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.

Student Health and Counseling

Will I be able to access health care at Student Health and Counseling Services?

Yes, Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) remain open for students. Visit the Health-e-Messaging portal for most medical and mental health appointment scheduling.

  • Medical visits: Schedule a telephone visit through the Health-e-Messaging portal to initiate care. Speak with a Student Health Center nurse during normal business hours or the after-hours nurse advice service by calling 530-752-2349.
  • Mental health visits: Please review the COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Flyer for more information about mental health appointments, crisis support and self-care that is available, based on where you are residing this fall.

Looking for more information or additional services? Please review the Student Health and Well-being Resources flyer for a complete list of available services.

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What mental health resources are available?

Regardless of where students are residing for the fall, there are a variety of mental health resources available. Please review the COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Flyer for more information about mental health appointments, crisis support and self-care.

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Do I have to complete the Daily Symptom Survey?

Everyone — students, employees, visitors — must complete a Daily Symptom Survey before entering a university-managed facility. A daily symptom survey is a requirement for all UC Davis-operated facilities anywhere in California and serves as a reminder to pay attention to your symptoms.

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What do I do if I become sick?

Students who are sick or have questions about COVID-19 or other conditions are encouraged to contact Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) for a telehealth visit with a nurse or medical provider for further assessment and advice. Make an appointment online or call 530-752-2349.

SHCS is testing for COVID-19 in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Yolo County Public Health testing guidelines. Viral testing is prioritized for hospitalized individuals and for investigation and management of outbreaks, under the direction of state and local public health departments.

Testing is then prioritized for all other individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, close contacts of confirmed cases and high-risk individuals who are asymptomatic but fall into key demographics as identified by CDPH. Testing, especially testing for asymptomatic individuals, is also based on local laboratory capacity and resources.

Insurance companies are covering COVID-19 testing in most circumstances when medically indicated. If a registered student obtains medically indicated COVID-19 testing at SHCS, there will be no out of pocket cost to that student for that test.

Information about COVID-19 testing in Yolo County is available on the county’s website. Please note that participants must be residents of the county and present proof in the form of a document displaying their name and address, such as a driver’s license, ID card, utility bill or rental agreement. The California Department of Public Health also offers help to find testing sites.

Students should also communicate with their instructor and advisors to provide any relevant updates and coordinate regarding any impact their illness may have on their class work.

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Will testing be required for students?

UC Davis is establishing a rapid screening and testing program. Students living on campus will be tested or will need to provide proof of testing within the prior 72 hours as part of the move-in process with Student Housing and Dining Services, and then are expected to be tested at least weekly throughout the quarter. After the pilot phase of the UC Davis program is complete, this saliva-based testing will be opened up to all students and employees working on the Davis campus.

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What happens if I’m diagnosed with COVID-19?

If a student tests positive or a doctor diagnoses a student with COVID-19, the student should call Student Health and Counseling Services at 530-752-2349 so that we can be aware and coordinate care if needed. In addition, please follow the campus reporting protocol to report a positive test or diagnosis for COVID-19.

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How do I know if I need to isolate or quarantine?

Directives for UC Davis students to isolate or quarantine will be provided by Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), including students who live off campus if they do not have appropriate options at their primary residence. The university is setting aside isolation and quarantine facilities. UC Davis has also worked with local housing complex owners to assist them in establishing isolation/quarantine space within their properties.

SHCS staff will notify and consult with each individual for health care, symptom monitoring and contact tracing and support will be provided by SHCS and Student Housing and Dining Services. Support will include health care, housing, dining, instructional support and other services as needed.

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What should I do if someone I know has COVID-19?

The campus has a reporting process by which it reviews confirmed cases of COVID-19 and responds to those concerned about a member of the campus community having COVID-19, whether on or off campus. Employees and students at the Davis campus must report a COVID-19 diagnosis, as well as any positive test result received by someone with whom they share a residence. Follow this brief guidance to report a positive case or concern to by emailing reportcovid@ucdavis.edu.

You can report possible COVID-19 cases by using the campus reporting protocol.

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What should I do if someone in my household is sick with possible COVID or has been diagnosed with COVID?

Students who may have had contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should call Student Health and Counseling Services at 530-752-2349 for an appointment with an RN or provider, during which they will be evaluated and given direction consistent with public health recommendations. Depending on their situation, the student may be moved to a quarantine space, asked to self-quarantine in their current living space, or asked to monitor their health.

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Will parents be allowed to come pick up their students in residence halls if they become ill with COVID-19?

If a UC Davis student is quarantined or isolated, they must remain within their rooms for the duration of the quarantine or isolation in compliance with state and county public health guidance from July 24. The campus will provide isolation rooms and food services for students living in on-campus housing. One of the purposes of the quarantine or isolation is to prevent any potential, further spread of COVID-19. This guidance may change based on guidance from county and state quarantine and isolation mandates.

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Will suspected cases of COVID-19 be shared to help eliminate concerns about possible risks to others?

For the health of our community, the campus has a reporting process by which we review confirmed cases of COVID-19 and respond to those concerned about a member of the campus community having COVID-19, whether on or off campus. Employees and students at the Davis campus must report a COVID-19 diagnosis for themselves or someone with whom they share a residence. Follow this brief guidance to report a positive case or concern by emailing reportcovid@ucdavis.edu.

A team of medical and administrative staff has been established to offer guidance to the affected individual and ascertain risk to the campus and appropriate steps, while continuing to balance the need for privacy.

Anyone identified within our campus community as being at risk of exposure from these individuals will be notified if they need to quarantine and/or self-monitor for symptoms.

A website provides some basic information about reported cases for the Davis campus and their status.

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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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What are the benefits of getting the flu shot?

Benefits of the flu shot include:

  • It can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
  • If you do get the flu after getting the flu shot, the symptoms are likely to be less severe.
  • Aside from helping you stay healthy, the flu shot also reduces the chances of you having to see your healthcare provider for flu-related concerns, which helps our healthcare system have resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • It helps protect the people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
  • For more information on flu shot benefits, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website.

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Does the flu shot work?

According to the CDC, recent studies show that flu shots ​generally reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%. This varies from person to person and season to season. Even if someone gets the flu shot and still gets the flu, several studies have shown that people who get the flu shot do not get as sick as people who do not get the flu shot.

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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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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 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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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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Classes and Instruction

Where can I access information about COVID-19 academic policies?

The Academic Senate recently announced updates to academic policies regarding final exams for undergraduates and Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) deadline extensions for undergraduates and graduates, respectively. Details are provided on the Academic Senate website. Please also refer to the Academic Advising section of the Campus Ready Student FAQ for factors to consider before electing to take a course P/NP.

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What is the guidance to students for remote learning?

While this journey on remote learning is still relatively new, our students and faculty are on this path together. Your instructors are likely using a combination of Canvas, Zoom, email, and other web-based tools to offer remote instruction. To navigate this new learning environment, please review the Remote Learning Strategies available on the Keep Teaching website.

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What do I do on the first day of class?

  • Log into Canvas by the first day of instruction. If your instructor is using Canvas, you should be able to see your class. You can check earlier, but it may not be visible before the first day of instruction.
  • Instructors who are not using Canvas should contact you via email. If you don’t hear from them, email them.

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What do I need to prepare for Zoom?

While you may find it useful to sign up for a free Zoom account, you do not need one. You can use Zoom on a computer or a smartphone device.

  • To begin: click the meeting link that you receive, let the Zoom software/app download, follow the prompts, and you will enter into the remote session or virtual waiting room.
  • You’ll need: minimally audio functionality, ideally a webcam for video functionality on your end, stable internet connection, and a quiet place.

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How do I access WiFi and/or technology, such as a webcam, to take classes and proctored exams?

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. The campus is also providing support for WiFi and/or other technology needs. More information can be found on the Keep Teaching website.

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Will classes be exclusively remote? Which ones will be available remotely versus in-person? Can I see that in Schedule Builder?

We advise you to check Schedule Builder to see which classes have been designated “remote” for fall quarter. All lectures and discussion sections will be held remotely for undergraduate students and for most graduate students. For classes without that label, we are still carefully evaluating which of them we can offer in-person, depending on public health guidance. We recently received the state’s guidance for higher education—and we are reviewing it now.

If allowed, we know we will be offering a limited number of in-person classes and only those with educational objectives that can be met only through in-person instruction (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. Once approved, these classes will be identified in Schedule Builder and we will notify students that the designations have been added.

In addition to indicating whether each class will be offered only remote or have an in-person component, Schedule Builder will also specify whether it will be offered asynchronously to accommodate students living in other time zones.

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Can I take classes exclusively remotely even if the campus is open?

Yes, for fall 2020 you can choose to enroll only in courses that are being offered remotely.

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If I have personal health concerns how will I participate in in-person classes? How will professors respond if I still don’t feel safe to come to in-person classes?

While limited in-person course offerings will follow rigorous safety guidelines, if you have additional health or safety concerns, please contact the Student Disability Center for assistance and support. We also recommend you consult your advisor regarding your individual academic plans.

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How will courses with labs be conducted? How will studio courses (art, theatre, design) be conducted?

This is being decided on a course-by-course basis after careful review of safety plans, as well as justifications for in-person classes. While we hope to offer some laboratory sections in person, the lectures will still be offered only remotely. Courses requiring in-person attendance will follow campus as well as county and state public health policies concerning protective equipment, physical distancing, room occupancy limits, cleaning protocols, etc.

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How do I access my books?

All of your textbooks, lab manuals and faculty-created readers are included in Equitable Access for just $199 per quarter when you pay your student fees. For additional information including how to opt out, please visit the Equitable Access Student FAQ. Textbooks available in digital format will be provided as e-books. To access your e-books, click on the Bookshelf option in the Canvas navigation menu. If you do not have a posted class on your Canvas page you may access your e-books through the account menu on the top left of your main Canvas page. Required textbooks that don’t have a digital equivalent are also included at no additional cost. Printed textbooks and other materials may be picked up at the Campus Bookstore or shipped if you are unable to pick up your books in person. We are unable to predict shipping delays due to COVID-19. Therefore, if you are able to visit the Campus Store, picking up your printed textbooks in person will be the most efficient option.

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Will students have access to professors and office hours?

Instructors will continue to hold regular office hours via remote means. If you have scheduling questions about office hours, contact your instructor.

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Are there going to be caps on class sizes if they are offered remotely?

Most remote courses will still have caps, though the caps may be higher than the equivalent in-person class. Courses must maintain reasonable enrollment caps to prevent overloading the work of instructors, teaching assistants and readers.

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Will professors be lenient if students are feeling ill?

Instructors are encouraged to provide reasonable accommodations for students who are feeling ill. Students testing positive for COVID-19 or with COVID-19 symptoms should not attend in-person classes and should seek treatment at Student Health and Counseling Services. Please also follow the campus reporting protocol. For students attending class remotely, please contact your instructor if you are unable to attend a particular class or classes due to health reasons.

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Will professors be accommodating of students in different time zones or with varying levels of access to consistent Wi-Fi or a home computer?

Instructors with students in different time zones and with synchronous presentations have been advised to take time differences into consideration.

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Should I focus on general education courses if things are remote and save STEM classes for when I can take them on campus?

We encourage you to continue making progress toward your major, but please consult your advisor regarding your individual academic plans.

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How do I decide what classes to take?

Please consult your advisor regarding your individual academic plans.

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Will remote online classes be recorded?

This is at the discretion of your instructor. Instructors are encouraged to record class sessions if it is feasible and appropriate for their course.

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Will any courses be offered in both remote and in-person modes?

We are not planning to offer courses where some students join remotely and other students attend in person. All students in a course will receive the same method of instruction.

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Can students enroll in an in-person course after the quarter has started if the enrollment cap has already been met?

Students will not be able to enroll in an in-person course that has already reached capacity. Please talk to your instructor if you are unable to be on campus by the start of the quarter.

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What will winter and spring quarter look like?

We are hopeful that the campus will be able to transition towards an increasing proportion of in-person courses during winter and spring 2021, but it will depend on county and state public health directives in place at that time. We aim to inform students about plans for winter 2021 by early November.

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If I need additional help with classes, who can I turn to?

Please consult with your advisor or instructor regarding your individual situation.

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Academic Advising

Where can I find academic advising information?

Your college and/or major department advising offices:

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How do I schedule an appointment with my academic advisor?

Schedule appointments per usual through your appointment system. Students within the College of Biological Sciences can schedule appointments through BASC. All other students can schedule appointments through the Advising Appointment System.

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Can I schedule an in-person appointment?

In order to comply with campus and community directives, academic advising will only happen remotely. No in-person meetings will occur. You will be able to connect via Zoom or phone.

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What are the factors to consider before electing to take a course P/NP?

Important factors to consider include:

  • A “P” is equivalent to a C- or better. P/NP grades are not used in GPA calculations.
  • Taking a course P/NP could have important implications for future graduate school admissions. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading. If you have applied or are applying to a graduate program, please check with that program for information on how P/NP grading may affect your application.
  • No course units are awarded for a NP. If you receive a NP, this could drop you below minimum progress or affect academic probationary status. This could also affect the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculation, which determines your eligibility for future financial aid.
  • Veterans who receive financial assistance may have a strong motivation to take classes for a letter grade, as the receipt of a grade such as a “NP” can retroactively impact financial aid. Some branches of the armed forces require that students maintain a 2.0 or higher, or make progress toward degree completion; the P/NP option may hinder the ability to maintain this threshold. These are complex issues and students should consult closely with their advisors or the Veterans Success Center.

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How do I change my grading option?

Use Schedule Builder to follow the regular process for changing your grading option.

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Can I change from P/NP back to a letter grade?

Yes. You can opt for P/NP grading in a course, or revert back to letter grading, up until the P/NP deadline. For Fall, the deadline is December 11, 2020.

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Will taking a class P/NP impact my GPA?

P/NP grades are not factored into the GPA calculation.

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Will taking a class P/NP impact my time to graduation?

That depends on whether a letter grade in the class is required by your major or college. Additionally, courses in which you receive an “NP” grade yield no units toward graduation.

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I am repeating a course after taking it for a letter grade. Can I take it P/NP?

No.

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I am not in good academic standing. Can I take a course P/NP in Fall 2020?

Normally, you must be in good academic standing to take courses P/NP. For Fall 2020, you may petition your dean’s office for approval to take specific courses on a P/NP basis.

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Who should I talk to if I’m not sure what to do?

You should start by contacting your academic advisor in your Dean’s Office (or BASC, if you are a College of Biological Student) or your major advisor if the course you are considering changing to P/NP is specifically required for your major. Don’t panic if you cannot get an appointment with an advisor right away. Remember, you don’t need to make this decision immediately. The deadline to opt for P/NP grading, or to revert back to letter grading, has been extended to the last day of instruction for Fall2020 (December 11, 2020).

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Financial Aid, Tuition and Work-Study

Will my financial aid/scholarships be affected if fall quarter is virtual?

Housing is one of the factors used to calculate the cost of attendance, so changes in where you choose to live may affect the amount of financial aid available to you. For example, living with parents is less expensive than on-campus housing. Estimates for different living options can be found in the Undergraduate Cost of Attendance.

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Can I request a change to my financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year?

UC Davis understands that the financial circumstances of some families have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected students — both incoming and continuing — may file an appeal for revision to financial aid. Information about appealing for a revision of financial aid is on the financial aid website. The campus offers the Financial Aid Net Price Calculator to help undergraduates estimate how their financial aid may change based on new circumstances.

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Will work-study positions still be available? Will they be available for remote work?

Staff from Financial Aid and Scholarships are working with work-study employers, both on and off campus, to determine what positions will be available for in-person and/or remote work. The university has authorized more job functions to be eligible for remote work, and campus departments are actively looking to make more student positions available for remote work.

A student’s eligibility for work-study is displayed in the MyAwards portal. Handshake, an online platform where UC Davis students and alumni can connect with employers, indicates which job postings are work-study positions. Onboarding and hiring for some positions can be done remotely. The work-study website and FAQs provide more information.

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How does Pass/No Pass grading from the spring 2020 quarter affect my financial aid?

The transition to a Pass/No Pass (or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grading system may affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress, standards that a student must meet to be eligible for financial aid. For more information, please see the FAQs for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

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Will CARES Emergency Relief grants be available?

The student grant component of the CARES ACT provided one-time funding. Of the $16.9 million available for UC Davis students, most had been disbursed by July 1 with some remaining for students enrolled in Summer Sessions II. For more, visit the CARES grants reporting page and our CARES Act FAQs.

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Who can I contact for financial aid help?

To contact Financial Aid and Scholarships, please use Contact an Expert. To address a high volume of inquiries, the office is focused on responding to Contact an Expert inquiries. For quick answers to common questions, please visit Financial Aid and Scholarships FAQs.

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If I have a work-study job, how will I get my paycheck?

For UC Davis work-study jobs, students should sign up for direct deposit to their bank account at least one week before starting the job.

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What is the status of tuition and mandatory fees?

Tuition and systemwide fees are set by the Regents for all UC campuses, and most campus-based fees are generated through a student-involved referenda process. Tuition, systemwide fees and most campus-based fees are not increasing this year. More information regarding campus-based fees is included in this recent post. Some or all instruction for all or part of Academic Year 20-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the Academic Year. 

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What are tuition and mandatory fees being used for?

Mandatory university charges for tuition and student services continue to help cover ongoing operations including the delivery of instruction and the cost of student services such as registration, financial aid, remote academic advising and mental health services. Our teaching continues, even as its method of delivery has changed. Students are connecting with and learning from world-class faculty, completing coursework, earning full course credit, and making progress toward an immensely valuable UC Davis degree. UC Davis student services continue to be available to students via remote options including academic assistance and tutoring, student basic needs and mental health, internship and career services, fitness and wellness programs, and many more to ensure that the term remains a very powerful and enriching one for our students. More information can be found in the Campus Resources section of the Student FAQ.

Some campus-based fees were established to support certain efforts like the Health Services Fee, which is paying for many essential health services. Others were established to maintain the safety of buildings or other facilities when necessary for the health and safety of students—e.g., to address seismic deficiencies. Even as UC campuses such as ours have adjusted limited aspects of their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, other offerings and services have expanded, and the costs associated with the services that campus-based fees are intended to cover continue.

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What is the status of Course Materials and Services Fees?

With the campus providing remote delivery of instruction for fall 2020, UC Davis is continuing to suspend all undergraduate and graduate Course Materials and Services Fees that are tied to specific courses. Course Materials and Services Fees associated with DVM, MBA, and MD programs, which have a different structure (generally charged at the program level instead of the course level), will not be suspended. Please note that you may see the fees reflected in Schedule Builder, however, the fees described above will not be charged in the billing process.

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Housing and Dining

If the numbers of COVID-19 cases increase, will campus suspend operations again? If operations are suspended, what happens to students living on campus? Will they be able to stay?

If the campus is ordered by public health officials for any reason to further reduce occupancy in our housing facilities, Student Housing will work to house any students that do not have alternative housing available to them, while staying in compliance with any mandates laid out by campus, county or state health officials.

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Will parents be allowed to come pick up their students in residence halls if they become ill with COVID-19?

If a UC Davis student is quarantined or isolated, they must remain within their rooms for the duration of the quarantine or isolation in compliance with state and county public health guidance from July 24. The campus will provide isolation rooms and food services for students living in on-campus housing. One of the purposes of the quarantine or isolation is to prevent any potential, further spread of COVID-19. This guidance may change based on guidance from county and state quarantine and isolation mandates.

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If housing is not guaranteed, will I get my deposit back?

Because many students rely on us for their housing and meals every year, Student Housing and Dining Services is committed to being open this fall.

However, if campus receives public health guidance to reduce housing density for fall quarter due to COVID-19, we may have to work with students to cancel their housing contracts. Students who choose to or are asked to cancel their contracts will have their reservation fee credited to their student account. If needed, additional details on the cancellation process will be provided. Contract cancellations, except when mandated by public health guidance related to COVID-19, are subject to the contract cancelation policy outlined in the housing contract.

Student Housing and Dining Services sent students with a Residence Hall Contract an email on July 8 with complete cancellation information, including fees and deposits. Please review this email for specifics regarding cancellation details and associated fees. Residents have also received subsequent communications regarding updates to the cancellation deadline.

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Will I still have roommates in the residence halls?

Student Housing and Dining Services has modified housing density for residence halls to align with public health guidance, and we are planning to offer single-occupancy bedrooms for 2020-21. Residents will pay the double-occupancy rate. We are working with our campus partners to help aid qualified students in situations of financial distress. If this applies to you, please email the Student Housing and Dining Services office for assistance.

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What is physical distancing going to look like within the residence halls?

Pending public health guidelines, common spaces such as living rooms will be open; however, physical distancing still needs to be at least 6 feet or greater at all times. Each resident will be assigned to a specific restroom. In addition, face coverings must be worn at all times whenever you are outside your bedroom.

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What will physical distancing look like in the dining commons?

At this time, we anticipate most students will take their food to go; we’re currently looking at offering online orders with “curbside pickup” as an option to streamline to-go meals. We also hope to have limited indoor seating, with seats spaced 6 feet apart, and are looking into the feasibility of table reservations to streamline dine-in services. To-go service is available at all dining commons, while dine-in service will be available only to students living in that residence hall area (for instance, Segundo residents will dine in Segundo Dining Commons only). In addition, face coverings must be worn on campus, including inside the dining commons, with the exception of when eating at the table.

There will be no self-serve or buffet style in the dining commons and seating will be reduced. Residents can order lunch or dinner to-go and pick these up at a designated time using an app.

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What happens if someone in my residence hall gets sick with COVID-19?

If a residence hall student tests positive for COVID-19 or is diagnosed by a physician, guidance will be given by the Yolo County Health Department and UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). The student will be temporarily relocated to an assigned isolation space for a time period defined by public health authorities and CDC guidelines (typically 14 days).

Students who may have had contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 will be evaluated and given direction by SHCS. They will either be moved to a quarantine space or asked to monitor their health.

Isolated and quarantined students living on campus will be provided food and health care for the duration of their isolation or quarantine.

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Will there be contactless ways to access spaces that require a student ID?

Spaces requiring AggieCards for access are contactless. For example, accessing the Dining Commons is done by contactless swiping through a card reader before walking into the Dining Commons; accessing residence halls themselves, as well as their computer centers, is done by swiping the AggieCard through a card reader to unlock the door. There are no interpersonal contacts required for access. Students should continue to wear their face coverings and allow appropriate physical distance between themselves and others at all times.

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How will decisions be made about who gets to live in the residence hall if there are room caps?

Currently, Student Housing and Dining Services can house all students who have housing contracts.

We are currently developing protocols for establishing housing priority in the event public health agencies direct us to reduce housing density. We will share these protocols once they are finalized.

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What happens if my child is quarantined because they have or were exposed to COVID-19? Can I come get them?

If a UC Davis student is quarantined or isolated, they must remain within their rooms for the duration of the quarantine or isolation based on state and county public health guidance. One of the purposes of the quarantine or isolation is to prevent any potential, further spread of COVID-19. This guidance may change based on guidance from county and state quarantine and isolation mandates.

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Should I come live on campus or stay at home? When will I know if I have any in-person classes that would mean I should come and live in Davis?

Please review the information provided in the Classes and Instruction section regarding remote and in-person instruction. We recommend students make the best decision for their academic goals and personal health. Decisions will almost certainly vary for each student.

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What is the guidance for students who live in Sol at West Village, The Colleges at LaRue, 8th and Wake, Russell Park, LaRue Park, Co-ops, fraternities or sororities?

These properties are not owned by the campus and have their own housing policies. Please contact your building/house manager for details. In the event your current housing will close down and you do not have other options or would prefer to stay in Davis, please e-mail the Student Housing and Dining Services Office for assistance in securing a university housing contract.

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What is the guidance for students living in private, rental housing?

We know many of you are struggling with your plans for private housing in Davis, on and off campus. In a recent joint statement, UC Davis and the city of Davis outlined our efforts to provide support and resources on housing issues. In addition, we encourage you to review the City of Davis eviction moratorium and economic relief measures that have been extended through Sep 30 and the Yolo County’s Eviction Prevention Ordinance will remain in effect for 180 days after public health and local emergencies are terminated. 

If you live in a privately-owned and managed residence, you are responsible for paying rent for the remainder of the term of your lease unless your landlord has provided a written confirmation that the full rent is not due. We recommend you contact the person or company who manages your lease to understand your options.

Students may also access the following resources for additional help:

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What do I do if I am experiencing a housing crisis or may lose housing?

If you are experiencing a housing crisis or may lose housing, please contact the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center for support. They offer a variety of housing resources, including:

  • Emergency shelter and transitional housing 
  • Housing assistance grants
  • Rent Subsidy Program
  • College Focused Rapid Rehousing Program

Resources can be accessed by submitting a Basic Needs Assistance Form.

For more specific information about Student Housing and Dining Services, please visit housing.ucdavis.edu.

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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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International Students

What does UC Davis plan to do to support their international students given new guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?

The University of California, representing UC Davis and the other UC campuses, pursued legal action opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SEVP guidelines for fall 2020 (announced July 6 and 7). However, the situation has been changing. Continuing F-1 international students in the U.S. can pursue up to 100% remote courses without having to leave the country, and continuing F-1 international students outside the U.S. can take remote classes while remaining in status. Incoming students are subject to additional government restrictions at this time, and UC Davis is committed to ensuring there are plenty of in-person or hybrid course offerings to help them satisfy the government’s requirement. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) continues to recommend that students currently in the U.S. not travel abroad if they intend to return to Davis for fall quarter. Please work with your SISS Advisor if you have questions about your plans for fall. For more information visit the SISS webpage.

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Where can I find assistance if I have technical problems while taking classes remotely from my home country?

Please visit the Keep Teaching student resources page for assistance with remote learning.

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Will international students who cannot travel to the U.S. in fall be able to learn effectively in their courses if they are all offered remotely?

UC Davis is enabling substantial flexibility to provide all students the opportunity to succeed, excel and thrive in their courses, whether remote or in-person. Faculty are mindful of the varied circumstances that students will be facing — for example, students taking courses in different time zones or without sufficient internet access — and will make reasonable adjustments to address them. Faculty are encouraged, as appropriate, to record lectures and discussion sections, offer flexible testing and promote an inclusive learning environment.

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If I go home and leave the country, will I be able to return to the U.S.?

This is difficult to predict as the situation remains dynamic. SISS continues to recommend that students currently in the U.S. not travel abroad if they intend to return to Davis for fall quarter. Be aware of U.S. policies on visitors traveling to the U.S. directly from certain countries, and be prepared to self-isolate upon arrival back in the U.S. Global Affairs regularly updates the campus travel announcements as new information from the U.S. government becomes available. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) within Global Affairs will work with international students to ensure they have the proper visa and travel documents and to update their term plans for fall 2020.

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Where can I find information about securing and maintaining employment as a teaching assistant or a graduate student researcher?

Guidelines for new and continuing international students are in development. It is imperative you stay in contact with your graduate program and Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS). Visit the SISS AnnouncementsSISS Student FAQ, and Graduate Student FAQ pages regularly for updates.

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Graduate Students

Information for Graduate Students

Please visit the Graduate Students FAQ provided by Graduate Studies. You can also view the COVID-19 information page for graduate students for updates on instruction and research, form submission and degree filing, leave and remote work and graduate studies events, specifically for the graduate student and postdoctoral scholar community.

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Prospective Students

If I defer, what are my next steps in regards to housing, financial aid and orientation?

Students who defer to fall 2021 will participate in Orientation 2021 activities beginning spring quarter 2021.

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Placement exams are conflicting with end-of-year exams. What are other options?

Placement exams are scheduled for multiple dates, so students are encouraged to plan ahead and choose dates that work with their end-of-year exams. The Office of the University Registrar provides links to all placement exam schedules.

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My school was closed and my final exams have been postponed. Will this affect my admission status?

In MyAdmissions, please tell us if your school or exam authority knows they will have difficulty meeting UC transcript deadlines as listed in your conditions of admission due to COVID-19.

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My school is unable to mail transcripts. What do I do?

The UC Davis website describes several options for sending official transcripts/documents. Please visit the website for updated information.

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