Changes to UC Davis' Operating Status

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The Chancellor has authority to temporarily change the Davis Campus Operating Status during emergencies and hazardous conditions.

Policy for Emergency Events and Hazardous Conditions

Change in Campus Operating Status (Policy 390-12), grants the Chancellor authority to temporarily change UC Davis Operating Status, while ensuring continuity of services to students, patients, and the public. Some hazards and emergencies for which this policy might be enacted include: natural disaster, dangerous air quality, transmission of a communicable disease, an immediate threat to the safety of the campus community or infrastructure, equipment failure, and others. 

Condition Levels and Campus Operating Statuses

  • Reduce operations
  • Current conditions may not pose severe safety risks or logistical challenges, but an event has significant potential to, or is already, negatively affecting local area commuting, important campus services, or the efficient functioning of campus buildings and grounds. Certain non-critical functions and services may be reduced at one or more campus locations.
  • Suspend operations
  • Current conditions pose a safety risk or logistical challenges that are more severe and there is a substantial interest to having a limited number of individuals travel to, or remain at one or more campus locations. Non-critical functions and services may be suspended.
  • Closure
  • Current conditions pose a severe risk to health and safety or presents difficult logistical challenges that will severely impede the efficient and effective functioning of operations. Facilities at one or more campus locations may be closed.


Designated and Non-Designated Employees

Every employee is essential to fulfilling the campus’s mission. Moving forward, supervisors must determine which employees are designated and non-designated to serve on campus, now that the campus operating status has changed. Further, an employee’s designation could change depending on the type of emergency and its duration. Some examples of employees designated by policy include:

  • Healthcare functions
  • Patient and animal care
  • Emergency responders
  • Housing and dining services
  • Others designated by situation

Departments Should Act Now

  • In most cases, employees will return home and where possible, work remotely. This should be confirmed with the supervisor or manager. Generally, employees should assume they will work from home unless they hear otherwise from their managers.
    • For those who cannot work from home due to the nature of their job, UCOP has issued systemwide guidance.
  • Develop a UC Ready plan – these are a best practice and UC Davis Emergency Management can help.
    Since the core activities of teaching, research, and public service are performed at the department level, planning to resume your business after an emergency should begin at the department level.
  • Identify designated employees that will be called upon to perform essential functions.
    Supervisors should be aware that an employee’s designation may change depending on the type of emergency, or its duration. Further, supervisors should prepare to clarify roles and expectations of non-designated employees who may be asked to work remotely.
  • Contact Conference and Events Services if you need to cancel reservations for space.