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As campus moves to remote operations for Spring 2020, here is some additional information for Humanities Graduate Students navigate this new reality.

Updated 04.03.2020

For campus updates specific to COVID-19, please visit

For campus updates regarding available services to students during Spring 2020, please visit

For Graduate Division updates, please visit

Thank you for everyone’s patience as we transition to virtual operations for Spring 2020. This page is intended to provide information the Humanities Office of Graduate Study (OGS) believes to be particularly helpful for our Humanities Graduate Students. As additional questions/answers are available, we will be sure to update such information here. Topics are listed in alphabetical order.

During this period of virtual operation, OGS staff will be available Monday through Friday from 9am to 12pm, 1pm to 4pm. The best mode to contact us is via email; we are also available for meetings via Zoom.

Amy Fujitani, Director of Graduate Study

Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia, Assistant Director of Graduate Study

If you feel as if you need accommodations in order to support your online instruction or to support your completion of coursework, please contact Disability Service Center (DSC) at

The traditional 2020 Commencement ceremony has been cancelled. Campus leadership is looking into alternative ways to commemorate all students completing degrees. For up-to-date information, please visit:

Continuity Messaging
To see all archived campus messaging regarding educational continuity plans, please visit

Emergency Funds
The School of Humanities has established an emergency relief fund for our graduate students negatively impacted by the disruptions caused by Covid-19. To qualify, students must be registered full-time (12 units) for the Spring 2020 quarter in an MA, MFA, or PhD degree program within the School of Humanities, and complete the application form available here:

To ensure that additional funding support will not negatively impact a student's existing financial aid package, awards will be determined in consultation with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Whenever feasible, funds will be issued as a fellowship stipend, however the School will provide reimbursements to students if we are unable to process a stipend.

As we have limited funds available, awards will be determined based on immediacy and need. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. The second round application deadline is Monday, April 13 @ noon.

Additionally, AGS has special travel grants for those seeking to leave campus.

Establishing California Residency
For students planning to declare California residency for the 2020-2021 academic year, and are planning on returning to their permanent residences outside of the state of California Spring 2020 quarter, the Registrar’s Office will not count this time away from campus against their residency petitions. If you anticipate your absence outside of the state to extend beyond Spring 2020 quarter, please contact the Residence Deputy ASAP at:

Graduate-related Paperwork & Deadlines:
All degree-related paperwork will be managed electronically. Please coordinate with your Graduate Program Coordinator regarding workflow for securing required signatures.Health Insurance
Provided that students are registered full-time and have paid fees for Spring 2020 quarter, student health insurance via GSHIP will remain active. For students seeking care outside of Irvine, contact the Student Health Center for a list of referrals in your area:

All on-campus housing locations sent an email to residents regarding the ability to break their lease in order to return during their permanent residences for the remainder of the academic year. For students who terminate their leases and are part of the guaranteed housing program, their housing guarantee will be reinstated upon their return. For updates related to on-campus housing, please visit:

International Students
For up to date information, please refer to the International Center FAQ page:

Please contact Arielle Hinojosa-Garcia for any forms or documentation related to your visa.

Library Access
UCI Libraries has moved items to remote access during their building closures. For more information, please visit:
  • Library Archives Dissertation Filing: As the Library is no longer open to the public at this time, all students filing a thesis/dissertation for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 quarters will need to file electronically. Please be sure to review formatting requirements for the thesis/dissertation at:
  • General Software: Humanities has purchased licenses for Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat. If you need access to this license, please contact our Humanities Computing Facility at:
  • Scanning: Through the Adobe Acrobat License, you will have access to the Adobe Scan App which allows you to use your phone or tablet to take pictures and create Adobe PDFs.
  • Video Conferencing: Campus has secured a license for Zoom for all faculty, students, and staff that includes additional capabilities beyond the free student account. If you have already set up your account prior to this license, log in to Zoom via and your account should automatically update to the licensed product.
Teaching Support for Distance Learning
The Humanities Center launched a Humanities Teacher Lab to assist TAs with managing their courses remotely:

WIFI: Off-Campus
Please visit for a list of available internet options.

If you are experiencing performance issues with your internet access, please visit