Pandemic costs UCSD $150 million, changes coming fall quarter

Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 20:39:28-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV)-- UC San Diego officials announced that the coronavirus pandemic had cost them $150 million so far, and they are projecting to lose hundreds of millions more in the coming months.

UC San Diego has not seen the hustle and bustle of campus activities in weeks. School officials said since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the school, their hospitals, and clinics have lost a combined $150 million in revenue. They are expecting to lose another $200 ~ $300 million this summer. Because of that, they instituted a hiring freeze and made many changes to campus life.

Based on current forecasting models, school officials said this fall quarter would begin on time: September 28, 2020. They plan to offer a combination of in-person and remote instruction, with the goal of eventually returning to mostly in-person classes. For international students and others who cannot physically attend classes, they will be provided virtual instruction.

As for school costs, tuition and mandatory fees will not change at UCSD. The school said these fees cover instruction, infrastructure, and other essential services, and they are set. So, for example, even if teaching becomes solely virtual for public health reasons, students will not be refunded any tuition costs. School officials said, "Students will receive an outstanding UC San Diego education no matter the method of instructional delivery."

Beginning fall quarter, UCSD will change its student housing policies. The university will get rid of triple-occupancy dorm rooms to comply with social distancing rules. But if the public health order requires only remote learning, and students must exit the dorms, the school will not charge students for their unused housing and dining dollars.

As for Triton sports, this summer, the university will enter into the NCAA Division I, Big West Conference. So far, there are no changes to any fall sports competition schedules. But the school said it is working with campus and Big West leadership to make any adjustments as necessary.