Campus Status and Operations

Students walking to the Memorial Union

UC Davis is committed to the health and well-being of our community. We have a dedicated team working to inform our campus response, and we are working closely with local and state public health departments and the University of California Office of the President.

Campus Status

The Davis campus is currently at "reduced operations" in a gradual reopening. Updates to the campus operation status can be found on the Finance, Operations and Administration website.

Campus Operations

UC Davis is committed to keeping the campus community healthy while learning, living, teaching and working. The campus has implemented a number of protocols in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, some of which have been highlighted below. For a complete overview of all of the guidelines for fall, read the Campus Ready Plan.

  • UC Davis has a new public health policy (Interim 290-01) for all affiliates and visitors that outlines requirements they must follow, including enforcement and discipline. The policy requires participating in the university's screening processes, including completing a Daily Symptom Survey before entering a university-managed facility; wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, following the County Public Health and California Public Health guidance restricting gatherings and assisting in the contact tracing process. 
  • Employees and students must report their positive COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as any positive test result received by someone with whom they share a residence. The number of reported cases for the Davis campus is updated regularly by Occupational Health and the Student Health and Wellness Center.
  • All lectures and discussion sections will be held remotely for undergraduate students and for most graduate students. If allowed, we will offer a limited number of in-person classes with educational objectives that can only be met through in-person instruction. These classes will follow strict public health guidelines related to required face coverings, physical distancing, disinfecting surfaces and ventilation systems, among others.
  • Each department must create a plan specific to its worksite that meets required health and safety guidelines, including enhanced sanitization processes.
  • Student Housing and Dining Services will ensure living spaces in residence halls address physical distancing protocols and implement a multifaceted approach to minimize risk in dining halls.
  • UC Davis has established a COVID-19 testing program. Students will be tested as part of the move-in process with Student Housing and Dining Services, and then should expect to be tested at least weekly throughout the quarter. After the pilot phase is complete, this saliva-based testing will be opened up to all students and employees working on the Davis campus.
  • Visit the UC Davis Flu Vaccination Information page to learn more about the influenza vaccination requirement and flu clinics that will be provided on campus in September and October.
  • Customers, colleagues and partners can find the operational status of various campus services on the Finance, Operations and Administration website.

Gatherings, Meetings and Events

On January 12, the State of California lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order for the Greater Sacramento region.  As a result, Yolo County is back to the Purple Tier. All gatherings must also be held outside in the Purple Tier, and indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in Red, Orange and Yellow Tiers. Yolo County guidance also includes a maximum of 3 households and 16 attendees for any outdoor gathering. UC Davis will continue not to allow events or gatherings on our campuses or in our facilities, except as noted below. Based on these new recommendations, campus guidance for off campus events and gatherings will align with the Yolo County guidance.

Gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged. If you must gather, off-campus gatherings restrictions for all students include:

  • no more than three (3) households with a max of 16 people, including host
  • must be held outdoors in the Purple Tier; outdoor space should be large enough to allow attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times from those not in their household
  • maximum duration of 2 hours or less
  • designate a host or organizer who maintains an attendance list with contact information in case contact tracing is needed later
  • maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people you don’t live with
  • wearing a face covering at all times (see complete Yolo County guidance for exceptions)  
  • practice healthy hygiene habits with frequent hand washing and not sharing items
  • minimize food or beverage sharing 
  • do not attend any gathering if you have symptoms of illness or are at high-risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19

UC Davis will continue to support events/gatherings on campus that are related to our mission or public health. For example, blood drives and EMT courses are the types of events UC Davis approves on an exception basis.

Additional UC Davis Guidelines

These guiding documents support the Campus Ready Plan with additional details related to administrative operations, student life and research laboratories: