UC, Campuses Address Budget Uncertainty

UC Davis issued the following statement today (May 18):

At UC Davis, we have continued to support our students, faculty and staff in achieving our core mission as we steer our way through this pandemic. We look forward to transitioning through the coming months to a gradual return to in-person operations.


Like the UC system, UC Davis has experienced financial losses. We face budgetary uncertainty moving forward. To begin to address this uncertainty, UC President Janet Napolitano, Chancellor Gary S. May and the other chancellors have agreed to a voluntary 10 percent pay cut for the 2020-21 fiscal year. They have also implemented a systemwide salary freeze on salaries for policy-covered staff and a salary scale freeze for policy-covered, nonstudent academic appointees.

In addition, UC Davis is working to develop budget scenarios for the next year and to look for ways to reduce expenses, such as eliminating nonessential business travel and renegotiating service agreements. Last month, we implemented a vacancy management program to evaluate the creation, replacement or backfilling of all staff positions, including an approval process of campus leadership and vetting through a central committee. We will continue to monitor the financial situation and will consider additional actions as appropriate.

While we are still learning the true extent of the economic impacts of this pandemic, UC Davis remains a strong and resilient institution. We will get through this together, applying our Principles of Community to our decisions as we navigate the uncharted waters ahead.

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Melissa Blouin, 530-752-2542, mlblouin@ucdavis.edu

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