What to Expect – Students and Parents


A Safe Return to Campus

As we look ahead to fall 2021, the safety and well-being of our students remains a top priority. UC Riverside will return to mostly in-person instruction beginning fall quarter, with a few courses to remain remote. The flexibility of both in-person and select remote options is designed to help students easily and efficiently transition back to in-person following a year of remote learning. 

See March 1 announcement.

A total of 80% of classes will be delivered in-person, with department chairs determining which courses will be in-person and which will be remote. Campus gathering and student support venues, including libraries, Student Recreation Center, Highlander Union Building, bookstore, dining spaces, and residence halls, are expected to be physically open.

All members of the campus community – including students, staff, and faculty – must adhere to public health and safety guidelines upon their return to the UCR campus. 

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  • Strict adherence to health and safety standards. Personal and institutional health and safety standards for all on-campus activities will be in place, consistent with applicable public health guidelines. This likely will include correct use of face coverings, physical distancing, testing, and vaccinations. All on-campus activities, and anyone participating in these activities, will be required to strictly adhere to these standards. 
  • Planning to offer 80% of all courses in-person. Smaller classes would be offered with normal classroom seating, larger courses would have reduced seating density, and our largest courses would remain remote. Graduate students would have almost all of their courses in-person. All of this assumes that high vaccination rates and falling infection rates will lead to new public health guidelines that make this possible. If not, the campus will scale back in-person instruction accordingly.
  • A commitment not to switch remote classes to in-person on short notice. Classes initially scheduled for remote instruction in fall will not be shifted to in-person if public health conditions improve more than expected. However, if conditions do not improve as expected, classes initially scheduled for in-person instruction may be shifted to remote.
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  • The University of California recently announced a proposed policy to require vaccinations of all students and employees accessing campus facilities at all UC locations, including UC Riverside. Answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinations are available here
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  • Based on current guidance students living on campus who are asymptomatic will be tested once a week. This recommendation is subject to change pending further public health guidance.
  • COVID-19 testing options are to be a combination of COVID-19 testing provider Curative, UCR Student Health, other health care providers, and mail-at-home kits, which would be provided at no charge.
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Campus Housing
  • In fall 2021, UCR expects to offer double-occupancy rooms in residence halls.
  • Enhanced health and safety precautions will be in place, along with increased cleaning of facilities.
  • On-campus dining options are expected to be available this fall.
  • Contactless cashier and other enhanced health and safety measures will be in place.
Student Services
  • All major student resources and services – including Ethnic and Gender Centers, Student Life, Dean of Students, Associated Students, Graduate Students Association, Student Health Services, Student Disability Resource Center, and more – are currently available virtually and are expected to be available in-person in some capacity this fall. 
  • Student Recreation Center is currently open to limited capacity, which will continue to increase. Reservations are currently required.
  • Basic needs assistance, including grocery support, economic crisis response, and housing insecurity assistance, is available through the Basic Needs Department.
  • Undergraduate Education providing academic support, experiential learning, tutoring, and more.
  • Library curbside delivery and “ask a librarian/ask a student” is now available, with on-campus libraries likely open this fall.
  • The university will hire 50 additional teaching assistants who will be dedicated to assisting with dual-mode instruction.
  • Laptops and mobile hotspots available through the Loan2Learn program.
  • Free software and virtual computer labs available to students.
  • Assistance with remote learning and online assignments and exams provided by Undergraduate Education.
  • In April 2021, capacity in campus labs increased to 50% maximum occupancy. Undergraduate and graduate students, with approval, may conduct research on campus. 
  • Updated parking permit options will be available. Details available here