COVID-19 FAQ for UCR Students
Individuals experiencing respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or flu-like symptoms should call the following for support and guidance:
- Visit websites for information on accessing student services. Updated guidance available on housing contracts and dining services.
Academics and Research for Students
Is UCR cancelling classes?
All instruction (including but not limited to labs, studios, and directed studies) will be delivered remotely for the entirety of the spring quarter. This is a change from the April 3 end date for remote instruction.
On campus housing and residential dining services remain open and residents can elect to remain on campus if needed.
To facilitate remote instruction and learning, ITS is identifying solutions for those instructors, teaching assistants, and students who are in urgent need of laptops and internet access.
Is UCR closing research operations?
No undergraduate students will be allowed in any on-campus labs or research facilities during spring quarter.
Many research operations are critical campus functions, and those deemed critical will be allowed to continue their work on campus, following important social distancing and hygiene measures. Deans and department chairs will be working with principal investigators to determine critical research functions that must continue on campus, with guidance from the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.
Per UC policies, in no event should researchers take materials other than secure laptops, data storage devices, and other similar devices offsite (e.g., to their homes) to maintain research continuity during a curtailment. All essential research must continue within the confines of appropriate laboratory space. Please exercise extreme care when transporting data storage devices or accessing data remotely and contact Information Technology Solutions if you need assistance. If in doubt about these restrictions, please contact the relevant RED office for further assistance.
- Will my tuition or fees change?
What do I do if I need access to a computer to take finals?
Computer labs in Watkins 2111 and 2117 are open and available for students in need of a computer to take a final exam. The labs will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. during finals week.
Laptop kiosks in Orbach library, Rivera library and the HUB (first floor lobby) also are available for students during finals week.
For students without home internet service, several companies have announced plans to offer free internet service to students for 60 days. UCR shared this information via email on March 14 (Remote Network Connectivity Recommendations).
For students with technology, consider helping a friend in need by sharing your device when you don’t need it during finals week.
Remember to check https://keeplearning.ucr.edu for help navigating remote learning environments. This website is being updated regularly.
What is UCR doing about Commencement?
There has been no decision made about 2020 commencement ceremonies. We advise families not to make arrangements at this time to come to the campus for commencement celebrations pending further guidance from Riverside County Public Health. We are actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner. We understand that commencement is an important part of the UCR experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our community safe. Graduating students should look for a separate message from the UCR Commencement office with details and information in the coming weeks.
Given the dynamic nature of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, we advise students leaving campus for spring break to take course materials they would need to keep up with classes that are being taught remotely from an off-campus location. We strongly advise students to refrain from personal, non-essential travel (both domestic and international) during spring break.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. I’d like to wish everyone a successful finals week and to remember our staff and faculty are her to support you in any way possible.
Is there any guidance for Student Employees, TAs, and Research Assistants?
At this time the University of California has granted use of up to 16 days of paid administrative leave for all employees. Those individuals that do not continue to work either on campus as essential personnel, or remotely, may use this benefit to cover their time away from campus. This paid administrative leave is a single allocation of up to 16 work days at the current FTE level, but these days do not need to be consecutive.
It is critical that all employees coordinate with their supervisors to verify work assignments and responsibilities.
Graduate Research Assistants should consult with their supervisor/PI (who will be carefully coordinating with the appropriate Dean) on their work assignments and also their eligibility for paid administrative leave. For all Staff, TAs and Graduate Research Assistants, the same policy considerations will apply, including the option for up to 16 days of paid administrative leave.
We expect there will be some on-campus research work continuing even during this closure. TAs should consult with their supervisor particularly how they can fulfill their role when courses are not being taught in person. UCR will provide more details for TAs prior to the start of Spring quarter. We understand that some TAs and Graduate Assistants may have more than one supervisor, for separate appointments, and therefore they will need to check with each appropriate supervisor.
For employees who are undergraduate students the same policy considerations apply, including the option of up to 16 work days of paid administrative leave (which do not need to be consecutive). Some undergraduate student employees may have their duties impacted by the campus actions relative to the campus “closure” and the elimination of in person class meetings, and UCR will work to provide additional guidance for these individuals prior to the start of Spring quarter. For any students schedule to work next week please contact your supervisor for direction.
- I have applied to UC Riverside. When will I be notified of the admission decision?
As an international student, can I participate in spring quarter from my home country?
International Affairs strongly recommends remaining in the U.S. until the end of spring quarter. But you can take classes online regardless of where you live. You should confirm with the instructor that your classes do not require a physical presence. If you choose to return to your home country, please make sure your visa and I-20 forms are both valid.
Visit International Affairs COVID-19 Updates for more information, including how to contact International Affairs.
Student visas often require you to take classes in person. What are the visa implications for international student taking classes online this spring?
The Departments of State and Homeland Security have approved exceptions to accommodate online courses.
Do I need a new travel signature on my I-20 document to leave the U.S.?
You never need a travel signature on an I-20 document in order to leave the United States. You only need one to return.
How can I apply for my new I-20 document if I come back to the U.S. in fall 2020?
You do not need to apply for a new I-20 document. All you need is to have a travel signature on page No. 2 of your I-20 document. If you already have a signature, check the date. It is usually valid for one year from the date it was signed.
Will F-1 visas be active for those taking online classes from their home countries?
As long as you are enrolled full-time and make good progress, your F-1 visa status will be fine.
- Due to the coronavirus, is there any extension on the 90-day unemployment period, or do I have to leave the U.S. if I cannot find a job during this period?
How will an expired visa affect academic status? Is it possible to renew visas in the U.S.?
Unfortunately, you’re not able to renew your F-1 visa in the U.S. However, if you decide to stay in the U.S. with an active I-20 document, you may remain with an expired F-1 visa.
How will instructors factor the time differences for international students in their home countries?
Professors may opt to record lectures for the benefit of students in varying time zones. Contact the instructor directly.