2019 Summer Session Guide

Dear Students,

We are thrilled to have you! I hope that you take full advantage of this fantastic campus all summer. Nestled between the redwoods and the ocean, UC Santa Cruz is the perfect setting for an outstanding academic experience. Here’s to your holistic growth and productive summer! 

Monica Parikh, Ph.D


  • Information about Summer Session Move In

    All on-campus Summer Session students live at Porter College. Move in dates: 

    Session 1, 8-Week, and 10-Week - Sunday, June 23 
    Session 2** -  Sunday, July 28

    Before move in, consult the What to Bring and What Not to Bring to College guide on the housing website for how to pack for residence hall living. UCSC is committed to environmentalism, read the Green Tips - for living sustainably at UCSC.

    If you cannot move in during the allotted times above, you must contact the Summer Housing Coordinator at summerhousing@ucsc.edu to get approval for late arrival. If you do not get pre-approval for a late move in and arrive after 1 p.m. on Sunday you will need to contact the RA on Duty. They will meet you at the Housing Office. We ask, however, that you make your best effort to arrive during the designated move-in times.

    For other Summer Housing questions, visit: https://housing.ucsc.edu/summer/session/index.html

    **If you are part of the Summer Academy: First Year, please refer to your specific Academy Guide.

  • Getting to Porter College

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    Maps to campus can be found at maps.ucsc.edu

    Directions from the base of campus:

    The campus address is 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
    Porter College is located within the northwest area of UCSC. Enter through UCSC's West Entrance, located at the intersection of Empire Grade Road and Heller Drive.

    Proceed along Heller Drive following the signs for Summer Session move-in. 

  • Internet on Campus

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    eduroam is the encrypted wireless service at UC Santa Cruz that allows students, faculty, staff, and visitors from other participating institutions to connect securely to the Internet. How to Use eduroam

    ResWiFi is the encrypted network service offered to UCSC students living on campus in the residential halls. How to Use ResWiFi

    How to contact ResNet? email resnet@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-4638

    Office Locations:
    Rachel Carson College, Room 258
    Stevenson Casa 11, Room 125

  • Transitional Housing

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    UCSC students who live on-campus and need continuous housing between the academic year and summer session (spring-summer transition and/or summer-fall transition) can apply for transitional housing through Student Housing Online (studenthousing.ucsc.edu).

    Spring-Summer Transitional Housing: Spring-Summer Transitional Housing students move from their spring housing assignments to summer session housing on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. To be allowed to stay in your spring assignment until that time you also need to request a contract extension (studenthousing.ucsc.edu).

    Summer-Fall Transitional Housing: Summer-Fall Transitional Housing is available to students who live in Session 2 or 10-week summer session housing and also have a fall housing assignment. Students in Summer-Fall Transitional Housing are automatically signed up for the Early Arrival Program and will relocate to their fall residence at the conclusion of transitional housing. Additional early arrival fees apply.

  • UCSC Student ID

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    Every UCSC student needs a University issued ID card. If you are a new student who needs an ID,  you will need to visit the ID Card Services Office on the second floor of the Bay Tree Bookstore building located in Quarry Plaza, next to the Express Store. 


    ID Card Services Office is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will need to bring the following to pick up an ID:

    1. A photo ID (Government issued ID required along with Student ID number*). No hats or sunglasses. If you are under 16 and do not have a photo ID, bring your high school ID. Digital photos of IDs are not acceptable. 

    2. Enrollment verification (ID Card Services will verify enrollment via their system, but you can bring a print out if you have it).

    *Current students: If you do not know your ID number, go to MyUCSC>my student center>student advising summary.

  • ID Card & Summer Sticker Quick Reference


    You Are: ID Card Pick Up Summer Sticker Pick Up
    Visiting student
    (just here for the summer)
    ID Card Services office anytime after June 24 ID card will come with a summer sticker on it - you're done!
    Fall Admit
    (first year, transfer, international)
    ID Card Services office anytime after July 23 ID card will come with a summer sticker on it - you're done!

    Current UCSC student
    (staying for summer classes)

    You should already have a student ID Summer Session Office (140 Hahn) anytime after June 24.
    Do not go to your college.


  • Summer Sticker

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    Your student ID will need a valid quarter sticker. All Summer Session students (session 1 & 2) can get their summer sticker starting on June 24. 

    Your Student ID and Summer Quarter sticker serves as your:

    Food Service/Slug Point/ Flexi Dollar Card
    Recreation Facilities Pass
    Library Card
    Santa Cruz County Metro Bus Pass

    Tip: The first time you visit the library, stop by the Circulation desk and get your library (ID) card activated (UPC code on the front of your ID card is your library check out number)

  • Summer Dining

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    Summer Dining Website (bookmark for most up-to-date information). 

    Meal Plan Tips:

    Your Slug Points are valid from the first day of the housing contract period through the last day of the contract period. Slug Points are non-transferable, non-refundable, and do not carry over to the academic year. First and Last Meals and Dining Regulations: Dinner will be the first meal served in the campus dining halls on the day residences open for the contract period. Breakfast will be the last meal served on the final day of the contract period. If you have questions, refer directly to your Summer Session Housing contract or email housing@ucsc.edu

    Plan for Evening Classes: If you get out of class after 7 p.m. plan on using your slug points at a Perks Coffee Bar or College Eight Cafe before 5 p.m. to pick up a to-go dinner as most dining halls close at 7 p.m.

    Flexi Dollars:
    Students who don't have Slug Points can purchase Flexi Dollars, which provide a convenient way to pay for food using your student ID card and discounted entry to the dining halls.

  • Books & Classes

  • Books and Classes

    Go to slugstore.ucsc.edu, click on Textbooks on the left. Summer Session textbooks are now available to order!

    You can also visit the library Course Reserves and search for course materials by course code, instructor, or title. 

    Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students may be eligible to utilize the Textbook Lending Library (TLL).  

    You can find your class schedule and room locations in your MyUCSC portal. For details on how to navigate your portal visit https://summer.ucsc.edu/studentlife/my-ucsc.html

    Instructors will usually communicate with you via your UCSC email address. It is important that you set this up as soon as possible and check it regularly!  

  • Learning Support Services

  • Learning Support ServicesSummer small group tutoring is available. Check supported classes and learn how to sign up on the Learning Support Services website.

  • Athletics & Recreation


    Athletics & Recreation is where you'll find the gym and summer FitLife group exercise classes. You will need a summer sticker on your ID (as mentioned above) in order to use the facilities over the summer. 

    Summer Hours start 6/24
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm

    Pool closed for summer. 

  • Getting Around Campus

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    Finding a certain classroom can be difficult! These online maps are a convenient way to search for classrooms, departments, and other facilities from your smartphone or laptop.

    UCSC is a walking campus. Use UCSC’s amazing network of paths and trails for the most direct route from place to place on campus. Walking can be much quicker than riding shuttles. Remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes with you. Campus walking maps are also available online at taps.ucsc.edu/commute-options/walking.html. 

    Summer Shuttles - Operated by TAPS (Transportation and Parking Services) these “loop” buses (white) to get from one place to another ON CAMPUS when walking isn’t an option. No need to show your student ID on campus shuttles. Campus shuttles are free! For the most up to date information and summer schedule, visit https://taps.ucsc.edu/buses-shuttles/summer-shuttles.html

    A UCSC student created Slug Route - slugroute.com to track loop buses.

    Metro buses (blue) to go to OFF-CAMPUS destinations. Have your student ID card with a current summer sticker ready to show the driver (or pay a $2 fare if no ID). Note: Metro policy prevents drivers from allowing items over 5 feet in length (including surfboards).

    Transportation Accommodation Authorizations

    The DRC can authorize parking and/or Disability Van Service accommodations for those who have a legitimate disability-related need for that assistance.

    The Disability Van Service is operated by Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) and can provide door to door service throughout campus free of charge with authorization from the DRC.

    For those who have DMV handicapped placards or cannot use the Disability Van Service for disability-related reasons, parking authorizations can be obtained from the DRC. For more information on campus policy regarding disability parking, go to Disabled Parking.

    If you use a wheelchair or have problems with stairs or hills, check out the ADA Compliance website to find out more about campus access, including the UCSC Wheelchair User’s Survival Guide. This guide shows the most accessible routes on campus.

  • Cars & Parking

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    During the summer all students are allowed to keep a car on campus, but you must have a valid parking permit in order to avoid tickets. We strongly recommend purchasing your parking online in advance to avoid LONG LINES!

    Summer Session students can purchase parking permits for the campus remote parking lots only. Remote lots are frequently served by campus shuttles. You can purchase permits: daily, weekly, monthly or by session.

    Visit the TAPS Summer Session Parking website for more information and rates, or go directly to the application here

  • Bikes

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    All bikes operated on the UC Santa Cruz campus must have a current California bicycle license. For a free bike license take your bike to the UCSC Recreation Department, upstairs at the East Field House. Summer hours are posted at recreation.ucsc.edu. Phone: 831-459-2806

    Bike Lockers: 24 “smart” bike lockers are available at six UCSC locations including: OPERS (north of building entrance), Baskin Engineering (east end of building), Engineering 2 (east end near Baskin Circle), Science & Engineering Library, Porter, Coastal Science Campus. These lockers are operated as part of the Bikelink network, and a fee of $.05 per hour will be collected at the locker. The maximum rental time for any one rental period is ten days. Only a bicycle and its accessories may be stored in the locker. To purchase a BikeLink card for use of the bike lockers, register online at bikelink.org.

    Fixit Bike Repair Stations: Fixit bike repair stations include all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance right on campus. Fixit stations are located at Baskin Engineering, Main Entrance Transit Stop, McHenry Library, Performing Arts parking lot, and OPERS.

    Electric Bikes: Electric bikes can park at any of the campus bike racks that are located near UCSC buildings.

    Metro Bus Bike Racks: Buses are equipped with front-loading bike racks that carry three bikes at a time. Bikes are not allowed inside buses. Bikes can be loaded and unloaded at all stops. Don’t forget your helmet!

    Bus/bike tips:

    - Try to sit towards the front of the bus. You can keep an eye on your bike and get off at the front exit, so you can get to your bike quicker.

    - It helps to tell the bus driver you’ll be getting your bike off the rack when you exit the bus (this can prevent bus drivers from leaving before you get your bike off!)

    - If you forget your bike on the bike rack, go to the Metro Center downtown. There is usually a security officer there and you can tell them what your bike looks like and they’ll look for it in the back (lots of people forget about their bikes).

    ACCESSIBILITY: All campus transit buses are lift-equipped and accessible to disabled passengers. Contact: taps@ucsc.edu or taps.ucsc.edu

  • Libraries

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    McHenry Library offers student-centered hours and a variety of individual and group study spaces spread over five floors. The Science & Engineering Library will have limited access during Summer. The computer lab and study spaces on the entry level will remain open and accessible.

    For the most up to date schedule, visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/libraryhours.

  • Advisers & Academic Resources

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    Summer is an excellent time to meet with an adviser. Hours vary by department, but they are available by appointment and/or drop-in all Summer long!

    Academic Resources

    College-level courses can be challenging, but there are resources to support your academic success.

    Learning Support Services (LSS) supports a number of Summer Session classes with either Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI), Small Group Tutoring or a combination of both.  See a list of currently supported summer classes here: lss.ucsc.edu/programs/supported-classes. You are guaranteed one hour a week of free extra tutoring through LSS. For more information, call 831.459.4333 or visit them at 221 Academic Resources Center (ARCenter). The ARCenter is a short walk away from the McHenry Library, the Music Center, and Theater Arts.

    Academic Excellence (ACE) Program will be providing support for Phys 6A and Phys 6C this summer. The ACE Program is an academic success program dedicated to increasing the diversity of students who graduate with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through academic support, peer mentoring, networking, and community building. For more information, call 831-459-5280 or email ace@ucsc.edu.

  • Career Center

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    UCSC employs over 4,000 students in part-time positions such as lifeguards, research assistants, tutors, programmers, tour guides, and more!

    The UC Santa Cruz Career Center is a one-stop resource center and they offer Summer Session students access to on-campus, summer-only jobs.

    Student Employment
    On-campus non-work study and work-study jobs, and frequently asked questions.

    Internships & Volunteer
    Reasons, resources, sites, and advice on volunteering and internships.

    Diversity Career Sites
    Career sites for students of color, disabled, LGBTQ, veterans, women and international students.

    Undergraduate Research Positions
    Get involved in undergraduate research in all disciplines both on and off campus.

    Contact: 831.459.4420 or career-center@ucsc.edu

  • Health

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    Located across from Colleges Nine and Ten, the Student Health Center provides quality health care focused on the particular needs of students. All registered students have access to the Student Health Center regardless of their insurance plan.

    Our facility is staffed by board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses. Students are seen by appointment and in Same Day Clinic. In case of emergencies, either during the day or after normal operating hours, please call 911.

    The Student Health Center offers routine medical appointments, same day care, counseling & psychiatry services (CAPS), optometry, health promotion programs (SHOP), X-ray, and full laboratory and pharmacy services on site.

    A list of summer services and hours can be found at http://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/location/index.html or call (831) 459-2211

    24 Hour Nurse Advice Line: 831-459-2591

  • Resource Centers around Campus

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    Check out some of the fantastic resources for you at UCSC this summer:

    African American Resource & Cultural Center (AARC)

    American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)

    Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC)

    Cantú Queer Center

    Disability Resource Center

    Queer Cruz

    Santa Cruz Diversity Center

    UCSC Women's Center

    Walnut Avenue Women's Center

  • Getting Off Campus

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    Ride the Santa Cruz Metro buses! They’re FREE with your Student ID. Showing a valid UCSC Student ID card provides students unlimited rides on Santa Cruz Metro buses. For the most up to date route information, visit scmtd.com/en/routes/schedules. Notice that the schdules vary between Summer and the rest of the school year.  

    The metro station is located downtown on Pacific Avenue and is the first and final destination of local bus routes. Routes 3-8 will take you around the East and West side of Santa Cruz. Routes 10-20 will take you to campus from various parts of town. Routes 69-71 will take you to the Capitola Mall and Aptos/Soquel/Watsonville area.

    Tip: Transit is a useful smart-phone app that will give you public transportation and walking routes from point A to point B. This is an easy way to get used to bus schedules and plan routes around town.


    Here are a few popular routes for getting off campus to explore Santa Cruz, the beach, or downtown.

    Route 10 UCSC VIA HIGH STREET is the fastest, most direct route to downtown Santa Cruz. Destinations along Route 10 include: 7/11 (High St. & Cardiff Terrace), many local churches, The Abbey Coffee Lounge, Trader Joe’s (Front St.), CVS (Front St.), and all downtown businesses.

    Route 16 UCSC VIA LAUREL EAST will help get you to destinations along Mission St. (near Bay St.) and downtown. 

    Route 19 UCSC VIA LOWER BAY takes longer to reach downtown. After leaving campus, Route 19 buses travel down Bay St. all the way to West Cliff Drive (they do not turn onto Mission St.). After passing the wharf, beach, and Boardwalk area, this route continues on to downtown Santa Cruz. Destinations along Route 19 include West Cliff Drive (scenic ocean walking/ bike path), Santa Cruz Wharf, Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz Pier/Boardwalk.

    Route 20 UCSC VIA WESTSIDE longest route to downtown. Route 20 buses are not ideal for downtown as they take longer. Destinations along Route 20 include: Western Drive, Natural Bridges State Beach, Long Marine Lab and the Seymour Center [free with student ID with valid sticker] (0.3 mile walk from Delaware Ave/Natural Bridges stop), 2300 Delaware (a UCSC facility).

    Route 66-69 depart from Lane 4 of the metro center and drop you off right in front of Capitola Mall.

    Getting Back On Campus
    Buses run less frequently during the summer. Although it is the shortest, the last Route 10 bus leaves the metro station at 6:50p.m. M-F and 5:50p.m. Sat and Sun so other routes must be taken to get back up to campus after that. Route 16 UCSC VIA LAUREL EAST runs the latest. The last Route 16 bus leaves from downtown to campus at 11:15pm M-F and 11p.m. on Sat and Sun. Please be aware that this is the last Metro bus up to campus for the night.

  • Getting to the Bay Area and Beyond

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    Going to San Jose? Catch the Highway 17 Express. $7 CASH to ride.

    Highway 17 Express buses travel between the Santa Cruz METRO bus station (downtown Santa Cruz) and the San Jose Diridon Train Station, providing connecting service to Amtrak Capitol Corridor and Coast Starlight trains, CalTrain, and VTA buses and light rail.

    From San Jose to Peninsula Cities (including San Francisco)

    At the San Jose Diridon station take a Northbound Line/San Francisco Caltrain to get to any of these peninsula cities: Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, Hillsdale, San Mateo, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, South San Francisco and San Francisco. The Caltrain fare chart is available at caltrain.com/Fares/farechart.html. The Caltrain system map is available caltrain.com/stations/systemmap.html.

    More information on getting to airports and other cities can be found at on the TAPS website.

    Carsharing and Ridesharing

    Zipcar - zipcar.com/ucsc

    No need to bring a car to Santa Cruz! Zipcar is an innovative, membership-based car rental program that gives you self-service access to vehicles on and off campus, 24 hours a day. Licensed drivers 18 years of age and older are eligible to apply.

    Zimride - zimride.com/ucsc

    UCSC subscribes to Zimride, a ride-matching service just for UCSC students and employees. Use this service for single-use trips like getting to the airport or going home for the holidays, as well as regular rides to off-campus locations.


  • Hate Bias Resources

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    The University of California, Santa Cruz is a community, which requires the free and open exchange of ideas and the widest possible range of opportunity in the pursuit of knowledge in order to thrive. We are committed to maintaining an objective, civil, and supportive community, free of coercion, intimidation, dehumanization or exploitation. —Hate-Bias Policy, Appendix M, Student Policies and Regulations Handbook

    If you believe you have witnessed, or that you have been a target of, a hate- or bias-motivated incident on campus or while participating in a University-sponsored activity, you may bring the incident to the attention of the Hate/Bias Response Team: 

    Fill out an electronic or a paper reporting form:  UCSC Hate- or Bias-Motivated Incident Reporting Form (online) or UCSC Hate- or Bias-Motivated Incident Reporting Form (pdf)- you can print and submit this form by email, fax or by dropping it off at the Dean of Students office: (831) 459-4446 or reporthate@ucsc.edu

    You may also report directly to the UCSC Police Department - 831.459.2231

    for emergencies   - dial 911

    UCPD Anonymous tip line(voice mail only) 831.459.3847

  • Title IX

  • The Title IX Office encourages anyone to report a possible violation of the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment as soon as possible after its occurrence, in order for appropriate and timely action to be taken. Under the policy, sexual violence includes sexual assault, dating, and domestic violence, stalking, and invasions of sexual privacy. When the Title IX Office receives a report it can assist in creating safety utilizing no contact directives, accommodations (housing, transportation, academic, and employment), and other interim safety measures as needed. Please note that all UC employees are required to report sexual violence and sexual harassment against a student to the Title IX Office. When the report is made by a third party, Title IX staff will reach out via email to the potential complainant to inform he/she/them of their reporting options and the resources and safety measures that are available. 

    The Title IX Office can assist complainants with alternative resolution as well as a formal investigation. Generally, the Title IX Officer will follow the request of the complainant when deciding whether to initiate a formal investigation. In situations where the Title IX Officer deems that an investigation is necessary to mitigate potential risk to the campus community, the Title IX Officer may initiate an investigation without a formal complaint; however, the complainant(s) can choose whether or not to participate in the investigation.

    The Title IX Office conducts an investigation to determine whether the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment was violated and will make recommendations for discipline. To make a report or for more information about Title IX administrative procedures and options, contact the Title IX Officer, Tracey Tsugawa at 831.459.2462 

    For information and resources related to sexual violence please visit safe.ucsc.edu

    You may also report sexual violence directly to the UCSC Police Department - 831.459.2231

  • Principles of Community

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    The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to promoting and protecting an environment that values and supports every person in an atmosphere of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism and fairness. UCSC expects that every campus member will practice these Principles of Community.

    We strive to be:

    Diverse: We embrace diversity in all its forms and we strive for an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment.

    Open: We believe free exchange of ideas requires mutual respect and consideration for our differences.

    Purposeful: We are a participatory community united by shared commitments to: service to society; preservation and advancement of knowledge; and innovative teaching and learning.

    Caring: We promote mutual respect, trust and support to foster bonds that strengthen the community.

    Just: We are committed to due process, respect for individual dignity and equitable access to resources, recognition and rewards.

    Disciplined: We seek to advance common goals through reasonable and realistic practices, procedures and expectations.

    Celebrative: We celebrate the heritage, achievements and diversity of the community and the uniqueness and contributions of our members.

    We accept the responsibility to pursue these principles in an atmosphere of personal and intellectual freedom, security, respect, civility and mutual support. UCSC is committed to enforcement of policies that promote the fulfillment of our Principles of Community.