Map
  • P416/International Plaza 1, P416 Lot | Map

Library study

Geisel Library and WongAvery Library are fully open to UC San Diego students, faculty, staff and the public. Per campus guidelines as of March 21, 2022, making is optional while in the Library buildings and food and drink may be consumed.

All study seats, computer stations, and amenities like charging lockers and whiteboards in both buildings are available without reservations. Specialized computing such as the Data & GIS Lab’s DataCruncher require reservations.

Print collections are fully accessible and can be browsed and checked out in person, or requested for pickup at the Gilman Parking Structure or in either Library building.

Learn more and plan your visit to the Library.

Teaching Technology Upgrades

Information Technology Services (ITS), has completed a number of upgrades to classroom technology and capability, to accommodate both physically-distanced in-person instruction and remote learning. These include:

  • Enhanced WiFi strength and reception in lecture halls and large classrooms
  • Dedicated internet ports in each classroom for instructors that prefer a plug-in connection
  • Video tracking cameras in a full 50% of classrooms, which enable live video and capture of both the instructor and the entire whiteboard simultaneously
  • “Simulcast” capability in all classrooms. This allows course lecture audio, video, and slide material to be broadcast live to students, wherever they reside. The lecture is also automatically recorded for students to view asynchronously via Canvas and the campus’s podcast website.

Registrar Office assigned Lecture halls require the use of a lapel mic, rather than a fixed ceiling microphone. If you are teaching in one of these rooms and do not feel comfortable reusing a lapel mic, you may request your own dedicated lapel mic to use throughout the quarter. Please contact us at servicedesk@ucsd.edu to arrange a dedicated microphone delivery to your lecture hall for the first day of instruction (one mic per person please). See a test demonstrating the effectiveness of using microphones while masked in the classroom

Classroom support personnel will be on call throughout the quarter to address any needs or questions. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are set by the Regents for all UC campuses and, under the circumstances, will remain the same. Tuition and 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. University charges for tuition and student services continue to help cover ongoing operations such as the delivery of instruction and the cost of student services such as registration, financial aid, and remote academic advising.Students are connecting with and learning from world-class faculty, completing coursework, earning full course credit, and making progress toward an immensely valuable UC San Diego degree, regardless of the method of teaching being used. UC San Diego student services continue to be available to students via remote options to ensure that the quarter remains a very powerful and enriching one for our students.

Some campus-based fees were established to support certain efforts like the CAPS Mental Health Fee which is supporting the costs associated with many essential mental health services. Others were established to maintain the safety of buildings or other facilities when necessary for the health and safety of students—e.g., to address seismic deficiencies. Campus-based fees will continue to be collected.