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.

Video: 10 Things to Know About Fall Quarter

UCR is committed to delivering in-person instruction, research opportunities, and student support services wherever possible. As a nationally-ranked residential public research university, an on-campus presence is essential to successfully advance our mission of instruction, research, and public service. 

About 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, will 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. Guidelines include but are not limited to mandatory vaccinations, face coverings while indoors, and completing the daily wellness check when on campus owned or leased space.

The circumstances around COVID-19 are rapidly changing, and campus guidelines will continue to evolve as guidance from local, state, and national health authorities are updated. Please continue to visit the Campus Return site for updated information with specifics about fall quarter operations on 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 will include correct use of face coverings, use of the daily wellness check, adherence to testing protocols, and mandatory 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 will be offered with normal classroom seating, most larger courses will have reduced seating density, and our largest courses will remain remote. Graduate students will have almost all of their courses in-person. 
  • 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 finalized a policy to require vaccinations of all students and employees accessing campus facilities at all UC locations, including UC Riverside. More information about the vaccine policy, where to get vaccinated, and how to provide proof of vaccination can be found here.
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  • UC Riverside will require routine COVID-19 testing for select groups of students on campus – including everyone who is unvaccinated (with approved exemptions), symptomatic, or with a confirmed exposure to someone with COVID-19. Optional testing will also be available. Testing requirements and locations can be found here
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Campus Housing
  • Currently, students who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to move into on-campus housing until they meet university vaccination requirements. Additionally, a COVID-19 test will be required on campus the day of your move-in. Please contact housing as soon as possible to confirm your housing arrival plans and any COVID move-in requirements. If you have reserved on-campus housing and have further questions, please contact UCR Housing Services at housinginfo@ucr.edu or 951-827-6350 for assistance.
  • Enhanced health and safety precautions will be in place, along with increased cleaning of facilities.
  • On-campus indoor and outdoor dining venues have begun reopening. Reopening dates can be found on the dining website.
  • 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 will be available in-person in some capacity this fall. 
  • Student Recreation Center is currently open.
  • 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 open this fall.
  • The university is hiring 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.
  • Labs and research facilities are now allowed to function at 100% capacity, with health and safety precautions in place. Undergraduate and graduate students, with approval, may conduct research on campus. 
  • Updated parking permit options will be available. Details available here