UCSB instructors have discretion over in-person or remote courses

This story first appeared in Daily nexus.

Chancellor Henry T. Yang announced Jan. 8 that UC Santa Barbara will allow its class instructors to decide whether to conduct in-person or remote classes for weeks 3 and 4 of the 2022 winter term. UCSB plans to resume full in-person instruction on January 31.

Instructors have until January 11 to tell their students whether to expect their course to be online or in person; however, students with instructors who choose to teach in-person will have a remote option if they wish to remain online through January.

UCSB is the only UC school not to fully expand remote learning until January 28.

“We expect many instructors to decide to continue teaching remotely for the remainder of the month, to ensure a stable and consistent delivery of their classes, and we understand that some students will need to be away at some point. given during this two-week period,” Yang wrote in his email. “We try to balance our faculty commitment to providing students with the best possible educational experience with the practical realities expected for the rest of the month.”

According to Yang, having a reduced population on campus will allow the university “to maintain on-campus operations as much as possible and allow our dedicated staff and faculty to observe COVID-19 isolation protocols. 19 if necessary and to take any necessary sick or COVID-19 leave.

Although teaching is done remotely, the campus will remain open and students will have access to the recreation center, library, student accommodation and student services.

The university is asking students who want to stay off-campus for weeks 3 and 4 to return six days before Jan. 31 so they can get tested on campus or self-quarantine if necessary. The university is also requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccine booster by Jan. 31.

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