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Winter 2023 Policies for Instruction

Academic Senate


Graduate and Undergraduate Councils

To: Faculty and Department Chairs

What you need to know:

  • Winter 2023 courses should be held in the modality for which they were approved and published in the Schedule of Classes

Dear Colleagues:

We write to clarify instructional policies for Winter quarter.

Classes for Winter 2023 should be held in the modality for which they have been approved and published in the Schedule of Classes. The following exceptions to in-person instruction in Winter 2023 have been authorized by the Graduate and Undergraduate Councils:

  • Instructor ADA or COVID-19 Related Accommodations or Workplace Adjustments approved through the Office of Insurance and Risk Management.
  • During time periods in which indoor masking is either recommended or required by either UCLA or Los Angeles County, department chairs are authorized to allow courses involving foreign language instruction to be taught via synchronous, remote instruction for the duration of the University or County recommendation or requirement only. This exception applies to language courses only.

These exceptions are identical to those allowed in Fall 2022.


  • UCLA’S Infectious Disease Management Team strongly recommends universal indoor masking until January 13, 2023 to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as influenza and RSV.
  • Students with documented disabilities will be provided appropriate and reasonable course accommodations per the recommendations of the Center for Accessible Education, in a collaborative process involving the instructor.
  • Requests to create online versions of existing courses or propose new courses in online format should follow the procedures outlined in the Undergraduate Fully Online Course Approval Policy (PDF) and in the Graduate Distance Education Course Approval Policy (PDF) . Please note that online courses must be approved prior to publication in the Schedule of Classes and an in-person course cannot be switched to online or hybrid after students have enrolled.

We recognize that much remains in flux due to COVID-19 and the aftermath of the UAW strike. To manage continuing challenges that may arise, CAT and CEILS offer guidance that instructors may consider adopting as appropriate for their courses, in alignment with departmental norms and policies.

We thank you for your ongoing commitment to UCLA’s academic mission.


Kathy Bawn
Chair, Undergraduate Council

James Bisley
Chair, Graduate Council


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