Coronavirus Resources

Embracing the Challenge and Working Together

March 27, 2020

Dear Campus Community, 
Renetta Garriison TullThese times are challenging and unprecedented, and we are working with new information day by day to try to figure out the best way to keep everyone safe and healthy, to continue to make sure that students are educated, that faculty have what they need, and that the staff have the necessary resources. As you might imagine, it is tough. Yes, we train for certain jobs, but no university in the country, or the world for that matter, has leaders who train for this magnitude of a traumatic crisis. None of us ever took a college course and thought, “I’m training for the day when the world will shut down.” And yet, here we are … drawing from every ounce of training that we’ve ever received, drawing upon the collective wisdom of others … all to try to make as many things work as possible. Lives are at stake. Futures are uncertain. Every day we hope that we are doing our best.
Ralph HexterPlease know that we feel it too. Those of us who can are also self-isolating or staying at home with our loved ones, others are outside of their homes taking care of running essential functions like health care, food, and sanitation, and providing support for all who are working hard to keep things moving forward. Chancellor May feels it, too. He, too, has a family, and he and Mrs. May have a daughter in college who is 3000 miles away, are worried that they can’t see parents, and, on top of that, they have an aunt with COVID-19 who is on a ventilator. This crisis is very real. 
We don’t have all of the answers, especially when situations are so fluid and moving so fast. We’re following the directives of our counties and the State of California, abiding by what has been set forth by our Regents and the University of California Office of the President, listening to great advice from our own expert researchers, physicians, and public health experts as well as scientists across the nation, and working with our own esteemed, generous faculty who are collaborating to understand and then control and combat the virus. We thank you for your patience. Thank you for working with us, as we continue to seek the best for us all.
Kind regards,

Renetta Garrison Tull
Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ralph J. Hexter
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

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March 26, 2020
This letter has also been posted by UC Davis Human Resources

Thank you for caring for UC Davis students, patients and your colleagues during these challenging times. 

We’re all serving UC Davis, hopefully from remote workstations whenever possible, but to those of you called to perform critical services in person – we honor your commitment to your profession!

Take Care of Yourselves

COVID-19 has added many stresses and responsibilities to our work and family life. You may find yourself experiencing a range of emotional reactions right now.

Our Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) has posted resources to help you cope with the stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19. This includes one-on-one support via Zoom or by phone. Learn more on the ASAP webpages or call (530) 752-2727.

Support Your Teams

We ask supervisors and managers to recognize that employees are attending to their workloads, physical and mental health, family needs (for family members near and far), and other new considerations and adjustments that come from federal, state, and local regulations and restrictions.

Supervisors, please show your team members:

  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Understanding
  • Flexibility

We trust that all Aggies are doing their very best given these exceptional circumstances and we look forward to the day our community can reunite again.

Renetta Garrison Tull, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Christine Lovely
Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Chief Human Resources Officer

For the latest updates regarding the novel coronavirus at UC Davis and updates on current campus operating status, visit UC Davis News and UC Davis Operational Status.

Please visit the Academic Senate page for updates on Academic Policies and Guidelines for Changes in Campus Operating Status

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