Dear UCI Students,
As the campus responds in real time to the coronavirus threat, we wanted to reach out and thank you for the amazing level of understanding you have displayed. We know that the new procedures regarding social distancing are impacting many aspects of your daily lives, and we want to assure you that maintaining a high quality of education is our top priority.
At this point, there are some concrete steps you can take to prepare for final exams. First, I want to emphasize that the campus is covering the costs for remote proctoring for Examity and Respondus. Faculty have received these instructions as well. Please go to this link to confirm you have the correct equipment, additional options will be available if you do not. This is a live document and will be regularly updated, so please check back regularly. Second, and most importantly, make sure you have clarity on your instructor’s plan, because each instructor is in charge of her or his own course. Finally, courses are likely to use remote proctoring. We have created a landing page that will point you to a wide set of resources here. Technical information about resources for remote exams and instruction are available at: https://techprep.oit.uci.edu/learning/. If you do not have proper resources, please reach out to your instructor as soon as possible so we can ensure the correct resources are in place.
In preparation for the spring quarter, know that we are offering the full spectrum of courses. As you plan for Spring quarter, make sure to reach out to instructors if you have any questions. It is critical to check with faculty about the tools/modes they will use to ensure you will be able to engage fully in the course. Many courses will be using either Zoom or Yuja to deliver remote content. Please familiarize yourself with any instructions for use of these tools (start here for information). Information on accommodating students who do not have access to these tools will be available soon.
As your instructors decide on new ways to administer final exams and to deliver spring courses in a remote format, we hope that you’ll continue to be flexible and patient. Instructors are working to address these challenges in real time, and best health practices are our current top priority. Please consider that there are many logistical challenges to overcome and that no alternative is perfect. If you feel, however, that there are issues that your instructor may not have considered, feel free to reach out to them in a respectful manner or contact the Student Affairs Office in your School.
In summary, here is the regularly updated document with course/instruction related resources for students.
Willie L. Banks, Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs