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COVID-19: Information for the UC Davis Law Community


In addition to updates provided by the Law School leadership and departments, UC Davis Campus also provides information and updates to the community through the following links: Campus Information | Campus Updates

King Hall COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Welcome back to King Hall! We are excited to see you. For your safety, and for the safety of our community, please observe the following guidelines. UC Davis School of Law staff have collaborated with central campus and Yolo County officials to develop them. Please remember that we are all responsible for caring for each other. We have also created a video to walk you through the building guidelines.

Before you arrive at King Hall, please candidly assess how you are feeling. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL. Err on the side of caution. Your professors and organization leaders will not penalize you for staying home.

While on campus, we expect you to follow these guidelines:

  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Maintain social distancing of six feet from other individuals.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use sanitizer. The School of Law is providing free sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

As community members enter King Hall, you will be “screened” by School of Law staff. Please allow plenty of time, as we expect lines. The screening will include:

  • A temperature check. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed into the facility.
  • A health survey, which you will complete via a smart phone app.
  • A “screened” sticker for you to wear while in King Hall.

Building hours for non-faculty/staff:
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Weekends

As of July 31, 2020, law school classes are being delivered remotely. In order to prioritize student study spaces for our cleaning and disinfecting efforts, at this time, classrooms are closed and unavailable for use.

King Hall restrooms are limited to one person per restroom, regardless of the restroom’s size. Please be considerate. Wash your hands thoroughly. Try to avoid using handles in the restroom spaces. The restrooms will be disinfected and cleaned frequently.

Please do not congregate in the interior corridors. You will see that casual seating throughout the building has been taped off. All of these barriers are there to keep our community safe and healthy. Please do not ignore or tamper with them.

We encourage you to take conversations outside the building. Fresh air and additional space for social distancing create a safer environment for discussion. At King Hall, we are fortunate to have our courtyard, the North Plaza, and UC Davis’s award-winning Arboretum just outside our doors.

The student spaces in our basement were designed to foster collegial congregation. We all look forward to using them that way again. In the meantime, please observe all signs and barriers.

You may prepare food in the kitchen, but please do not eat inside the building. You must wear a face covering inside the building at all times. Our custodial staff will be cleaning the kitchen regularly, and the refrigerators and microwaves will be available for limited use. Please go outside to eat.

Lockers will be available, but please remember to practice social distancing. The computer lab and printers will be open for limited use.

Student office spaces will be available, but they will be single occupancy. Please follow your organization’s guidelines for using its office.

Like the rest of King Hall, Mabie Law Library is closed to the public. Rooms in the library and elsewhere in King Hall can be reserved for studying or taking remote classes. Please observe all signs and barriers.

Carrels and seats in the Main Reading Room can be reserved at the following link Custodial staff clean carrels every night. Please wipe down your carrel before and after each use. The reading room will be disinfected regularly, but please wipe down your space before and after you sit there. Disinfecting wipes and disposable masks are available in the library lobby. You must wear a face covering when sitting at your carrel or in the study area.

Please read the signs providing specific instructions for the elevators and stairs. Only one person may ride the elevator at a time. Each stairwell has its own instructions to permit appropriate social distancing.

Keeping our community safe and healthy will require patience, consideration and empathy. And sometimes we will all need a sense of humor. We know King Hall is up to the challenge. Welcome back to campus for a year none of us will ever forget.

October 2, 2020 - Spring 2021 Instruction

Dear King Hall Community,

I hope that everyone, as well as their friends, family, and community, are safe and well. We appreciate that all members of the greater King Hall community face incredibly difficult and challenging times. All of us are doing our very best to minimize the stresses and anxiety.

We wanted to provide an update about what we currently know about spring 2021 law school instruction. Plans for classes on campus likely will not be announced until the end of 2020.  It cannot be known at this time whether governmental and campus directives will permit any form of in-person instruction during our spring semester. Because your health is our top priority, UC Davis School of Law plans to begin the spring 2021 semester with exclusively remote instruction. If permitted by state, local, and campus directives at some point during the spring semester, we may return to in-person, hybrid instruction.  However, even if circumstances change, the Law School will provide reasonable notice, no less than 30 days in advance of any move to some form of in-person or hybrid instruction.  In the event that we make that transition, we are committed to maintaining remote options for all classes.

As previously announced, there will be an opportunity to discuss spring instruction this afternoon at 3 p.m. Register here.  Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Emily Scivoletto will be available to answer questions, as well as receive comments, on the tentative spring instructional plans.

Thank you for your patience and consideration.

Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicanx Studies


Student Resources

Students in need of assistance during this time can contact Sr. Assistant Dean Emily Scivoletto at who can direct students to appropriate resources.  In addition, the following resource list has been provided by the law school, the UC Davis campus, and contributing student colleagues.

Student suggested resources:

Support for Impacted Communities

Have a resource to suggest? Email Dean Scivoletto at

IT Operating Status

Following guidance from the campus regarding COVID-19 response:

  • We are open and available to assist you during our normal business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:30AM - 5:00PM. Call 530-752-6678 or email lawithelp@law.ucdavis
  • Most King Hall IT staff will be working remotely and focusing on providing teaching resources and remote support.
  • Our desktop support locations will not be staffed.
  • Our main service desk location in 400 Mrak Hall Drive, 1270 King Hall will not be staffed.
  • The fastest way to get immediate support is to email lawithelp@law.ucdavis or call us at 530-752-6678.
  • As needed, we will schedule appointments for remote desktop support. 
  • We will provide remote support for personally owned computers in support of enabling remote work (for student workers), such as assisting with VPN client installation, remote access to work resources, installing software (that we are allowed to install under our licensing agreements), etc.
  • While we can provide limited consulting support for home network troubleshooting, we encourage you to contact your ISP for these kinds of issues

Resources for Remote Classes

Fall 2020 Semester

For Student Workers at the Law School

If you need the FULL version of Microsoft Office on a personally owned computer, all UC Davis faculty, staff, and students are eligible to download and install it from:

  • On that page, click the Install Office button in the upper right corner, then click Office 365 apps. This will initiate a download of the Office installer that you can then run to install Office on your personally owned computer.

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