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A Message from the Vice Provost and Dean: Planning for Fall 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021 (All day)

Dear Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars,

As you know, UC Davis has been operating mostly remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic since early last March. We write to inform you that we expect that instruction and research operations will return to pre-pandemic, in-person delivery at the start of the next academic year in September 2021. 

With an increase in the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the continuation of our robust testing capabilities, Chancellor Gary May and Provost Mary Croughan announced that they expect to be able to return to in-person instruction for all courses in Fall 2021. Additionally, the Office of Research has shared that they expect all on-campus research activities, core facilities, and research laboratories to get back to full occupancy by the fall quarter. The ramp-up process will restart as soon as the pandemic situation improves. 

We will remain vigilant in all critical prevention efforts and continue to prioritize the health and well-being of the University community. 

Specific plans for the resumption of in-person classes and research operations, including starting dates and safety protocols, will be announced in the coming months as we consult with local health authorities.

For the latest information for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars about our campus COVID-19 response, please visit

Jean-Pierre Delplanque
Vice Provost and Dean
UC Davis Graduate Studies