Campus Closed Through Thanksgiving Break: Global Affairs Updates

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Global Affairs Updates Related to Campus Closures

As announced by UC Davis, both the Davis and Sacramento campuses are closed Monday, Nov. 19 through the Thanksgiving break. The campuses will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

Due to the campus closure, Global Affairs offices remain closed, except for the Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) offices, which will be open for limited servicesPlease note: Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 are UC Davis holidays and campus is closed.

UC Davis is working on details about how the remaining days of the quarter will be handled, which will be updated on the UC Davis website.

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS)

Students

SISS offices at the International Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. from Monday Nov. 19 through Wednesday, Nov. 21 only for I-20 travel signature pick-up for international students traveling prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and in need of a travel signature. This document is necessary for F-1 students for travel within the next year. You must bring your student ID to pick-up.

Please note that the recent cancelation of classes will not adversely impact international student immigration status.

Regular advising hours will resume Monday, Nov. 26. Please note: Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 are UC Davis holidays and campus is closed. Please email siss@ucdavis.edu with any questions.

Scholars

If you are a J-1 scholar or J-2 dependent traveling abroad prior to Nov. 27 and need a DS-2019 travel signature, the SISS office at the International Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. from Monday Nov. 19 through Wednesday, Nov. 21. 

Please stop by the SISS office front desk with your current DS-2019 to obtain the signature. If you are unable to submit a completed travel signature request eForm through iGlobal because of campus closure, email Assistant Director of International Scholar Services Simone Kueltz at skueltz@ucdavis.edu.

Please note: DS-2019 travel signatures for J-1 scholars and their J-2 dependents are valid for six months and may be used during this time period for multiple international trips. If your J visa expired, check the U.S. Embassy's website for visa application information. 

Scholars who have urgent questions or requests during Nov. 19-21 should email Assistant Director of International Scholar Services Simone Kueltz at skueltz@ucdavis.edu.

Regular advising hours will resume Monday, Nov. 26. Please note: Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 are UC Davis holidays and campus is closed.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

UC Davis Student Life has posted "What You Need to Know About Coursework During and After the Campus Closure" with answers to frequently asked questions. Student Life has also provided a Message About Coursework and Campus Closure Related to Recent Fires with more information for students.

Information for Class Cancellation and Instructional Policies

Important class cancellation information related to instructional policies from the Academic Senate are on the Academic Senate website, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Information Related to Study Abroad Students

The campus closures do not affect instruction on our UC Davis Fall Quarter Abroad programs. The study abroad emergency contact is UC Davis Police Dispatch at (530) 752-1230 to connect with 24-hour on-call study abroad staff if needed.

More Resources

The UC Davis Finance, Operations and Administration website has updates and answers to frequently asked questions related to UC Davis and UC Davis Health staff, academic and student employees.

The UC Davis hospital, clinical sites, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, residence halls and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. Fire and police services remain open. Additional guidance will be provided on the UC Davis website about how essential and nonessential employees should report to work.

For students whose families have been directly impacted by the fires, case managers at the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs help to connect students with helping resources on and off campus including but not limited to course arrangements, academic advising and housing. If you would like to explore how a case manager can help, please visit ossja.ucdavis.edu and enter an online report under “Student Assistance and Support” or email aggiecare@ucdavis.edu.

Message from Chancellor Gary S. May

Updated 9:15 a.m. Nov. 18

Dear UC Davis Community,

While we had hoped to reopen our Davis and Sacramento campuses on Monday, Nov. 19, the air quality forecasts are not showing enough improvement toward the healthy categories. In addition, the Academic Senate leadership has recommended that classes be canceled Monday through Wednesday. Based on this and other input, we have decided to close both campuses through the Thanksgiving break. The campuses will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.

In consultation with the Office of the President, our provost, the Academic Senate and Academic Federation are working on details about how the remaining days of the quarter will be handled. We’ll communicate about that as soon as possible.

The UC Davis hospital, clinical sites, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, residence halls and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. Fire and police services remain open. Additional guidance will be provided later today about how essential and nonessential employees should report to work.

The Butte County fire has taken a horrific toll on many people and communities. The scale of this disaster is unlike anything we’ve seen in Northern California. Many of you have communicated your concern and sorrow, and many of you have found ways to help families recover.

In this season of giving thanks, I hope each of you will consider how you can contribute in meaningful ways to communities, people and animals in need. The Aggie community is a generous one, and for that I’m grateful.

Gary S. May 
Chancellor

Visit the UC Davis website for the full announcement and most recent updates.

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