“Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Riverside”
How much longer are we going to do this? It’s amazing that students are putting up with it.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
7 U of California Campuses Will Start January Online
Seven University of California campuses announced Monday that they will start instruction online in January in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The campuses are at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Riverside.
UC Santa Barbara announced on its website that “Given the uncertainties around the Omicron variant, UC Santa Barbara will begin winter quarter with two weeks of remote instruction. The quarter will begin as scheduled Monday, Jan. 3, and in-person instruction will resume Tuesday, Jan. 18, following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, subject to reassessment of the situation early in the quarter. The decision to delay in-person teaching is related to supporting students and instructors, particularly those who either test positive over winter break and cannot travel back to campus on time, or who test positive upon arrival and need to isolate.”
Riverside’s chancellor, Kim A. Wilcox, wrote with more confidence that online instruction would be for only two weeks. He said, “On-campus classes at UC Riverside will be delivered remotely for the first two weeks of the winter quarter, with exceptions for off-campus field courses and internships that may continue to meet in-person. The quarter will begin on Jan. 3 with remote instruction, and we expect to return to our planned winter quarter modes of instruction the week of Jan. 17.”
At Davis, a shorter period is expected for online instruction, only Jan. 3 to 7.
Davis also announced a change in testing requirements. “Beyond that, although we had planned to discontinue the testing mandate for vaccinated people in mid-January, we are now going to maintain our fall-quarter requirement: testing every two weeks for those people who are fully vaccinated and testing every four days for those people who are not vaccinated,” said a letter from Gary May, the chancellor, and Mary Croughan, the provost and executive vice chancellor.
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