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April 7, 2021
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In Case You Missed It

Fall Instruction 2021

Based on guidance from the UC Office of the President and detailed modeling from our public health experts, we are planning for Fall 2021 teaching to be primarily in-person with normal classroom occupancy. Screening, testing, wastewater monitoring, isolation/quarantine housing and other support services will continue to be provided as necessary.

Vaccine Scheduling

We are aware that some employees have received an eligibility invitation for vaccination but have not yet received their scheduling ticket in MyUCSDChart. If you have encountered this, please complete the Vaccination Notification Inquiry form to report the issue.

Employees: Masks and Sanitizer Wipes Available

Campus employees may pick up a complimentary UC San Diego branded mask and Medline Hand Sanitizer wipes (while supplies last) at the UC San Diego Bookstore weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up from a Bookstore cashier or outside at the Plaza pick-up window. Department designees can also pick up supplies for their team. Please bring an employee ID or other form of identification.

Upcoming Town Halls

Staff Town Hall

Tuesday, Apr. 20, at 2 p.m.
Join us as campus leaders share updates on the Return to Learn program and address your questions related to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UC San Diego Health's Dr. Marlene Millen speaks about reactions that occur after vaccination
Dr. Marlene Millen, primary care physician and chief medical information officer at UC San Diego Health, describes reactogenicity, which refers to reactions that occur soon after vaccination.

Your Questions Answered

Question: Are academics expected to return to campus to work as of Fall 2021?
Answer: Yes, the ordinary expectations for academics’ work location to be the UC San Diego campus will apply again, as of Fall 2021. If an employee requires health and/or ADA accommodation for their work (e.g., to teach remotely for health/ADA reasons), then they should follow the usual accommodation process, including submission of appropriate documentation from a medical provider. The employee initiates this interactive process by reaching out to the Disability Counseling and Consulting division of Human Resources. For more information, see the APS page on Academic Leaves & Accommodations.
Question: How will a course’s modality be determined for Fall 2021?
Answer: In Fall 2021, most courses will be held only in the in-person modality. In some cases, an academic program may determine that specific remote sections will be offered to support international students whose arrival is delayed by visa or travel restrictions, or accommodate specific faculty needs. However, not every course will be offered remotely or in hybrid form. The UC San Diego advising community has collaboratively identified a list of courses that would have the most impact on the population of affected students and will share this information with academic units as a planning resource.
Question: Will the Library, study spaces, computer labs and other spaces be open in Fall 2021?
Answer: Yes, the Library, study spaces, computer labs and more will be back in person in the fall (though some may also offer some remote services in parallel). These spaces will operate in accordance with County/State/CDC and other campus guidelines and we presently anticipate that they will be open at ordinary occupancy along with classrooms. If you have a need to use these spaces as part of your course, we encourage you to reach out to the appropriate unit so they can plan accordingly.
For more information about Fall 2021 instruction, visit the Return to Learn Questions and Answers page.
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