Academic Impact and Support

COVID-19 Information for Academic Employees

COVID-related information specific to academic employees is available on the Academic Personnel Office (APO) website. For information on leaves of absence, academic advancement, and other academic personnel topics impacted by COVID-19, please visit COVID-19 Information for Academic Employees.

Teaching and Learning During Unplanned Events

The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) has information online to support instructors to adopt a variety of tools for delivering class sessions in online formats, make changes to assessments and assignments that maintain alignment with learning goals, and respond to situations in which students may need to miss more significant amounts of class.

CITL also launched Learning During Unplanned Events, which provides students with remote learning resources.

Update on Spring Quarter

UC Santa Cruz has announced that the suspension of in-person instruction, lectures and discussion sections, extended to the full spring quarter, will include all labs, studios, field research, and field study courses. The suspension of in-person instructional meetings includes doctoral and masters thesis defenses and oral examinations and all meetings of lab research groups. There will be no exemptions for in-person instructional activities.

Extending remote instruction comprehensively is a decision made in consultation with campus leadership, the Academic Senate, and the UC Office of the President. It is intended to better protect the safety of all members of the UCSC community by enhancing the ability to practice social distancing.

Some lab, studio and field study courses may not be readily transferable to a remote instruction format without significant impact on student learning and the ability of the course to meet approved learning outcomes. If so, this may lead program faculty to consider temporarily modifying program requirements to waive such a course as part of the degree requirements for graduating seniors. Earlier today, the relevant Academic Senate committees (CEP, CCI, and GC) released a communication with instructions to department chairs.