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 Operations

What are the requirements of the new Interim Public Health Policy and how will it be enforced?

The campus has developed two interim policies to implement important public health directives and address student conduct and discipline during the pandemic.

Reports of students or student organizations who allegedly violate campus policy, even when on private property, can be made to OSSJA for investigation. If a student is found responsible, students can face consequences including, but not limited to, censure, probation up to suspension or dismissal. Student organizations can face consequences including, but not limited to conditional registration, loss of privileges and revocation of registration status. To report an incident involving a student or student organization, please fill out the OSSJA Incident Report Form.

Visit the Public Health Policies & Requirements page for an overview of the policies, requirements and process for enforcement for students.

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If some classes are held in-person, what will UC Davis do in terms of health and safety measures?

In-person classes will be very limited in number, have fewer than 50 students per class and will be those where the learning objectives can only be accomplished in person (e.g., advanced laboratory skills, some studio or performance classes, or fieldwork). These classes will follow strict public health guidelines related to required face coverings, physical distancing, disinfecting surfaces and ventilation systems, among others. All lectures and discussion sections will be held remotely for undergraduate students and for most graduate students.

UC Davis is establishing a rapid screening and 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. This will enable the campus to identify people with active infections and have them self-isolate as quickly as possible to prevent further spread of COVID-19. See the Student Health section of the Campus Ready Student FAQ for details on symptom tracking, testing, reporting, isolation and quarantine.

We recommend students limit the frequency of coming to campus only when you have a specific need, such as attending an in-person class, going to your on-campus job, seeking medical services or testing, visiting the grab-and-go food pantry, conducting essential in-person research, or if you live in on-campus housing. To gain access locations on campus, all students, staff and faculty are required to complete the daily symptom survey and will need to be “Approved.” You should save a screenshot or print this approval, which is also sent to you by email, as you will need to present it at facility access points. If a student does not attain “Approved” status after taking the symptom survey, they will be asked to stay home, shelter in place and contact Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS).

We will also acquire, maintain and install critical equipment and supplies to minimize exposure.

  • UC Davis’ Supply Chain Management will procure and maintain a reserve of critical equipment and supplies for the UC Davis community to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
  • These supplies include reusable and disposable face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfection solutions, gloves and face masks.
  • The university also maintains temporary and permanent hand hygiene stations across campus in critical locations and maintains a digital map of locations.

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If I’m traveling from another state or country, will I have to self-quarantine before I can start participating in campus activities? If so, where and for how long?

For UC Davis-Sponsored International Travel

  • UC Davis travelers must avoid all non-essential international travel, to any country. For essential travel, travelers must notify the UC Davis Travel Security Review Committee at least 21 days prior to departure to request essential travel outside of the U.S.
  • UC Davis travelers are strongly advised against personal travel out of the U.S.
  • Per UC guidance, anyone returning from outside the U.S. must self-isolate for 14 days before returning to work or campus.
    • An exception: per recent UC guidance, asymptomatic health care workers returning from outside the U.S. are no longer required a 14-day quarantine.
  • Changing global regulatory circumstances may subject you to air or governmental restrictions affecting your return.
  • For more information specific to international students and scholars visit our Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) website or contact SISS at siss@ucdavis.edu.
  • Please review the Global Affairs Travel page for the most current updates.

University travelers are strongly advised against non-essential domestic travel. Several domestic municipalities also have quarantine requirements in place. Domestic requirements may change frequently.

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Do all students, faculty and staff have to wear face coverings while on campus?

Face coverings must be worn by students, academics, staff and visitors at all UC Davis locations. For indoor locations, the only exceptions are while eating or drinking or in private spaces such as dorm rooms, single-occupancy offices, showers and the like. For outdoor spaces, face covering should be worn when maintaining 6 feet of distance from others is not feasible.

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Will Unitrans still be running? If so, how will physical distancing work while on the bus? If not, do I need to bring my car?

As the University and City's public transit service, Unitrans plans to operate uninterrupted pending changing conditions. For the most up to date information, visit the Unitrans website or follow Unitrans on Facebook. Unitrans follows transit industry guidance and bus capacity is limited to 15 people or less to support physical distancing. Buses are on standby to help keep maximum capacity to 15, and face coverings are required on the bus. Cleaning takes place three times per day and includes surface disinfection and use of a fogging system. Additional mitigations include removing seats to reduce density, opening windows, replacing cloth surfaces with vinyl and limiting access through the rear doors.

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Will campus provide face coverings to students?

UPDATED: Complimentary Welcome Kits are now available for students to pick up at the Campus Bookstore, while supplies last. The Welcome Kit includes a branded face covering, hand sanitizer gel, hand sanitizing wipes, thermometer and a touchless door opener tool. Students will need to show their UC Davis Student ID to obtain one welcome kit. If you have lost or not been issued your Student ID, you may use a copy your class schedule and alternative ID with your name on it (driver license, credit card, etc) to pick up the kit. 

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Am I allowed to leave Davis and come back?

Non-essential domestic travel for the university is strongly discouraged. Several domestic municipalities have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in place. Keep in mind these restrictions and requirements change frequently.

Under current UC guidance, all non-essential university international travel is prohibited. In addition, domestic travel, especially by plane, is not recommended by the university until the COVID-19 outbreak has been mitigated.

Protocols are in place, managed by the UC Davis Travel Security Manager in accordance with UC Policy and advised by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State, to accommodate requests for UC Davis-sponsored international travel.

Under the current conditions all UC Davis-sponsored international travel plans and itineraries must be submitted to the UC Davis Travel Review Committee for approval. UC Davis-sponsored international travel will only be approved if it is related to life-saving research.

Students, academics and staff are strongly encouraged to limit personal travel to minimize exposure and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Upon returning from international travel, per UC guidelines, Aggies are required to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus and are expected to exercise personal responsibility to minimize contact within the Davis community during the incubation period.

More information is available at globalaffairs.ucdavis.edu/travel. Information specific to international students and scholars is available at siss.ucdavis.edu.

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Will flu shots be required of students, academic personnel and staff? Why?

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.

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