Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information for UCLA TFT

 
 
 


All teaching at UCLA has transitioned to alternative and remote instruction beginning March, 11, 2020 and will continue through the end of Spring Quarter in response to concerns surrounding COVID-19. This page will be updated as new information is available.


COVID-19 UPDATES


UCLA Newsroom Updates

Bruins Safe Online

Current COVID-19 Statistics


STUDENT RESOURCES

Transitioning to Remote Instruction


FACULTY AND INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES

Planning for Academic Continuity

Resources for Teaching Remotely

Online Instruction Resources

Remote Teaching Alternatives

Practical Guidance for Remote Teaching

For support for all UCLA TFT systems, please contact our IT support team at support@tft.ucla.edu.

For assistance with UCLA Systems the UCLA IT Service’s IT Support Center is available 24/7 to assist. During regular hours (8 a.m.–8 p.m. weekdays), assistance is also available for Google Apps for UCLA, Box, Zoom, VPN access, campus network access, and campus phone systems. Phone: (310) 267-4357, email the IT Support Center, or visit the IT Support Portal.


STAFF RESOURCES

Staff Planning for Operational Disruptions

For support for all UCLA TFT systems, please contact our IT support team at support@tft.ucla.edu.

For assistance with UCLA Systems the UCLA IT Service’s IT Support Center is available 24/7 to assist. During regular hours (8 a.m.–8 p.m. weekdays), assistance is also available for Google Apps for UCLA, Box, Zoom, VPN access, campus network access, and campus phone systems. Phone: (310) 267-4357, email the IT Support Center, or visit the IT Support Portal.


PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

UCLA tours and information sessions have been suspended through the end of Spring Quarter.


THEATER SEASON

The remainder of the UCLA TFT Theater Season has been suspended through the end of Spring Quarter.


TRAVEL GUIDANCE FOR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS


Please know that all UCLA nonessential international and domestic travel is suspended until further notice and personal international and domestic travel is strongly discouraged. Anyone arriving from CDC Level 3 countries must self-quarantine for 14 days from the time they left that country. If you decide to travel, be aware that other countries could change travel restrictions without notice, flights may be canceled or new re-entry restrictions could be imposed when returning to the United States. There are no current restrictions on domestic travel, but you should be aware of preventative measures as you travel domestically.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


Campus Human Resources
Phone: (310) 794-0800

Staff and Faculty Counseling Center
Phone: (310) 794-0245
Office Hours Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(Evening and early morning appointments are available upon request)


GRADUATE STUDENTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is this closure going to affect graduation timelines?
Graduation timelines for matriculation have not changed. Please refer to the Spring Quarter deadlines on the Registrar's Office website.

How is this closure going affect the distribution of TFT awards?
The TFT awards process and timeline has not changed. If an M.F.A. student take a Leave of Absence in Spring and returns in Fall, the student can petition to get their award disbursed in Fall Quarter.

How can I get to the waiting list on MyUCLA? Will the waitlist system let me join?
Yes. Enrollments through the myUCLA system have not been affected. If the course has an available waitlist, students can get on the waitlist using the myUCLA enrollment system.

If I want to take a leave of absence, where do I go to find out if this is possible?
Students should consult their graduate counselors in TFT Student Services.

How does a leave of absence affect my status as a student and my progress toward graduation?
Taking a leave effectively pauses registration and degree progress. Students must return to register and enroll in the quarter immediately subsequent to their final approved quarter of leave (summer not included). Unless an extension of leave is approved by the Graduate Division, students who do not return immediately following their leave will have their status lapse and will be effectively withdrawn from the university, and must re-apply to UCLA in order to return.

While on an approved leave, students will not have access to funding, employment on campus (including GSR and TAships), or student health insurance (though voluntary UC SHIP is available to nonregistered students who are on official LOA). Students may not be actively working towards completion of degree requirements, including completing coursework, conducting research, preparing for or taking a comprehensive or oral qualifying exam, or working on a capstone project, thesis or dissertation.

Graduate students are allowed to petition for up to three quarters of leave for their entire UCLA graduate career. By exception, requests for additional quarters beyond the three-quarter limit may be approved; such approval is at the discretion of an Associate Dean or the Dean of the Graduate Division. The LOA cannot exceed six quarters total.

All graduate students should read the leave policy at this link, and contact their counselors to submit petitions or to have additional questions answered: https://grad.ucla.edu/academics/graduate-study/leave-of-absence-request/

Will rules be relaxed in allowing students to return if they’ve taken a leave of absence during this time?
Official leave rules are dictated by the Graduate Division (see previous answers regarding leave policy), but students should refer to their respective departments and advisors regarding the impact their leave will have on their progress and requirements.

How would financial aid work if I take a leave of absence?
Students on LOA are not eligible for financial support such as fellowships, scholarships, federal student loans, teaching assistantships or research assistantships. They are also not eligible for university employment, metro bus passes or campus parking privileges.

I am trying to establish residency. If I go home, will that be a problem?
The UC Residency Policy and Guidelines (the "Guidelines") currently provide that absences of six weeks or more in a one-year period disqualify a student from receiving in-state status. The Guidelines are hereby amended to provide that a student’s absence from the state for any length of time between March 9, 2020 and the Residency Determination Date for Fall 2020 at their campus shall not be counted toward the six-week limit if the absence is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that students who temporarily leave California in response to the pandemic remain eligible for in-state residency for the 2020-21 academic year so long as they meet all other applicable eligibility requirements.

The Guidelines are further amended to provide that a student, who has been or may be granted in-state status based on Financial Independence, may accept or use financial resources from another individual between March 9, 2020 and the end of the 2019-20 academic year without loss of eligibility for in-state status if the transfer of resources is made in response to theCOVID-19 pandemic.

All Guidelines contrary to the provisions of this amendment, except those adopted by the Regents, shall be suspended to the extent of the conflict, during the period this amendment remains in force. Further extensions of this policy will be considered if necessary to accommodate students whose circumstances are impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Please note this temporary amendment is not intended to contradict Regents Policy 3105. These amendments stand until such time as they are rescinded by the UC provost.

All residency questions should be directed to the Residence Office website.

If I take a leave of absence for Spring, would I have to enroll in summer to stay on track?
All students considering Summer enrollment should review the fees at www.summer.ucla.edu. Students all pay a flat registration fee (lower than the academic year reg fee), then pay by unit for the courses the enroll in. You can calculate your potential fees by visiting www.summer.ucla.edu/fees.

But students should first refer to their departments regarding what courses will be offered in the summer and if they are applicable to their degree requirements.

If I am not enrolled for one quarter, does that invalidate donor awards?
No. This is done on a case-by-case basis. If Spring is your graduating quarter and you do not enroll and complete your degree in summer, there is no way for us to pay for you as a student, so no way for you to receive the award funds. If you return in Fall, you can submit a petition to have you award disbursed in Fall Quarter.

Also, if you do not attend in Spring, you cannot be on Filing Fee status in Summer or Fall as the eligibility for Filing Fee states that the student must have been a registered student in the previous academic term.


INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What will happen if I take a leave of absence?
See above questions about Leaves of Absence for more policy information.

International students who do not have permanent residency must obtain approval from DCISS prior to submission of the form. Students who receive approval on their leave requests must leave the country by Friday of Week 2.

Before submitting leave requests, international students should contact the Dashew Center for guidance and information regarding their visas, and any current COVID-19 travel rules or restrictions to from their home countries. It is possible that students either may not be able to leave the U.S., or may not be able to return once their leave period has ended.

If I take a leave of absence, will my visa be deactivated and will I have to reapply?
All international students should contact their respective F1/J1 counselors at the Dashew Center to find answers to these questions.

What if I don’t come back in the summer?
All international students should contact their respective F1/J1 counselors at the Dashew Center to find answers to these questions.

If I take a leave of absence AND am allowed to stay in the U.S., could I enroll for health insurance that UCLA offers? If I do, how long would the coverage last and how much would it cost?
Any student on an approved leave of absence will not be eligible to receive health care benefits usually afforded by registration, but they can opt to pay out of pocket for supplemental insurance, for which they can find information at the Ashe Center.

If I stay enrolled for the Spring quarter, how long does my health insurance last until?
Spring quarter registration will keep student health insurance active through the end of Summer Sessions (ending the day before the official start of Fall quarter, which is Sept. 23, 2020).


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can I register for Spring classes?
Spring registration processes are different for each course. For some, registration processes will stay the same and all enrollment will be handled through myUCLA. For others, the instructor may need students to attend the first day. We are working on creating TFT Spring enrollment web pages that explain what needs to be done to enroll in each TFT course. For some of these classes, we may have Zoom links on the page that you will need to go to on the first day. We will update the students when these pages are created and up on our website.

Is there an opportunity to amass credit outside of TFT?
If you are taking classes at UCLA in Spring Quarter, you are not allowed to take classes outside of UCLA and get credit for it. The one exception is UC Cross Campus classes. For students who already are enrolled in 12 units in Spring and in good academic standing, you can take a class through UC Cross Campus enrollment. If you are interested in this, make sure to contact your counselor to discuss the impact it has on your matriculation.

If you take a class in summer at another institution to count for a UCLA requirement, you should discuss with your counselor to see how the class affects your graduation requirements.