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Information for Students and Families

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This page will be updated as new information is available regarding plans for fall 2021. We encourage you to check this page regularly. The last revision was made on June 2, 2021.

Campus Ready Text Communications:
To keep students informed, we have launched a new Campus Ready text message series. With evolving state and local health guidance informing our campus response and directives, we felt it would be valuable to send text messages with key information, timely updates and reminders during the pandemic. Students will receive texts via the Everbridge platform that also distributes WarnMe and Aggie Alert messages. You should have been receiving text messages with the headline “UC Davis Campus Ready” since mid-November. If you are not receiving the messages and would like to, please update your contact information at the UC Davis WarnMe and Aggie Alert page.

Looking forward to fall 2021, the Provost provided an update on the preliminary guidelines for fall 2021 regarding instruction, international students, accommodations, housing and dining and vaccines. In addition, The University of California has proposed a mandated COVID-19 vaccination policy so that everyone will have ample time to obtain the vaccine ahead of the fall term. UC has also provided a Student FAQ regarding the proposed vaccine mandate.

Here’s what you need to know:

Instruction

Fall 2021:

  • As announced in the Provost's update, we are planning for instruction to be in-person with normal classroom occupancy. Students, faculty, and TAs should expect to participate largely or solely in in-person instruction. We will most likely continue to require all attendees to wear face coverings, but instructors will not be required to do so.
  • Students should be aware that there will be very limited remote course offerings, so it may be appropriate to take a leave of absence for fall if circumstances related to COVID-19 impact a student’s ability to attend class in person. More information about the Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) is available on the University Registrar webpage.
  • Students with personal health issues who cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine or who have other medical reasons affecting their ability to be present on campus in the fall are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Center to discuss possible accommodations. Please visit the Student Disability Center for information on the accommodation request process.
  • For international students, please see the International Student section below. 

Current Guidance/Resources:

  • Most classes will be held remotely, including all lectures and discussion sections for undergraduate students and for most graduate students.
  • The Keep Teaching website provides practical resources and strategies to help students and faculty navigate the remote instruction environment.
  • Remote and in-person course offerings are viewable on Schedule Builder.

Campus dining

Fall 2021:

  • We expect that on-campus dining facilities will operate at their full design capacities.

Current Guidance:

Campus housing

Fall 2021:

  • Since we are planning for instruction to be in person, we encourage all students to secure housing in the Davis or Sacramento area for the 2021-22 academic year as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.
  • We also plan to continue to have COVID-19 quarantine and isolation facilities available on campus for fall quarter. 

Current Guidance:

  • Residence hall spaces have been de-densified to align with public health guidance with single-occupancy bedrooms for 2020-21.
  • UPDATED 3/4/2021: As students are thinking ahead for Fall 2021, especially with regard to housing options, campus has provided guidance and resources to help with housing decisions. Campus is here to support students in their search for housing information and evaluating options and a full list of resources are available in the recent email sent to students.

Daily symptom survey

Fall 2021:

  • We expect that the Daily Symptom Survey will not be required for entrance into campus facilities beginning in the fall. Instead, compliance with vaccine policy and testing for all unvaccinated individuals will be managed through data collected in Health-e-Messaging.

Current Guidance:

  • All students, staff and faculty are required to complete the daily symptom survey and will need to be “Approved” to gain access to locations on campus. You should save the approved email you receive 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).

Events and gatherings

  • Please refer to the Event Guidance page for the current guidance for on and off-campus gatherings.

Face coverings and physical distancing

Fall 2021:

  • Wearing a face covering in class or when in a campus building will likely still be required, but we expect that face coverings will not be required when outside. In the classroom specifically, we will most likely continue to require all attendees in classrooms to wear face coverings, but instructors will not be required to do so.
  • There may be additional face covering and physical distancing requirements for fall quarter that are yet to be determined.

Current Guidance:

  • Face coverings must be worn 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.
  • UPDATED 5/14/2021: Branded face coverings are no longer available for students to pick up at the Campus Bookstore.
  • Practice physical distancing at all times outside of your living area.

Financial aid

As housing status impacts your Financial Aid awards, you are encouraged to review your housing status in MyAwards as soon as you receive your Financial Aid package information. To ensure that your financial aid package is reflective of your actual living expenses, please review Undergraduate Cost of Attendance.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccination

Fall 2021:

  • The flu vaccination requirement for fall quarter is to be determined.
  • The University of California has proposed a mandated COVID-19 vaccination policy so that everyone will have ample time to obtain the vaccine ahead of the fall term. This vaccination requirement would go into effect once a vaccine has full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). UC has also provided a Student FAQ regarding the proposed vaccine mandate.
    • If you have already been vaccinated, please provide your vaccination date information and upload a copy of your vaccination card in the “Medical Clearances” section of the Health-e-Messaging portal.
    • We anticipate that vaccinated individuals will not be required to take weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic tests in the fall. Students without a documented and confirmed COVID-19 vaccine will likely be required to undergo asymptomatic COVID-19 testing two times per week throughout the fall. 

Current Guidance:

Health and mental health resources

  • Student Health and Counseling Services has expanded telehealth services to continue to provide care for patients, with in-person visits scheduled as needed.
    • 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.

International students

Fall 2021:

  • As mentioned in the Provost's update, we are encouraged by the recent determination by the U.S. Department of State to allow students with valid visas to enter the United States without contacting an embassy or consulate prior to traveling. However, we are aware that there is still a possibility that some international students will not be able to obtain a visa in time to arrive for the start of fall instruction in September. To address this issue, we will do our best to have some alternative instruction options in place for international students who are unable to obtain a visa in time to come to campus for the start of fall quarter.
  • We advise all international undergraduate students to register for courses as soon as they are able to do so based on the information in the system at the time they register. Currently, it is better for undergraduates to register for courses under the assumption that they will be able to attend in person. If in-person attendance proves impossible, we will provide additional information on the Global Affairs website in August, and we will communicate any alternative instruction options.
  • International graduate students should discuss plans and possibilities with their program or Graduate Studies regarding enrollment for fall quarter.
  • As of now, we expect that all international students should be able to arrive in person for winter quarter, and thus anticipate that winter courses will be delivered in the same manner as they were before the pandemic.

Public health policies, requirements and enforcement

Screening, testing and reporting

Fall 2021:

  • We anticipate that vaccinated individuals will not be required to take weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic tests in the fall. 
  • Students without a documented and confirmed COVID-19 vaccine will likely be required to undergo asymptomatic COVID-19 testing two times per week throughout the fall. 
  • There may be additional testing and reporting guidance and requirements for fall quarter that are yet to be determined.

Current Guidance:

Tuition and fees

Fall 2021:

  • 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 and mandatory fees have not all been set yet for 2021-22 but will be posted here.

Current Resources:

Virtual events and services