Updated Jan. 7, 2022

After consultation with the UC Berkeley public health committee, input from students, staff and faculty, and much deliberation, we have decided to begin the semester with a two-stage process, with most courses being offered fully remote for the first two weeks (Jan. 18-28) and then moving to fully in-person instruction in the third week of the semester on Jan. 31.

Some courses such as lab sections, studio courses, fieldwork, clinical courses, and graduate seminars may be taught in-person Jan 18-28. For these in-person courses, instructors may require in-person attendance but must offer appropriate make-up arrangements for students who are unable to attend because they have symptoms or are in isolation/quarantine. 

Instructors may teach some courses in hybrid mode (where some students are in-person and others are participating remotely via Zoom) or allow their students to attend their lectures in-person during the initial two-week period. Hybrid is not a desirable modality for many courses; instructors are not required to teach any course in a hybrid mode.

All plans are contingent upon public health conditions at the time of their implementation and are subject to change.

Spring 2022 instruction

  1. The start to the semester will be a two-stage process, with most courses fully remote for two weeks (Jan. 18-28, 2022) and then moving to fully in-person instruction in the third week of the semester which starts on Monday, Jan. 31. The default mode of instruction for the Jan. 18-28, 2022 period will be remote. Except as explained in 2 and 3 below, courses must be taught remotely during this period and in-person attendance cannot be required. For courses that begin prior to Jan. 18, decisions about instructional delivery are at the discretion of the dean and have already been communicated to impacted students. 
  2. Some classes, such as labs, field work, clinics, and studio courses, are particularly difficult to deliver remotely. In addition, it may be feasible for faculty to conduct research group meetings and graduate seminars in person. With the concurrence of their dean, instructors of labs, field work, clinics, studio courses, research group meetings and graduate seminars and other courses approved by their dean may teach these courses in person during the Jan. 18-28, 2022 period. For students who are unable to attend these in-person courses due to illness or other COVID-related reasons, instructors must offer typical and appropriate make-up arrangements.
  3. Prior to Jan. 31, instructors are permitted,with the approval of their dean, to teach their class where some students are in-person and others are participating remotely via Zoom (i.e., synchronous hybrid) or allow students to attend their remotely delivered lecture in the assigned course location. Hybrid instruction is not required. Instructors who decide to teach their course in synchronous hybrid form may not require in-person attendance and may not penalize students who do not attend in-person. Synchronous hybrid is not a desirable mode for teaching many courses and instructors are not required to teach any class in hybrid form.
  4. The present expectation is that, starting on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, all classes and sections are to be delivered according to their COCI-approved modality as listed in the schedule of classes. The campus expects unusually large numbers of students to be absent for brief (one week) periods throughout the semester because they have symptoms or are isolating/quarantining. Instructors should be planning to offer these students alternatives to attendance such as access to audio or video recorded lectures, course materials, quizzes or assignments, as would typically be offered to any student who suffers a brief illness or family emergency such as a death in the family. Of course, the campus must continue to be agile based on the changing public health conditions through the spring semester. The instructional plan above may change based on guidance from the public health authorities or changed operational conditions related to the pandemic on the campus.

Additional information is available on the instructor guidance page.

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