COVID-19 FAQ

I am in the process of applying to a program at UCLA Anderson, but my GRE/GMAT test has been postponed. How will that affect application deadlines?

Will in-classroom instruction resume in the fall?

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At this time, we are planning for on-campus operations to be back to normal in the fall quarter.

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Can I continue to contact Anderson employees?

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Under the City of Los Angeles’ “Safer at Home” order, employees must work remotely. All are reachable via their email addresses.

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Is there a timeline for when we will start to make decisions regarding summer programs, or will they be made on a program-by-program basis?

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At the moment, we are approaching summer planning on a program-by-program basis.

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Financial Aid

Will financial aid packages be impacted in any way by the move to remote learning?

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No, financial aid packages are not impacted.

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Spring Quarter Scheduling

Is it possible to extend the March 20 deadline for spring quarter fees?

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Is it possible to extend the March 20 deadline for spring quarter fees?

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Do students have an option to defer progress/enrollment until next year?

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MBA students do have the option to defer. If you are in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or greater), you may request a leave of absence (LOA) until the end of the second week of the spring quarter. Anderson has requested an extension of that deadline through the Graduate Council, and we expect to hear a decision very soon.

Your leave may be for one quarter or longer. Full-time MBA and FEMBA students can re-enroll as early as the following quarter. EMBAs, whose curriculum is more lockstep, usually must wait a full year to resume studies. Of course, please note that an LOA may delay your graduation date.

Once your leave expires, you must re-enroll in classes to preserve your status as an active student. If you have already paid fees for any part of your leave period, you will receive a full refund.

MFE and MSBA students may have the opportunity to defer on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with your program directors.

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Summer and Fall Quarter Scheduling

Will in-classroom instruction resume in the fall?

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At this time, we are planning for on-campus operations to be back to normal in the fall quarter. If the remote learning mandate is lifted by the end of the spring quarter, we will also offer summer electives to our FEMBA, EMBA and UCLA-NUS students.

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Remote Learning

How will the program ensure that the online experience is on par with the in-person experience?

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Our faculty is working diligently to ensure that remote learning will be an excellent student experience. We have considerable experience in remote learning through our FEMBA and EMBA programs, and are applying best practices across all curricula.

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How will students be able to effectively participate in remote learning?

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Class participation through discussions and team projects will continue to be a critical factor in remote learning. Videoconferencing, webinars and chat-based online discussions will be standard. We will be using a variety tools to support student participation, such as Zoom, CCLE, Microsoft Teams and Slack. All of these tools allow for full-class or small-group interaction. If you need help with any of these tools, please contact ACIS at it.servicedesk@anderson.ucla.edu. We also welcome any suggestions for additional tools, as we are eager to put all best practices to work for us.

Beyond the technology, students should be ready to engage in a remote format and work with faculty and classmates to facilitate open discussions of concepts, case analyses, frameworks and real-world applications in an online format. This means you should make sure you have a good Internet connection, you are free from distractions, you monitor your CCLE course website regularly and you provide feedback to the professor or TA about the experience.

For your reference, here are some suggestions on how best to prepare for and participate in remote learning.

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Will online classes be recorded, or is it mandatory for us to be present during the live sessions?

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As noted above, many classes will have synchronous and asynchronous components. Talk with your professors to see what they are planning and what flexibility they might be able to provide for you.

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For students who are not able to sit in front of a computer for an extended length of time, what options are available to break classed up into smaller chunks?

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Professors will “break up” continuous online viewing by incorporating group breakout sessions, interactive discussions, case-based instruction and problem sets for students to solve. They also will use more asynchronous videos and exercises to shorten continuous online viewing.

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Are online class sizes going to be expanded to allow those on wait lists to join?

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No, we are not planning to expand class sizes. This has less to do with physical space than the nature of the course and the need for optimal faculty-to-student ratios and class interaction.

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How do I connect to my online classes?

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Click here for Zoom instructions.

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Grading

Is any consideration being given to moving to a pass/fail grading system for the spring quarter?

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No, we are not moving to pass/fail grading next quarter. We understand that students may be nervous about course grading next quarter. In order to reduce the collective anxiety, we are waiving the traditional Anderson grade distribution (i.e., no more than 45% A’s, etc.) for spring quarter courses. Faculty will decide the grade distribution, and we are instructing them to use their best judgment in assigning grades and, when in doubt, to round up.

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Campus

Will campus buildings remain open?

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UCLA has suspended all on-campus operations, with the exception of those that are essential and cannot be conducted remotely.

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Placement

What happens if companies freeze hiring on internships and we don’t get an internship?

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Our goal is to help every student who needs an internship to get an internship. For full-time MBAs, the Parker Career Management Center (Parker) will be creative with its resources by expanding the career fair, sending resume books to companies and leveraging alumni resources. It will continue to help build company lists, create strategies, craft a great informationals, conduct mock interviews and help you make any decisions.

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What are the implications for students still searching for full-time jobs?

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As of now, the companies that Parker has contacted have all said that they plan to move forward with internships and full-time hires. They’re thinking through contingency plans on training and the actual work. A number of companies are still making internship and full-time offers. Other companies have frozen hiring for the moment. Parker is keeping an eye on that and communicating with peer schools to expand what we know about specific companies and general sentiment.

The important thing for students is to keep moving forward. Second-year students who attended our Just in Time hiring workshops may get a list and game-plan-building session with their advisor and Regina. They will help you find companies and contacts, and create focused informational requests.

According to Regina, the key right now is to have 40 to 50 informationals so that you are on the radar of your desired companies.

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Is it still appropriate to reach out to alumni and others we find on LinkedIn for informationals?

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Regina’s counsel is “yes.” She suggests that you use this week to create a list of companies you’d like to contact and then identify Anderson connections at those companies. Draft an informational request. Then go to Parker. They will work with you to run through the list, suggest new companies you may not have known and check over that informational request to make sure it is one that alumni would like to see. Straight from Regina: “You may find yourself making some new alumni friends and mentors along the way. But before you do it, make sure you’re primed well and correctly!”

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Community Engagement

Is the school planning anything innovative in terms of remote events or other options to keep the community connected and engaged?

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Yes, we are currently exploring many options both in terms of general events and topic-specific engagement. As we get past this first week of transition, we will dive deeper into the possibilities, which range from unique content and programming to community-wide service projects. We will share more as these ideas are fleshed out.

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Are we allowed to meet in private for study group events?

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You are not prohibited from meeting, but we discourage any gatherings of more than 10 people, whether on campus or in private.

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Commencement

Are we going to hold commencement as planned?

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Sadly, the chancellor announced that UCLA’s 2020 commencement ceremonies will be held virtually. We will work with student leaders to organize in-person celebrations at a later date. While it won’t be the same, we’ll work to make it memorable.

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International Students

Can I travel home to be with my support network?

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Yes. It’s your choice and you should make the best decision for you and your family.

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Will my F-1 status (I-20) or J-1 status (DS-2019) be terminated if I leave the U.S. to continue my full-time enrollment remotely from my home country?

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No. As long as you maintain full-time enrollment in the spring of 2020, the Dashew Center will maintain an active F-1 or J-1 status.

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What will happen to my F-1 or J-1 visa if I am outside the U.S. for more than five months?

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If you enroll full time for the spring quarter, complete all classes and have a valid visa and an I-20/DS-2019, we do not anticipate F- and J-visa cancellations if you intend to return to the U.S. for the fall 2020 quarter/semester or the summer session.

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Do I have to return to my home country?

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No. While the campus is taking precautionary measures to reduce the population density, F-1 and J-1 students may remain in the U.S. if they choose to do so.

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If I am in my home country, will I have to log in to live online class sessions, or will they be recorded for later viewing?

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We are encouraging professors teaching next quarter to make accommodations for students who need them. Reach out to your professors to let them know your particular situation and to discuss the best ways for you to participate in class.

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Are there restrictions on accessing online exams from outside the U.S.? Are there any IP address restrictions?

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No, there are no such restrictions.

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ON-CAMPUS “ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES”

What are “essential” campus activities under UCLA Anderson’s definition of the term?

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Essential activities are those functions that cannot be conducted remotely but are necessary to assure continuity of our core operations. Given our rapid transition to remote learning, ACIS personnel and faculty may need to be on campus at certain times. Building and custodial services will also continue on campus, but at a reduced level. All other functions must transition to remote working.

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Do faculty still have a choice to come to campus?

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We ask that faculty work and teach remotely unless there is a specific and urgent reason for them to be on campus. The process for employing some remote teaching tools, such as how best to videotape lectures, still needs to be worked through. We will report back with guidance on specific technological support as soon as possible.

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What administrative staff, if any, will remain on campus?

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ACIS and building services will have limited staff on campus, as needed. All other administrative staff will work remotely until further notice.

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REMOTE STAFFING

If classes will be conducted remotely throughout spring quarter, will we be expected to work from home the entire quarter as well?

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We must take direction from UCLA on that answer, but rest assured that we will not ask staff to come back to work on campus until health authorities determine that it is safe.

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What if a staff member is not equipped to work remotely?

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If we cannot enable employees to work from home because of the nature of their jobs, the UC Office of the President has developed expanded leave policies for employees, who should consult with their supervisors about use of these policies.

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Can we come on campus to move our office computers home for the time being?

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Yes, but you need to notify us when you plan to do so through this registry.

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How do we get into the Anderson complex if necessary?

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The campus will be open on a limited basis from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to support remote learning. Faculty and staff who need to be on campus will sign in at a security desk on the second floor of the D building (Cornell Hall), which will be staffed by a campus safety officer.

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When will campus be open again?

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We don’t know the answer to that yet, but we expect that UCLA will make a decision on session C of the summer quarter (August 3 – September 11, 2020) by early May, and on the fall quarter shortly thereafter.

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How will we determine when and how to come back to campus if COVID-19 is still active as a virus?

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That will be a very carefully made campus decision, no doubt directed by counsel from health authorities. Right now, the focus is primarily on a successful transition to remote learning and staffing.

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Can our locked office spaces be tended by any ops/custodial staff who access it? For instance, for sanitizing surfaces before we return, tending to plants, etc.

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Offices will be cleaned prior to people’s return to work. Unfortunately, our limited custodial services during this timeframe will not enable us to care for personal plants.

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT

How can we get training on remote tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams?

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Our ACIS team will help both teams and individual staff with questions and training on remote tools.

 

For Zoom: If you are not a frequent Zoom user, have never hosted a Zoom meeting, or are just unsure about your Zoom account in general, please navigate to ucla.zoom.us and use the Login to Zoom button to proceed. You will need to authenticate with your UCLA login ID. Once you’re authenticated, create (claim) your Zoom account and review the default settings assigned to your account and your profile.

 

If you want to set up a group training for your teams or have individual questions, please email the following contacts:

 

Zoom: michael.samojilk@anderson.ucla.edu

MS Teams: dave.george@anderson.ucla.edu

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Can we get Zoom Pro for the staff?

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We have a Zoom Pro license for all staff.

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ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

What is the new administrative leave policy?

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For staff who are unable to work because of issues related to COVID-19, the University of California’s Office of the President (UCOP) has approved 128 hours of administrative leave.

Following are the qualifying reasons that staff may claim administrative leave:

  • An employee is unable to work because of the employee’s own COVID-19-related illness or that of a family member;
  • An employee is unable to work because the employee has been directed not to come to the work site for COVID-19-related reasons and/or the work site has implemented a COVID-19-related remote-work program, or if the employee is under a stay-at-home order and it is not operationally feasible for him or her to work remotely;
  • An employee is unable to work because a COVID-19-related school or daycare closure requires the employee to be at home with a child or dependent, and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely or in conjunction with the childcare commitment.

Leave time may be claimed either in full-day or hourly increments.

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When do the 128 hours of administrative leave expire?

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They expire December 31, 2020.

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With administrative leave, do we have to use our own personal and sick days before we can use administrative leave?

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No, you can use administrative leave first and then tap into personal and sick days as needed.

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If we use the administrative leave, does it affect any retirement benefits or cause a “break in service”?

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No, it does not. All retirement benefits (including UCRP Service Credit, HAPC, and employee and employer contributions to the DC Plan) accrue as they would for regular service.

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FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE CRISIS

Is there a hiring freeze?

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There is not a hiring freeze, but we do ask that you hold off on new hires for now, unless you are very near to an offer. We will reassess our staffing needs at the end of April 2020.

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Will this crisis affect staff cost-of-living increases this coming year?

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Merit increases have not been discussed in any UCLA leadership meetings with school deans since the COVID-19 crisis began. Depending on how long this crisis lasts and its financial impact, it is conceivable that increases might be affected, but there is no indication of that at this time.

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Is there a chance we will be put on furlough?

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To date, that topic has not come up in any UCLA COVID-19 leadership meetings with school deans. Depending on how long this crisis lasts and its financial impact, furloughs are conceivable, but not being discussed at this point.

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OFFICE CONSTRUCTION

Will COVID-19 stop construction on offices yet to be occupied in the new building?

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Yes, because that construction is not considered an essential service at this time. Additional construction will be delayed until further notice.

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PROGRAMMING

Is programming still going to continue for those with access to the accelerator or part of the accelerator cohort?

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The UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator is continuing to offer its programming for its new cohort on a remote basis, and has also been working with Wolfen Award recipients, BCO teams and alumni of the accelerator. When possible, it will be making workshops or speakers available online to the broader Anderson community.

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IF YOU TEST POSTIVE FOR COVID-19

What’s the process for reporting if we contract COVID-19?

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If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor and follow his or her advice. If you can get tested, get tested. If the test comes back positive, we would appreciate it if you’d notify Jami Carman so that we can discuss how best to warn others who might have been exposed. If the decision is made to notify others, please know that your identity will not be revealed.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

What can we all do to support UCLA Anderson?

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Right now, the most important thing to do is to support and look out for each other. Keep a spirit of generosity. Continue to be patient, flexible, creative and compassionate.

 

Our focus on “One Anderson” and shared success has never been as critically important as it is now.

 

One new and important initiative is the establishment of an internal labor market, which is being led by Fredrik Leuhusen. The idea is to creatively pool our resources so that the areas that need additional support can get help from areas with staff capacity. Team leaders have been asked to notify Fredrik of any needs for support and also of any ability to lend support. fredrik.leuhusen@anderson.ucla.edu

 

Professors Corinne Bendersky and Cassie Mogilner-Holmes are leading a second initiative focused on community-building. They welcome any ideas you might have on how to maintain and build a sense of belonging at Anderson, even though we are physically distanced.

corinne.bendersky@anderson.ucla.edu

cassie.holmes@anderson.ucla.edu

 

We also are committed to serving the wider community around us. Let us know what you might already be doing to support others, and please share any ideas you might have for how Anderson can work together as a community to help those in need.

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How can we support UCLA Health during this crisis?

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The biggest need now is for personal protection equipment (PPE). Nearly all hospitals are lacking the supplies they need to safely care for the volume of patients anticipated. Our community is helping in a number of ways, here are just a few:

  • Judy Choe (FEMBA ’22) and classmates Sarah Anderson, David Monnat and Caleb Maxson have led two weekend drives to collect PPE to donate to local hospitals. They gathered approximately 2,000 N95 masks, 50 boxes of surgical masks, 50 boxes of gloves and 150 reusable shields and goggles. Follow @PPEDrivesSaveLives for further collection announcements.
  • Four DOTM professors have formed a task force that is working with UCLA Health to address the critical operational, logistics and supply chain challenges the hospital is facing.
  • Our alumni relations, development and Price Center leadership are spearheading an effort to reach out to alumni and their companies to obtain PPE.
  • Tim Kawahara, Elaine Hagan (’91) and Trish Halamandaris (’92) are helping make essential supply and manufacturing connections for a UCLA Health and UCLA Samueli School of Engineering team working to design, prototype, test and manufacture protective gear using a device called PAPR, which purifies contaminated environment to deliver clean air.

 

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Given the remote working orders, how can I verify if someone has graduated from UCLA Anderson?

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You can access UCLA’s detailed third-party verification instructions for confirming alumni status.

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