Frequently Asked Questions for Students

We will update this page and our responses as we receive more questions, and as we receive guidance from Yolo County and the State of California. Because health guidelines are being updated on an almost daily basis, please check this FAQ regularly to see if answers to your questions have changed.

Campus Resources

How will the campus support students remotely?

The Academic Assistance and Tutoring Center will offer its full range of services remotely for the 2020-21 school year. There will be synchronous and asynchronous options for classes, workshops, office hours, individual tutoring and writing appointments.

Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center will be offering in-person, remote and hybrid services for students.

UC Davis has a program to provide loaner laptops for students in need. Please complete the Student Laptop Checkout Request and sign the accompanying agreement.

For mental health support, students can talk by phone or video conference with UC Davis counselors. These appointments can be arranged through Health-e-Messaging or by calling Counseling Services at 530-752-0871. Students will receive instructions on how to download the Therapy Assistance Online platform (TAO) and sign in to connect with their counselor for the appointment.

The TAO platform also offers a library of self-help videos and interactive resources on various topics. Aggies need to use their @ucdavis.edu email to access them. Podcasts and You Got This workshops aimed at strategies for helping you cope with COVID-19 changes are available through our Skills Workshop page.

If you are interested in group services, schedule a One Time Visit with one of our counselors via the Health-e-Messaging portal or call 530-752-0871 to discuss your options.

Crisis Consultation Services are also available by calling 530-752-0871. Drop-in consultation services have been suspended; if you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. 

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Will I have access to the library?

The UC Davis Library is sharing information about plans for fall quarter on its website. The information addresses building hours, availability of collections (including remote access), study spaces, access to Wi-Fi, librarian assistance and other special services.

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What do I do if I qualify for academic accommodations and have concerns about the impact that remote instruction may have on me?

Please contact the Student Disability Center for any questions or concerns related to requests for accommodation, approval of services, or equitable access to educational programs.

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Will I be able to find a job on campus?

While getting a job or internship may be more competitive this year, on- and off-campus opportunities are available. In fact, the increase in remote work has opened up some additional possibilities for students — wherever they are. Check out the postings in Handshake, an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers. The Internship and Career Center offers workshops to help students pursue their goals, including some that are focused on interviewing and working remotely.

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Will I get to conduct research or participate in an internship?

There are opportunities for internships, student jobs and research experience, though most would be done remotely for now. In fact, the increase in remote work has opened up some additional possibilities for students — wherever they are. Check out the postings in Handshake, an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers.

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If campus is open, will all student resources be available in-person or will some be open and others remote?

Student services such as academic advising, the Internship and Career Center, Campus Recreation, Global Learning Hub and many others will continue to offer services remotely and through on-site operations in compliance with public health guidance. We recommend checking with the department or service directly regarding their current status.

All campus spaces, such as libraries, on-campus study spaces and computer labs, the Memorial Union and the Coffee House, will be operated in compliance with public health guidance to include physical distancing and mandatory use of face coverings.

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Are case managers still available through the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs?

Yes. case managers are available to support students struggling with challenges and crisis-related issues that interfere with their academic and student life success. OSSJA non-clinical case managers receive information, identify resources, reach out to students and follow up so that students receive assistance with their needs. OSSJA case managers are not licensed counselors and do not provide therapy. They do not replace the critical role that Student Health and Counseling Services has on our campus to help students, but they do serve as an important point of contact for students or anyone who is concerned about a student.

For more questions or more information, please contact the OSSJA Virtual Front Desk during business hours (M-F from 9:00AM-noon and 1:00-4:00PM), email sjareception@ucdavis.edu or call 530-752-1128 to leave a voicemail. To initiate contact with a case manager, please complete a Public CARE Report.

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What is the status of Study Abroad programs?

Based on UC guidance and recent advisories from the CDC, UC Davis has suspended all its international and U.S.-based study and intern abroad programs through summer. Specific details and resources have been sent to students who enrolled in programs so that they can plan for other opportunities. For more information on UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) programs visit the UCEAP website.

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Is the Global Learning Hub still operating?

While study abroad has been canceled until December 2020, the Global Learning Hub offers many other services such as Virtual Global Internships, Virtual Global Community Engagement opportunities, and global professional development programs. Please visit the Global Learning Hub webpage to discover all programs or email globallearning@ucdavis.edu to set up an advising appointment.

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Is the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) open?

Due to a state mandate, the ARC will be closed until further notice. For information regarding all Campus Recreation programs and facilities please visit the status and updates page on the Campus Recreation website.

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What remote resources are being offered by Campus Recreation?

To support students during suspended in-person operations, Campus Recreation has created Aggies at Home, featuring virtual programming and resources from all of our units. Aggies at Home includes online workouts, nutrition advice, self-care and wellness resources, instructional videos highlighting fun indoor and outdoor activities, advice on studying and working from home, managing your free time, and more. You can find these great resources on the Campus Recreation website, Instagram and Facebook pages, and YouTube channel.

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How will students get the college experience remotely? How will clubs and organizations function?

Many registered student organizations, or RSOs, are committed to hosting events and serving the community in various ways throughout the pandemic.

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What sort of fun extracurricular activities will be available?

While on-campus gatherings are not permitted, students will find opportunities to meet through remote activities including the undergraduate Orientation program, Graduate Student Orientation, a student organization fair, and even sorority and fraternity recruitment. The Rec Pool is open for lap swimming, the Equestrian Center is offering private riding lessons and Outdoor Adventures is renting equipment for kayaking, camping, rock climbing and more.

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Will I still be able to practice and/or compete as a student athlete?

UC Davis prioritizes the health of our student athletes and community. If athletics activity is able to proceed safely, UC Davis will strictly adhere to state, Yolo County and campus health protocols. In addition, conference- and sport-specific protocols and schedule adjustments may be established. Student athletes who have questions should contact their coach for more information. The Big West Conference announced July 29 that fall sports competition will be delayed until at least January 2021, with the exception of women's and men's basketball. The Big Sky Conference announced on August 7 that football is postponed to spring 2021.

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