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  • Executive recruitments
  • Observances: Week and month
  • Awards: Calls for nominations
  • Academic competitions
  • Dateline details
  • Flu shots: Davis campus
  • COVID-19
  • WarnMe
  • Blood and marrow drives
  • Big Shift
  • Political activities
  • Road and path work
  • Transit and parking


  • Lab freezer survey Do you manage a campus lab freezer? The Office of Sustainability is asking you to complete a survey to help the campus make decisions about cold storage management that may impact your lab. The first 100 eligible respondents will receive $10 gift cards from the Coffee House or UC Davis Stores. Deadline: Jan. 29. Send questions to

Funding opportunities

  • Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals Faculty members are invited to submit proposals for multidisciplinary collaborations focused on one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This grant program is a joint undertaking of Global Affairs, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Sustainability. Deadline extended to Jan. 20.

Executive recruitments

Observances: Week and month

  • National Mentoring Month: January The Office of Graduate Studies invites the campus to read and share mentoring stories, explore mentoring resources and submit nominations for Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Awards (see “Awards: Calls for nominations,” below, for more information).

Awards: Calls for nominations

Academic competitions

  • Grad Slam Entries now being accepted for this competition in which master’s and Ph.D. students present their research in three minutes or less. The UC Davis winner advances to the systemwide final. Deadline: Feb. 11.

Flu shots: Davis campus

  • Per executive order from the Office of the President (as revised Sept. 29) “Effective Nov. 1, 2020, all students, faculty and staff living, learning or working on premises at any UC location must receive a flu vaccine, unless they receive an approved medical exemption or disability or religious accommodation.” UC strongly encourages all other members of the campus community — and their families — to get the flu vaccination.
  • Updated FAQs — For employees and students.
  • Exemptions and accommodationsStart the process by talking with your supervisor.
  • Reporting your vaccination — A single flu vaccination question will return to the Daily Symptom Survey on Nov. 16. Faculty, staff and students who have not been vaccinated, or who do not have an approved exemption, may not enter UC Davis facilities beginning Nov. 16. Students can continue to report their flu vaccination as explained on the Campus Ready flu vaccination page.
  • UC Davis Health has its own flu vaccination requirement and reporting system.


  • “Return to Campus” eLearning courseAny employees who are now working on campus, or plan to work on campus before January 2021 — including academic, staff and student employees — should have completed this course by Sept. 25. All other employees, regardless of their remote work status, are required to complete the training by Dec. 15. [UC Davis Health employees at the Sacramento campus are exempt, as they have their own training materials.]
  • Daily Symptom Survey To be completed upon entering Davis campus facilities.
  • Testing Required as of Nov. 18 for all employees and students accessing UC Davis facilities in Davis or elsewhere in Yolo County.
  • COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Face coverings Required at all times, on everyone, at all UC Davis locations. Indoors, the only exceptions are when you are eating or drinking or in private spaces such as dorm rooms, single-occupancy offices, showers and the like. Outdoors, you must keep your face coverings on when 6 feet of distancing from others is not feasible.
  • Gatherings The campus does not permit any gatherings on campus and strongly discouarges gatherings off campus.
  • Campus Ready


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UC Davis WarnMe and Aggie Alert messages provide timely information and instructions to faculty, staff, students and others when their well-being may be directly affected by emergencies or other urgent situations. WarnMe messages and Aggie Alerts are distributed by email and text message and also posted to UC Davis’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. Tests are scheduled three times during each academic year.

  • Next test — Noon Wednesday, Jan. 27. Please review your contact information and update as needed.
  • Employee and student contact information — Your UC Davis email addresses are included in the WarnMe system automatically; you can add mobile numbers and other email addresses.
  • Parents, vendors, contractors and others — You can sign up for text notifications only for the Davis campus and three other university locations (Bodega Marine Laboratory, Tahoe Environmental Research Center, and Continuing and Professional Education). See sign-up information here.
  • Mobile app (limited to people with UC Davis email addresses) — The app includes a number of safety features and is an important option for UC Davis affiliates with international phone numbers, as WarnMe does not send text messages to international numbers. Learn more about the Everbridge Mobile App and how to download it.

Blood and marrow drives

  • Next blood drive Wednesday, April 7, Activities and Recreation Center
  • Read Chancellor Gary S. May’s statement welcoming blood drives on campus, while also asserting: UC Davis strongly supports the development of evidence-based policies that would allow blood donations from all who are safely able to give, and stands strongly against all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation.

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The Big Shift is the campuswide heating system conversion project, whereby steam lines are being replaced with hot water lines. Heat exchangers in buildings will draw heat off the hot water, to heat the buildings, just like we do now with steam. The hot water system will use electricity (a renewable resource) to heat the water, instead of natural gas, a fossil fuel, that is used in the steam system. The hot water system will use less energy, because the water need not be heated to boiling (for steam), and will be safer to maintain. Current road and path closures are listed here, along with other project links:

Political activities

  • Prohibition on political campaign interventionThe University of California strongly supports public and civic engagement by members of the university community, in both their professional and personal capacities. At the same time, we must adhere to the restrictions outlined in this advisory from the Office of General Counsel.

Road and path work

Cyclist/pedestrian bridge over Highway 113 between Orchard Park Circle and West Village Closed through Jan. 28 during construction work. See signs and map for detours.

Transit and parking

  • Daily parking permits — Transportation Services announced new permit options of one, three and five hours, thereby lowering the cost for people who need to park on campus but are not staying for a full day. All permit vending machines had been reprogrammed as of Aug. 13 to sell one-hour permits for $1.50, three-hour permits for $4.50 and five-hour permits for $7.50 — or $10 for all day. The one-, three- and five-hour permits should be especially useful for employees who are mostly working at home and therefore no longer have long-term parking permits, yet still need to come to campus on occasion. The $1.50 per hour fee is the same as what you would pay at a meter. And while Transportation Services will raise most other permit fees Sept. 1, it will not raise daily permit fees. See Updates for Fall 2020 here.
  • Permit refunds In light of the new daily permit options, people who purchased long-term permits (quarter or longer) are welcome to return them for a refund — and Transportation Services will waive its administrative fees for refunds requested through Monday, Aug. 31.
  • Parking permit enforcement Resumed Aug. 1, after having been suspended since mid-March due to the pandemic. Also, most permit rates are going up Sept. 1.
  • Parking enforcement in restricted spaces Resumed May 18 in red zones (no parking), spaces reserved for disabled people, and other restricted spaces.