Banner is the UC Davis Student Information System computerized database containing information required to support the educational mission of the University. This information is organized into several modules, including admissions, registration, billing/accounts receivable, financial aid, and graduate student data. Most of the student information in Banner is confidential and is protected by Federal and State laws and University of California policies. Access to Banner, and the information therein, is strictly controlled.
Class Email Lists
Information and Educational Technology (IET) assists instructors in reaching students in their classes by creating class email lists upon request. Once a list is created, all currently enrolled students are automatically subscribed to it. See UC Davis E-mail Lists for more information on setting up your mailing list. Alternatively, email lists are created automatically for courses for which SmartSite pages are created; see SmartSite (Smartsite will be phased after spring 2017; see Move to Canvas).
The academic calendar for each year is developed following university and campus guidelines; see Master Academic Calendar.
The calendar uses the UC standard start date for the fall quarter while maintaining the winter holiday break and longest possible break in spring, while keeping commencements in June on a weekend as early as possible to maximize job opportunities for students and research for faculty.
Whenever possible, the first class meeting, start of orientation, or any other campus-wide event will not be scheduled on the same day as a major religious holiday.
The calendar is approved by the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors and is submitted to the UC Office of the President.
The Office of the University Registrar publishes an academic calendars for registration, quarter dates and deadlines, fee deadlines, and the campus academic calendar; see Academic Calendar.
The Summer Sessions academic calendar is available at Summer Sessions Calendar.
The General Catalog is published biennially in mid-June. Each department has the opportunity to review and update its text, typically in January preceding the publishing date. Changes to course information must be done through Course Approval forms and approved by the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction before they can be published. Changes to majors must be approved by the college. Requested changes that have not been approved will not be published.
Deadlines for submission of changes are included in a memo sent to the department chairperson or MSO. Changes returned after the deadline will not be included in the General Catalog.
The catalog is available at UC Davis General Catalog, and includes printable Adobe PDF files.
Printed General Catalogs are not available through the Office of the University Registrar. Staff, faculty, and departments may purchase General Catalogs from UC Davis Repro Graphics.
Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS)
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers a variety of counseling services to help students realize their academic and personal goals. SHCS Counseling Services is a multi-culturally and educationally diverse group of experienced psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral interns. Meeting with a member of SHCS staff can help students clarify issues, explore options, and cope more effectively. Students currently enrolled who have paid student registration fees can receive counseling services through SHCS at no charge. Drop-in urgent care mental health services are available at the Student Health and Wellness Center. Counseling Services appointments are available at North Hall by calling 530-752-2349. There is a $20 visit fee for psychiatry services. SHCS provides a supportive atmosphere where student confidentiality is strictly maintained in accordance with federal laws, state laws, and ethical standards. To consult about a difficult situation or to refer a student, call 530-752-2349 and ask for the Advice Nurse.
Student Crisis Response Team (SCRT)
The Student Crisis Response Team includes representatives from Student Judicial Affairs (SJA); Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS); Student Housing; University Police; the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP); Campus Counsel; the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP); and the Student Disability Center (SDC). Representatives of other units attend Response Team meetings in specific cases and participate as needed. Combining the expertise of these key campus units, the SCRT meets on a regular basis and coordinates the response to situations involving students who are distressed or distressing to faculty and staff members. The SCRT facilitates efforts to deal safely and effectively with such students. To contact the SCRT, call Student Judicial Affairs at 530-752-1128 and ask to speak to an SJA officer or the SJA Case Manager. Reports may be made anonymously.
Distressed and Distressing Students
Faculty plays a central role in a student's help-seeking efforts as they are often in a direct position to observe students and be aware of their behavior. Students frequently turn to faculty to obtain advice and support on issues other than purely academic matters. Faculty cannot provide psychological counseling, but it is important to understand the critical role they can play in supporting students in need of help. Indeed, at different times in your career you may find yourself having to advise students on issues other than purely academic matters.
Stress, pressures, and problems are a normal part of university life. While many students cope with these demands successfully, a significant number of students have difficulties that interfere with their performance and general well-being. Sometimes it is very clear when a student is having difficulty coping and sometimes their distress is masked with less obvious characteristics.
Student Disruption in Classes
It is the instructor's responsibility to ensure that enrolled or auditing students do not engage in disruptive behavior in their classes. Students whose behavior is determined by the instructor to be disruptive may be asked to leave. The instructor has the right to contact the police if the student refuses to leave. Students whose behavior is significantly disruptive on a single occasion, or who repeatedly engage in disruptive of the class or other academic facilities or functions, should be referred to Student Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action. If the behavior causes concerns for the safety, security, or welfare of the student or others, contact Student Judicial Affairs at 530-752-1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.