Support during difficult times

To: UC Santa Cruz Students

From: Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer and Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education Richard Hughey

Dear Students,

We understand the stress that many of you may be experiencing; the addition of the fires on top of an already difficult year has been a challenge. Please know that we want to support you as you navigate these difficult times.

Many of you are taking classes during Summer Session. The fires may be impacting you or loved ones, making it difficult or impossible to join scheduled classes, to complete work, or find a quiet location to participate in class or do assigned work. If this is the case, please be sure to be in touch with your instructor about the class when you are able. I have encouraged instructors to be flexible in this emergency situation.

The fires may also be impacting your instructors or teaching assistants. Some classes may not be held as scheduled, or there may be other impacts to your course. Your instructors will work to ensure that all students are able to achieve the learning objectives of the course, but there may be some adjustments in end-of-term work or schedule where necessary.

Depending on your circumstances, it is possible to request an Incomplete (I) grade from your instructor. Instructors can assign Incomplete (I) grades when work is of passing quality but is not yet complete. Undergraduate students receiving an Incomplete (I) will have until the end of fall quarter, December 18, 2020, to complete the work; graduate students will have until the end of fall quarter 2021 to complete the work.

Although the Withdrawal (W) deadline is passed, undergraduates in emergency situations can request a late Withdrawal (W) grade if they are not able to complete the class. UCSC undergraduate students should discuss this option with their college advisor; visiting students should discuss this with the Summer Session Office ( Note that many staff are also being affected by the fire, and we appreciate your patience as we all navigate this difficult time together.

The campus has ongoing information about the fire, including additional resources for students, faculty, and staff, at In addition to support services offered by staff in our colleges and resource centers, Counseling and Psychological Services provides assistance for students.