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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19

We have received several questions recently regarding COVID-19 and the USP Department. Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions as well as resources for students.

What is the Department of Urban Studies and Planning doing to protect students and the community from COVID-19?

The USP department is prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We are following all guidance coming from the Chancellor’s office. We are moving our operations online as much as possible and all USP department classes will be online in Spring 2020. We will keep our website up to date with any additional information specific to our department.

Are there any USP courses that will be offered in person during Winter 2021??

Most USP Department courses will be offered online. The online tools used may vary depending on the course but you will receive more information from your instructors. Online courses are denoted in the Schedule of Classes with an RCLAS room number.

I don’t have a computer to use for attending my classes online. What should I do?

If you do not have consistent access to the technology needed to fully access remote instruction options, please use the form below to request a loaner laptop for the period during which you will be learning remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

You can email questions about the lending program to

Now that classes are online, can you increase the enrollment?

The university has made it clear that we are not allowed to increase enrollment. Courses are to be offered at the original intended sizes with the same number of faculty, TA’s, and UGIA’s.

Can I take my classes P/NP?

Ordinarily, a course must be taken for a letter grade in order to count towards the major or minor in Urban Studies and Planning or in Real Estate and Development. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is amending that policy for courses taken during the following quarters only:

  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Winter 2021
  • Spring 2021

This means that courses taken during the listed quarters that would count towards either major or minor will also count toward the respective major or minor if they are taken P/NP. This temporary policy is in effect for the academic quarters listed above only.

Important notes:

  • There may be additional university policies regarding P/NP grades. Please refer to UCSD's COVID-19 Academic Information for Students for more information.
  • While the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is accepting P grades for major courses taken in the quarters listed above, students should consider how P grades in major coursework will impact their major GPA and future graduate school applications before taking major coursework P/NP. 
  • If you have additional questions, please contact the USP Academic Advisor through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

What if I need to see the Academic Advisor?

We will still be offering advising; we are just moving online. You can find all the virtual advising information on the USP Advising Page.

Are there resources for students during this time?

Yes! You can find a full list of resources on UC San Diego's COVID-19 Information Page.


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