Students return to classes at UCI, but campus is virtually empty

Thousands of students started classes at UC Irvine this week, but the campus was nearly empty. Student housing is at 43% capacity, or about 6,600 students, and most classes are being conducted online because of coronavirus restrictions. The fall quarter will be almost entirely online with just a few undergraduate classes in-person, said UCI spokeswoman Sheri Ledbetter. Freshman Jenifer Peiris said … she felt lucky to be in the dorms. “Being here and being able to study, that’s my real goal,” she said, adding that she felt safer at school than being at home with family. [Access the Orange County Register here:]