Fall 2021 Campus Planning Update from Chancellor and Rector
Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to improve in the community of Davis and are expected to improve in Sacramento. Even as more people are vaccinated and infection rates decline, we must remain vigilant with asymptomatic testing, symptom screening, wearing masks, hand washing, physical distancing and our others. Ready for campus Activities. As a result of these efforts and changes in public health direction, we plan to resume in-person activities at our Davis and Sacramento campuses for the fall term of 2021. Of course, we will continue to monitor conditions. local and regional, as well as public health advice. , and will have contingency plans in place if necessary to adapt to changing circumstances. In the meantime, and to help you plan for the fall term, we’ve developed the following draft guidelines for fall 2021:
Based on public health guidelines and UC President’s Office, we expect teaching to be done in person with normal classroom occupancy. Students, faculty and TAs should expect to participate largely or only in face-to-face instruction.
Registration for permanent students begins in May. To ensure that we have enough space for all offerings, we will place all classes (e.g. lectures, discussions, studio, performances) in a classroom. Laboratory teaching will take place in teaching laboratories at full capacity.
We recognize that some courses may need to change their teaching methods to support students affected by travel and visa restrictions and to meet specific faculty needs. We are working with the Academic Senate to establish a process for reviewing and approving such changes, with the aim of providing more detailed information on the process in May. Our goal is to allow academic departments to submit such adjustments from July 1, 2021 – an inflection point that is late enough to ensure that we have information supported by data on public health conditions, but sufficiently early to allow flexibility to adjust academic plans.
We are closely monitoring the situation at US embassies and consulates abroad and continue to advocate through various channels on behalf of our international community. We know that an inability to obtain a visa and other travel restrictions may prevent some students from being on campus in the fall, so we will do our best to put in place alternative education options. In some cases, students may need to adjust their academic plans in consultation with their academic advisor. We also call on departments and faculty to help ensure that international students are not disproportionately affected by situations beyond their control. From now on, we expect that all international students will be able to arrive in person for the winter term, and thus anticipate that winter courses will be delivered the same way they were before the pandemic. . We will continue to monitor the ability of international students to arrive by the winter term and examine to what extent additional distance course offerings may be required in the winter.
Students or instructors in need of ADA health care or accommodations
Students with disabilities who wish to request an academic adjustment related to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Center early to discuss accommodations. Please consult the Center for disabled students for more information on the accommodation request process.
We are finalizing new application and review processes for faculty and staff requiring ADA health care or accommodation related to COVID-19 and will notify the campus next month when the forms are available for submission. Once ready, this information will be published on the Disability management services website.
Reinventing the post-pandemic workplace for staff
Staff working remotely will hear more in a future communication on plans for summer and fall. In March 2020, the university turned to remote work as a mandate for many employees and it has proven to be a viable and efficient way to provide some of our services. It also has the potential to save money, free up space, and improve employee satisfaction. We are currently reviewing the lessons we have learned over the past year and will soon release recommendations and guidelines for supervisors, managers and line staff that maximize the benefits of flexible working arrangements for staff. without sacrificing the delivery of essential services. Learn more about the Workplace Reimagined Workgroup here.
Continuing to ramp up research
The research firm continued to expand its activities as circumstances improved. We expect to be able to continue expanding activities over the summer and expect to reach phase 4 by the fall, returning to full research activities in September. Details of each phase can be found in the Guidelines for the rise of UC Davis research.
Student accommodation and catering
Since we expect teaching to be in-person, we encourage all students to find accommodation in the Davis or Sacramento area for the 2021-2022 academic year as soon as possible, if you haven’t. already done.
We expect housing and restaurants on campus to operate at full capacity. We also plan to continue to have COVID-19 quarantine and isolation facilities available on campus for the fall term. More information is available at: https://housing.ucdavis.edu/.
COVID-19 vaccines are our best defense against the virus. Given the importance of vaccination, the University of California has proposed a compulsory vaccination policy so that everyone has enough time to be vaccinated before the fall term.
Under the proposed policy, the university would require that students, faculty, academics and staff who access campus facilities at any location in UC starting this fall be immune to SARS- CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This vaccination requirement would come into effect once a vaccine has received full approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration. UC already strongly encourages students, faculty, academics, and staff to get vaccinated voluntarily as soon as they are able to make an appointment.
Students planning to access UC campuses for the fall will need to update their vaccination documentation on file to indicate vaccination or an approved exception or medical exemption before coming to campus. For those who cannot receive a vaccine before arriving on campus, student health centers may be able to find a local resource for immunization, but special protections may be needed. Faculty, academics and staff will be briefed on the process for reporting immunization information once the policy is finalized.
Campus facilities and events
We plan to have academic support spaces (ie Libraries, Computer Labs, Student Centers, etc.) open in the fall and operating at normal capacity, as per our teaching plan.
We also expect a return to the organization of in-person events and the ability for student groups and campus departments to use campus facilities. We will be providing more advice on booking campus space for internal and external events in the coming months. For current guidelines on events and gatherings, please see the tips on Campus Ready here.
We hope this has answered many of your questions, but we also recognize that we haven’t provided as much detail as you would like. Please know that we continue to refine every aspect of our campus activities for this fall, and we will continue to keep you informed through multiple communication modalities, including Ready for campus website. If you would like the Fall Planning Working Group to consider specific questions or issues, please enter them at the following portal: https://campusready.ucdavis.edu/fall2021
Thank you all for your commitment to ensuring UC Davis meets our mission and vision of providing excellent education for our students, innovative research opportunities for our faculty, and a welcoming environment for all to thrive.
All my wishes,
Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor