Message to Students about Academic Continuity Plans

March 7, 2020

Dear Students,

In preparation for possible class disruption as a result of COVID-19, I want to share with you our contigency plan and the tools available to support academic continuity, should the need arise. UCLA has invested in additional software licenses and other technology that will aid you and the faculty to continue your learning. Please anticipate and prepare for the possibility that you may have to access lectures, discussion sections, office hours, remaining assignments, and final exams in an alternative manner.

A campus working group developed a resource web page to assist faculty, including Geffen Academy teachers, to move instruction to an online environment should classes be disrupted by the impacts of COVID-19. While it does not cover all circumstances, nor does it apply to all classes, it does provide potential solutions to situations that might arise. The tools will also be available during the Spring quarter or during other circumstances when you or your faculty member may not be able to attend class in person.

Some of the tools we recommend include:

  • Zoom, to watch lectures in real time, participate in discussion sections and review sessions, and work with other members of project teams. A limited number of laptops are available in Powell Library and Young Research Library to loan to students who do not currently have equipment that supports Zoom or other online collaboration tools.
  • BruinCast, to access video stream and/or audio podcast regularly scheduled undergraduate lectures.
  • UCLA Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE), to create class and collaboration websites for access to course materials, assignments, and more.
  • Respondus, to allow you to take your exams online if the instructor moves to this modality.

UCLA is committed to supporting the completion of winter quarter classes and exams using remote technologies, if necessary and appropriate for the type of course in which you are enrolled. We know that there may be some students who do not have access to the tools and technologies needed to work remotely. If a lack of access to technology will impact your ability to participate in courses that have been modified to online technology, please fill out thisĀ form on MyUCLA. Someone will respond to your query.

For students who require accommodation, please email We will provide you with solutions to meet those requirements or direct you to the individuals on campus who can answer your questions.

Finally, if you develop flu-like symptoms, call the Ashe Center Infection Control Line at 310-206-6217. Please always call ahead before arriving. If you are unable to come to campus, notify your professor or TA.

I want to thank you for your patience and support at this time. The UCLA community is committed to ensuring academic success and the safety and well-being of all Bruins.


Emily A. Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost