Ongoing Commencement planning
March 1, 2021
Message to graduating students
From: Kristi Nelson, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Robert F. Ambach, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
As the local, national and global spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 grows we understand the uncertainty of today and the potential challenges ahead. The university is here to support you during this unprecedented time and is working diligently each day to reduce potential impacts on you, your family, and our university community while continuing in our educational mission.
Due to the transition from face-to-face instruction to remote learning, we have developed new policies about refunds and credits for room and board, the university’s general fee, campus life fee and parking.
As referenced in President Pinto’s message to the campus on March 13, the university will reimburse students on a pro-rata basis for room and board. This applies to student residents of university housing who do not have an approved waiver to remain in UC housing. In order to receive this reimbursement, all student residents of UC Housing who do not have an approved waiver to remain for the remainder of the spring term must completely vacate their housing. Room and board will be reimbursed on a pro-rata basis from March 25, 2020, through the end of the spring semester.
Because the general fee supports non-academic activities as well as some campus spaces – often related to student groups – and due to the fact that students will be unable to access most student groups, the General Fee will be returned to students on a pro-rata basis from March 25, 2020, through the end of the spring semester.
Similarly, the Campus Life fee supports various recreational and entertainment facilities and programming, and since spaces including Tangeman University Center and the Campus Recreation Center are closed, the Campus Life fee will be returned on a pro-rata basis from March 25, 2020, through the end of the spring semester.
Finally, since the campus community – students as well as faculty and staff – is unlikely to make further use of purchased parking permits, the university will return a pro-rata share of the cost of parking permits that have been previously purchased in full for the current academic year or semester. The pro-rata basis reimbursement for those already paid in full for parking will extend from March 25, 2020, through the end of the spring semester.
In terms of the room and board, general, campus life and parking fees, transactions related to refunds or credits will be posted by the end of the spring semester.
We hope these updates are helpful as you make the transition to online learning during this global public health crisis. Our goal is to enable you to continue your studies, earn full credits for the semester’s work, and graduate on time – even in the face of these unprecedented events.
Please remember to engage in social and physical distancing and practice frequent hand washing and hygiene as the most-effective ways to prevent the spread of infection.
We will continue to keep our community informed on the University’s response to coronavirus via our dedicated website at uc.edu/publichealth
In addition, the university has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline at (513) 556-7200 or you may send queries to email@example.com.