UC Davis Acts on Fraternity’s Alleged Gathering

On Thursday, Nov. 12, the University of California, Davis, learned that a student who is part of Theta Chi Fraternity tested positive for COVID-19. While the university and Yolo County began the contact tracing protocols, the student safely quarantined at their parent’s home. There are 10 students currently living in the Theta Chi Fraternity house, which is off campus and not managed by the university. Professional cleaners have cleaned the house.

UC Davis received reports that Theta Chi held a gathering of 10 to 20 people on Thursday evening, Nov. 12, which violates quarantine protocols and county and campus guidelines. On Friday evening, Nov. 13, Yolo County Public Health sent the 10 remaining Theta Chi Fraternity members a quarantine order. At UC Davis’ request, late Friday evening nine students moved into designated quarantine apartments on campus to quarantine. One student was approved to stay at the Theta Chi residence to quarantine and take care of the pets.

"We are deeply disappointed and troubled by the alleged behavior and decisions demonstrated by these students,” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “The majority of students, faculty and staff have taken Yolo County Public Health guidelines very seriously since the pandemic began earlier this year. We have awareness campaigns going strong on campus and in Davis. I urge everyone in our community to follow public health guidelines and mandates, including wearing face coverings, socially distancing from one another and washing your hands frequently.”

Greek Life students have had priority in COVID-19 screening and testing since fall quarter began. The university continues to conduct contact tracing for those who may have been exposed during the alleged gathering of Nov. 12.

Students who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact Student Health and Counseling Services for a free COVID-19 test (or call SHCS at 530-752-2349).

More information about UC Davis’ COVID-19 planning and operations, and other updates are available at campusready.ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis continues to investigate the circumstances around the alleged gathering at the Theta Chi Fraternity and is monitoring the students in quarantine. Interim protective measures have been taken and further disciplinary action may be taken if the investigation findings determine there were intentional violations of county and campus public health guidelines.

We are grateful that the vast majority of students follow public health guidelines and we continue to ask for compliance to ensure the safety of our broader community. The university also is grateful for Yolo County Public Health’s guidance and collaboration, which helped us respond promptly.

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