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UC Santa Barbara to use remote instruction for most fall quarter classes

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John Palminteri

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- UC Santa Barbara plans to offer most undergraduate classes remotely when the fall quarter starts. University Chancellor Henry Yang sent a message to the campus community on Thursday about the plans.

Planning teams are working with faculty to identify which courses will be conducted via full remote instruction, which will be offered in person and which will use a format combining remote and face-to-face components, Yang said.

He said the plans are not yet final and a final schedule of courses indicating course formats will be available in July.

Students who want to continue with full remote learning will be able to do so.

Courses with an enrollment of more than 50 students will need to be held remotely, the message said.

Yang said staff have been reviewing classroom capacity, analyzing air flow in buildings, adding hand sanitizing stations and developing guidelines to ensure students and faculty can observe appropriate physical distancing requirements.

Graduate education at UC Santa Barbara will continue at nearly full capacity during the fall quarter. Most graduate seminars will be held remotely and faculty are developing ways to maintain safety protocols during instruction.

New freshmen and transfer students will attend a virtual orientation this summer.

Students who will be living on-campus will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The university is also asking students to limit social interactions during the first two weeks back and not to travel away during the quarter.


The UC Regents and the Office of the President have determined that tuition and mandatory 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.

The full letter to the campus can be found here.

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