Updated 4:15 p.m. Nov. 15:
The UC Davis campuses in Davis and Sacramento will remain closed on Friday, Nov. 16, due to continued poor air quality from the Butte County fire.
The UC Davis hospitals, primary care clinics, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. Fire and police services remain open. Only essential staff should report to work on Friday. Please consult with your supervisor to determine if you are essential personnel.
We remain concerned about the impact campus closures are having on classes and research; however, the health and safety of our community comes first.
This is new territory, and we acknowledge that we don’t have hard and fast guidelines in place for these types of extreme conditions. We are making the best decisions for the community that we can on a day-to-day basis, using the best available data and input from public health experts. The forecasting and trending data can change rapidly, as many of you have seen today. Once we are back in normal operating conditions, it will be a priority for us to establish guidelines for operations during disruptive events. At the moment, there are no easy solutions and we are not making decisions lightly.
We know you have questions about class schedules, finals and impacts to work schedules. We are working with the UC Office of the President and our Academic Senate and Academic Federation to provide clear instructions to the community.
We anticipate reopening the campus on Monday, Nov. 19, and returning to our normal schedule. We will make a determination by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, about campus operations for Monday.
Information for faculty, staff and student employees can be found on the Finance, Operations and Administration website.
Information on class cancellation and instructional policies for faculty and instructors can be found on the Academic Senate website.
Updated 4:20 p.m. Nov. 14
Chancellor May’s leadership team met with faculty, staff, students, administrators and university health care officials today for input and feedback about ongoing and predicted air quality from the Butte County fire. Based on their recommendations and consistent with other area closures and forecasts, the Davis and Sacramento campuses will be closed Thursday, Nov. 15, and classes will be canceled. The UC Davis hospitals, primary care clinics, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. Fire and police services remain open. Only essential staff should report to work on Thursday. Please consult with your supervisor to determine if you are essential personnel.
We will continue to monitor the air quality. The forecasts are trending toward air quality improvements by Friday, which means we anticipate the campus would be open on Friday. We will provide further updates by 5 p.m.Thursday about the university operational status for Friday, Nov. 16.
We recognize that these closures have caused significant disruptions to the UC Davis community. We will share information shortly about how class schedules and finals will be handled for the remainder of the quarter.
Information for faculty staff and student employees can be found on the Finance, Operations and Administration website.
Statement posted at 6:50 a.m. Nov. 14:
Chancellor May and other campus leaders have heard the community’s concerns. The chancellor regrets any stress or inconvenience our previous update caused. We are all learning together. The Davis and Sacramento campuses will be closed today and classes canceled. The UC Davis hospitals, primary care clinics, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Student Health and Wellness Center will remain open. The N95 masks will be available at the Memorial Union and the UC Davis Fire Department later today. The UC Davis Police and Fire departments are continuing normal operations. We will provide further updates later today.
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