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CSU, UC Systems Planning For At Least Some Classes Online Through Fall Term

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – When the fall term starts, students in both the Cal State and University of California systems will likely still be taking at least some of their classes online, officials said Tuesday.

Students walk on the campus of UCLA on March 11, 2020. Starting this week many southern California universities including UCLA will suspend in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

A UC spokesperson confirmed to CBS2 that it does not expect any of its 10 campuses to reopen fully for in-person classes by the fall.

"At this juncture, it's likely none of our campuses will fully re-open in fall," said UC spokesman Stett Holbrook in an email to CBS2. "We will be exploring a mixed approach with some material delivered in classroom and lab settings while other classes will continue to be online."

Meanwhile, CSU Chancellor Timothy White told the board of trustees during an online meeting Tuesday that most classes at its 23 campuses will remain online, but for a few exceptions.

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There will be "limited exceptions for in-person activities that cannot be delivered virtually, are indispensable to the university's core mission and can be conducted within the rigorous standards of safety and welfare," White said.

He said such exceptions could include clinical nursing classes, life-science laboratory courses and interactive architecture or engineering programs.

"This is a new and expensive reality for us," White said. "For those limited courses where in-person instruction is indispensable and can be justified, enrollment per section will be less."

Late last month, lawsuits were filed against the CSU and UC systems demanding that the unused portions of campus fees be refunded back to students.

USC has also been hit with several lawsuits after refusing to return campus fees as well.

All universities in California have been running classes virtually since Mid-March.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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