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Academics Summer 2021


During Summer 2021, UC San Diego continues to offer some courses in-person or in a hybrid modality, however the majority of Summer Session courses are being offered remotely. UC San Diego is offering one 10-week and two five-week terms providing educational opportunities throughout the summer. Summer Session I will be held June 28 through July 31, and Summer Session II will be held Aug. 2 through Sept. 4, with a 10-week offering spanning both sessions. 

Per the county health order, summer in-person courses are being conducted in our specially prepared outdoor classrooms and in a few indoor classrooms. Outdoor classrooms open up both opportunities for innovative teaching, as well as safer options for certain types of classes. We have prioritized the use of outdoor classrooms for classes that uniquely benefit from that setting, especially those that are more difficult to conduct safely indoors.

UC San Diego’s Educational Continuity Task Force is continuously developing guidance and resources to support the educational mission of the university during the pandemic. A set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding educational continuity and a broader Academic Affairs FAQ are updated regularly; the latest information is broadcast biweekly via the Academic Affairs Newsletter.

The International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) helps the campus meet the needs of international students through through routine updates for both new and continuing students, targeted advising, year-round programming, and regular updates on changes in immigration policy. The International Faculty and Scholars Office (IFSO) similarly assists international professors, visiting scholars and their families with the immigration guidance that impacts their status.

The Teaching and Learning Commons and our keep teaching website continue to assist instructors and TA’s with developing strategies for impactful remote instruction or refining elements of their remote courses. The Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office is also continuing the departmental technology liaison program during Summer 2021. Launched in Spring 2020, this program provides discipline-specific assistance to faculty and teaching assistants teaching remotely, or wanting to learn more about how to integrate technology in their teaching practice. Academic units interested in developing fully-realized online courses or requesting R-course approval for key offerings are encouraged to consult the Digital Learning Hub; course designers and other resources are available to smooth the way.

Because not all students have equal access to educational technology, the campus’s Laptop Loaner Program enables students to request a laptop, hot spot or other technical support. Likewise, the Computer Lab Lookup is continually being updated as we strategize on providing students the ability to use campus computer labs for remote instruction.

More generally, we should remain mindful that incoming students may not be familiar with the services and programs available on campus or in the remote learning environment. Faculty and staff are encouraged to explore ways to connect and support people new to the Triton community. Please visit the Academic Success website and Creating a Culture of Care website to connect to many of the resources available to help support our students.

The COVID-19 Academic Affairs FAQs and Resources hub provides links to important updates, FAQs, and other resources for UC San Diego Faculty and Academic Appointees.

Classroom Logistics

The Classroom Collaboration Working Group—which includes Resource Management and Planning, Emergency Operations Center, Facilities Maintenance, Environmental Health and Safety, Academic Affairs, and the Registrar’s Office—has developed a comprehensive plan for the use of classrooms, teaching laboratories, and other learning spaces. Their priority is to create the safest possible environment for students, faculty and staff based on the latest guidance from CDC and UC San Diego Health experts. 

To make the classroom experience healthier for faculty and students, the campus has implemented the following policies and procedures including an enhanced daily cleaning schedule, providing sanitation supplies in each classroom, improving ventilation in campus buildings, and specifying social distancing requirements for classroom ingress, usage, and egress. The policies outlined below also apply to outdoor instructional spaces, as appropriate.

Expectations for in-person instructors and learners

All faculty, students and staff are required to complete the daily symptom and exposure screening. All faculty, staff and unvaccinated students must wear an approved face covering  for the duration of each class session. In addition, all faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete the UC Learning COVID-19 Training. The Office of Students with Disabilities will offer support and provide accommodations as required. Faculty members have been provided with a supply of face coverings to distribute to students who lack one.

COVID-19 testing requirements

  • Fully vaccinated on-site students and employees: no testing required
  • On-site students and employees who are not fully vaccinated: weekly testing required.
On-site students and instructors who have not been fully vaccinated may fulfill required COVID-19 testing through no-cost, self-administered test kits retrieved from campus vending machines (no appointment needed); provider-observed, self-administered testing at Price Center (appointment needed); or provider-administered testing via drive thru (appointment needed). Learn more on the Testing and Screening webpage.

Classroom hygiene

The daily cleaning schedule will be enhanced to include a second cleaning. Each classroom will be supplied with sanitation wipes to be used by students and faculty to self-clean occupied space (seat, desk, podium) upon entering the room. Sanitizing wipes and instructional signage will be provided and maintained by Facilities Management, who will also refill wall-mounted hand sanitizers and maintain soap and paper towel supplies in restrooms.

Classroom ventilation (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

Classroom capacity and seating

The Classroom Collaborative Working Group has conducted a detailed review of each classroom’s capacity and mapped out where students need to sit to maintain social distancing. The seats that may be used in a given classroom will be the same for any class held there; other seats/desks will be blocked off or removed. Maximum occupancy number will be based on the minimum of:

  • Current San Diego County Health Requirement OR
  • No more than 50 people in an inside space OR 
  • No more than 25% classroom capacity

The specific classroom seating plans have been developed by Resource Management and Planning and reviewed by the Emergency Operations Center to ensure occupancy limits are not exceeded and a minimum of 6-ft physical separation is maintained between any two students. Information regarding on-site research activity guidelines, including music and performing arts guidelines can be found here.

Outdoor classrooms

There are six outdoor classrooms available on campus. The Revelle and Warren Mall outdoor classrooms are capped at 60 person occupancy and those at the P416/International Plaza location are capped at 75 person occupancy. 

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 physical distancing and face covering rules and 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

Indoor study spaces

Beginning Monday, June 28, 2021, Geisel Library’s 1st and 2nd Floors West will be open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 300 study seats will be available for individual study, including computers, and reservations will not be required. Building capacity can be viewed in real-time via the Waitz app. Please make note of the following:

  • Be prepared to show your campus ID at the door as well as your campus health screening / “green thumb” report.
  • Faculty, staff, researchers and unvaccinated students must wear a masks all times while in the building.
  • There will be no access to group study rooms or the collections.
  • The Teaching + Learning Commons will be open to students during Library hours.
  • Information about currently available Library resources and services can be found here
More information about access to additional library resources and services during Summer Session I and II is forthcoming. After June 11, the Biomedical Library Building (BLB) study space will remain closed until Fall Quarter 2021.

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.

Campus will provide a personal lapel-style microphone for each instructor teaching in-person. Instructors will be able to better project their voice for both in-person students and those tuning in remotely by using a microphone (which students often requested prior to the pandemic) without having to worry about sharing the mic with others. 

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. Tuition and fee information specific to Summer Session 2021 is available here.

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. Our teaching continues, even as its method of delivery has changed. 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. 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.