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News Posted on March 18, 2020

A message to King Hall about operational status

Chancellor May today announced a change in the “operational status” of the UC Davis campus. His message states that, “Yolo and Sacramento counties have issued directives advising residents to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19." As a result, and effective immediately, the campus is moving to "suspended operations as outlined in our policy" and as described in Changes to UC Davis' Operating Status.

Dean Kevin R. Johnson said for the School of Law, the new directive means that classes for the remainder of the semester will exclusively be online. The law faculty will soon be in the process of developing a way of administering exams, online or otherwise, which allows students to take their exams remotely.

Johnson recommends that students, as well as staff, abide by the shelter-in-place and continue online instruction. Students should regularly check online for course updates. Students with questions and concerns should feel free to contact Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Emily Scivoletto (   

Chancellor May’s message states that “employees should assume they will work from home through April 7, unless they hear otherwise from their managers.” (bold added). Almost all law school staff will work remotely. (Although offices will be closed, students can contact staff by email.)  Staff should confirm their work status with their supervisor or manager.

Some staff members may be asked to come to King Hall to continue operations related to online instruction, ensuring mail receipt, and perhaps other essential functions. All other staff should telework. The campus has created a website with more information about telework. Supervisors have been working with their teams to determine appropriate assignments. Staff members should continue to be in communication with their supervisors. Please contact Human Resources Manager Lisa Harry with questions about telework policies, or other work-related matters, at

If you need to return to the building to pick up materials, please limit your visit to the shortest time possible.

There is more information at the UC Davis COVID-19 site, and a new campus Coronavirus Information Line is now live.

Our entire community faces many challenges during these incredibly fluid and difficult times. Thank you for your patience and consideration and for supporting each other. Our strong community will help us continue to adapt to this evolving situation.