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Information for Students and Families

This page will be updated as new information is available regarding plans for fall 2021. Please note that as public health directives may unexpectedly change in the coming months, guidance may need to be revised. We encourage you to check this page regularly. The last revision was made on October 14, 2021.

New Resource for Students - Aggie Info and Help Line
Starting Monday, August 16, students who have questions about COVID-related policies, public health guidance or general concerns regarding their transition to campus can call the Aggie Info and Help Line. A service of the Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center, this new info line will have trained student staff to provide support for non-crisis questions and referrals to campus resources.

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.

Students will continue to receive periodic updates throughout the academic year via Chancellor and Provost messages, so please keep an eye on your inbox for these critical updates. We also recommend that you bookmark this webpage as it serves as the primary resource for students to access Fall 2021 updates.  

Here’s what you need to know:


Fall 2021:

  • Instruction is largely in-person with normal classroom occupancy. Regardless of vaccine status, face coverings will be required for all attendees (including instructors) in instructional settings.
  • Remote and in-person course offerings are viewable on Schedule Builder.
  • 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. PELP has been expanded for undergraduate students to allow for up to three quarters of leave.
  • 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 should contact the Student Disability Center to discuss possible accommodations. Visit this Student Disability Center webpage for information on the accommodation request process.
  • For international students, please see the International Student section below. 

Campus dining

Fall 2021:

  • On-campus dining facilities are operating at their full design capacities. For students living in the residence halls, please check the Dining Services website for information on indoor and outdoor dining options.

Campus housing

Fall 2021:

  • Campus is here to support students in their search for housing information and evaluating options, and a full list of resources are available in this email sent to students.
  • COVID-19 quarantine and isolation facilities on campus are available to students for fall quarter. 

COVID-19 vaccination and compliance

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:
On July 15, 2021, the University of California formally enacted its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all students, staff and faculty who are returning to campus in the fall. The deadline for compliance was September 8. The announcement of this vaccine requirement can be read here, which also contains links to FAQs for students and employees, along with a link to the full policy.

You can comply with this mandate via one of the two options below:

  1. Vaccination: Once you complete your vaccination series, report your vaccination information in the Health-e-Messaging system as soon as you receive your final shot or by Sept. 8, whichever is earliest. If you will complete your vaccination series after Sept. 8, please enter the date of your first shot in Health-e-Messaging as soon as you receive it to indicate that you are in the process of becoming compliant with policy. For detailed instructions on how to report your information, visit the Vaccine Program page
  2. Medical, Pregnancy Deferral or Religious Exception: Submit your request for an exception as soon as possible.

Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Program page for more details and to learn more about options to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Compliance:
Students who are not compliant with the UC Vaccine Policy by September 8 will have a registration hold placed on their account on September 9. In addition to the registration hold on September 9, they will be flagged by the Office of the University Registrar to enter an escalation process that will result in class registration cancellation on September 20 for continued inaction. Students living in residence halls and university-managed apartments will also be unable to move in. 

Students have received email notices to alert them that they are not compliant in the Health-e-Messaging system and will continue to receive them until they have completed the compliance process. For students who are unable to access a WHO-authorized vaccine prior to arriving to Davis please review the question and answer below for information on how to temporarily suspend the registration hold and escalation process. 

  • What if I am unable to access a WHO-Authorized vaccine prior to arriving at UC Davis or not able to complete my vaccination series by August 25?
  • We understand that there are circumstances where students want to get vaccinated but are not able to access WHO-authorized vaccines or be fully vaccinated by September 8, 2021 due to inability to access an approved vaccine prior to your arrival in Davis. We are willing to work with these students and they have received direct communication via email with required action items to comply with policy. 

    NEW RESOURCE - Unvaccinated students can visit the new COVID-19 Vaccination Calculator to see a personalized timeline based on vaccine type and date(s) received.

Daily symptom survey

Fall 2021 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 may need to present it at facility access points or to gain entrance to classes or events. If a student does not attain “Approved” status after taking the symptom survey, they are not permitted to attend classes.

Events and gatherings

Face coverings

Fall 2021:

  • As of July 28, 2021, everyone is required to wear face coverings indoors regardless of vaccination status. Visit the Public Health Policies & Requirements page for additional guidance for face coverings while eating and drinking and when you are outdoors.

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 vaccination requirement

On October 8, 2021, the University of California issued an Executive Order requiring all employees and students to get vaccinated against influenza or opt out by completing a declination form by November 19, 2021. Please review the Flu Vaccination Information page for additional details on how to provide your flu vaccine information or submit the declination form in Health-e-Messaging

Health and mental health resources

  • Student Health and Counseling Services information:
    • 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:

  • For information and considerations for international students, please review the Fall 2021 Planning FAQ on the Services for International Students and Scholars website.

Isolation and quarantine

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.
  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. 

Please review the guidance on the Isolation and Quarantine page, including recommendations for students if they will miss class due to isolation or quarantine directives. 

Public health policies, requirements and enforcement

Screening, testing and reporting

Fall 2021 Guidance:

  • Updated Oct. 14: Thanksgiving break guidance for testing and compliance is now available.
  • All unvaccinated students who access campus facilities will be required to undergo asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 at least every four days (roughly two times per week). This revision to the current weekly testing requirement is in alignment with CDC guidance that frequent COVID-19 testing contributes to low case rates in a university setting.
  • Starting on Sept. 20, students who have verified they are fully vaccinated are required to get tested at least every 14 days — if their normal schedule requires they visit campus at least once per week. Fully vaccinated students or employees who visit campus less often than once per week (because of a flexible work agreement or remote class schedule) will need to get tested prior to accessing university facilities, either on the same day of their visit or up to 14 days prior to their visit.
  • Monitor your symptoms and stay home if you’re sick.
  • If you test positive or receive positive diagnosis from your physician for COVID-19, please self-report it through the process described here. 

Sequestration Requirement and Travel Guidance

Fall 2021:

  • Based on the recent fall planning guidance issued by the University of California and our continued effort to implement public health measures to protect our community, any student who is unvaccinated when they arrive in Davis will be required to self-sequester (i.e. separate themselves from others) in their residence for a minimum of seven days and have two negative COVID-19 tests. The self-sequestration requirement begins when you arrive to the Davis area (not any other location in California or the United States). This one-time requirement is being implemented specifically for the start of fall quarter and is different from quarantine and isolation guidance that you would receive from Student Health and Counseling Services. 
  • During the self-sequestration period, students should not leave their residences except for food or medical needs, say grocery shopping, picking up a prescription, or getting tested or vaccinated for COVID-19, and are not permitted to attend classes in-person. Students who will need to sequester should plan travel accordingly and, if possible, arrive in Davis at least seven days prior to the first day of classes.
  • It is generally recommended that international students arrive more than seven days before the start of classes. Unvaccinated international students who have questions about getting through customs should contact their Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) advisors. Please note that we are happy to provide vaccines for all international students who are unvaccinated or who did not complete a WHO-approved vaccine series in their home countries.
  • If you arrive unvaccinated, you will also need to follow campus requirements regarding testing and face coverings to access campus facilities. In addition, students living in Student Housing and Dining Services-managed spaces should follow any supplemental sequestration requirements included as a condition of living in the residence halls and The Green at West Village apartments.

Tuition and fees

Fall 2021: