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Frequently Asked Questions – UC Davis Student Resources

Are you lost? Are you looking for an answer to a question you are not sure how to ask?

Here you can find a number of frequently asked questions by your fellow UC Davis students. Answers include links to campus resources to help you navigate centers, programs, and additional resources designed to support your academic career.

Specific questions are sorted into four main categories (see below). You can click on each button to navigate to a table of contents for each area.  

 

Academic Support

Health & Wellness

Career & Internships

Campus Community

 

 

Academic Support

  1. Help…I am being harassed/discriminated against, where do I go?
  2. I am looking for media and technology options for my classes. Where do I find them?
  3. Where can I find additional academic support (writing and editing, tutoring, etc.)?
  4. What is expected of me and other students in terms of honesty and integrity?
  5. I am looking for internship opportunities related to my major. Where do I start?
  6. I need information about professional development, where do I go?
  7. Where can I get information about financial aid?
  8. I am an international student. Where can I find additional academic support?
  9. How can I request special accommodations for my classes like extra exam time or note taking assistance?
  10. Where can I get information about immigration and visa related issues?
  11. Where can I get information about advocacy groups for international students?
  12. I need assistance with planning courses for my major, for GE (General Elective) classes, and university/college requirements. Where can I find support for my academic planning?


 
Help…I am being harassed/discriminated against, where do I go?

Red and white life preserver
  • Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program: https://hdapp.ucdavis.edu/ 
    Supports the University’s commitment to a discrimination-free work and learning environment by educating the campus community about the issues, assisting individuals and campus units to resolve conflicts and complaints related to harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, hate and bias. Also serves as the central office for receiving reports and maintaining records of these types of complaints.
  • Center for Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE): http://care.ucdavis.edu/about-care/index.html 
    CARE is dedicated to reducing the incidence of sexual violence, including sexual assault sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence and stalking in the campus community. CARE serves the students, faculty, and staff of the University, at both the Davis campus and Sacramento campus. Our philosophy is that through education we can prevent these forms of violence.
  • Report Hate and Bias: http://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu/report/index.html
    If you believe you have witnessed, or that you have been a target of, discrimination, harassment, or a hate- or bias-motivated incident on campus or while participating in a University-sponsored activity, you can make a report at this site.
  • Office of the Ombuds: https://ombuds.ucdavis.edu 
    Provides confidential, independent, impartial, and informal problem-solving and conflict management resources for all members of the UC Davis and UC Davis Health campus communities.
  • Police Accountability Board: http://pab.ucdavis.edu 
    The Police Accountability Board develops and promotes accountability, trust and communication between the campus community and the UC Davis Police Department. Any person who feels they may have been directly affected by UC Davis police misconduct may file a complaint.


 
I am looking for media and technology options for my classes. Where do I find them?

Laptop computer
  • IET Media Lab: http://ietmedialab.ucdavis.edu/
    Provides access to media equipment and software for students, staff and faculty to create their own projects utilizing their scanner, video, audio, and general computer stations.
  • Free and Discounted Software: http://housing.ucdavis.edu/computers/free_software.asp
    UC Davis offers Free or Discounted Software to its students and employees through MyUCDavis. The software offered ranges from Ad-Aware to MatLab and covers a wide range of educational and computer security needs.


 
Where can I find additional academic support (writing and editing, tutoring, etc.)?

Computer, desk lamp, and books
  • Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers (AATC): https://tutoring.ucdavis.edu 
    Academic support for undergraduates in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Writing Across the Disciplines. Tutoring, classes, and workshops are offered throughout the academic year.
  • Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services (OEOES)–Success Coaching and Learning Strategies: https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/services/scls 
    One-on-one appointments, workshops, and web resources covering topics such as time-management, academic skills, and life skills.

Many departments also offer individual tutoring for the classes they offer. Check with instructors, TA’s and academic advisors to see if tutoring resources are available for your class.


 
What is expected of me and other students in terms of honesty and integrity?

Gavel
  • Student Support and Judicial Affairs: http://sja.ucdavis.edu/ 
    Provides framework for upholding standards of academic honesty and responsible behavior, promotes student development, and assists students in need.


 
I am looking for internship opportunities related to my major. Where do I start?

Two people at a desk with a briefcase


 
I need information about professional development, where do I go?

Person presenting in front of a projector screen
  • Center for Leadership Learning: https://cll.ucdavis.edu 
    “The Center for Leadership Learning aims to educate and cultivate the next generation of leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, have the ability to work effectively with others, and who are civically and socially engaged.”
  • Internship and Career Center: https://icc.ucdavis.edu
    Find assistance with locating and securing student jobs and internships.


 
Where can I get information about financial aid?

Pink piggy bank


 
I am an international student. Where can I find additional academic support?

Silhouette with a speech bubble

Each college has academic advisors that specialize in supporting international students to ensure that both educational and career goals are met. International Academic Advisors provide guidance and support pertaining to Undergraduate/College requirements, changing majors, and general questions about life at UC Davis.


 
How can I request special accommodations for my classes like extra exam time or note taking assistance?

Two textbooks
  • UC Davis Student Disability Center: https://sdc.ucdavis.edu/
    Committed to ensuring specialized academic support services that ensure that students with disabilities receive equal education opportunities.


 
Where can I get information about immigration and visa related issues?

Green notebook
  • International Students and Scholars: http://siss.ucdavis.edu/
    Provides immigration services, advocacy, and programs to support the UCD international community. For visa/status questions, please refer students here.


 
Where can I get information about advocacy groups for international students?

Three people in a triangle connected with lines
  • International Students and Scholars: http://siss.ucdavis.edu/
    Provides immigration services, advocacy, and programs to support the UCD international community. For visa/status questions, please refer students here.


 
I need assistance with planning courses for my major, for GE (General Elective) classes, and university/college requirements. Where can I find support for my academic planning?

Female in graduation cap and gown Each college has staff and faculty advisors to help you plan your courses and to help ensure you meet your degree requirements. Listed below are advising offices for each college. Academic Advisors in these office can assist you in getting the information you need.

 

 

Health & Wellness

  1. Help…I am not well and need immediate attention. Where do I go?
  2. Help…I am being harassed or bullied. Where can I find help?
  3. Help…I am stressed and/or depressed and need help. Where do I go?
  4. How can I get my prescriptions filled?
  5. How can I find a doctor?
  6. I’m having difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day.  Where do I go?
  7. I want to try to eat healthier. Where can I find resources and support?
  8. I want to exercise more, what are my options?
  9. Where can I find more information about family support resources like childcare?
  10. Where can I find information about work life balance?
  11. What else is there to do in Davis?
  12. Are there campus resources for alcohol and substance abuse, addiction, or dependency?


 
Help…I am not well and need immediate attention. Where do I go?

Red heart with a green plus
  • UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS): https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/
    This site is the main hub for UC Davis student health and counseling services. Students are provided information surrounding: medical care, counseling, wellness, urgent Care, insurance coverage and other resources and services available to them.


 
Help… I am being harassed or bullied. Where can I find help?

Hand with a red heart
  • Center for Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE): http://care.ucdavis.edu/about-care/index.html
    CARE is dedicated to reducing the incidence of sexual violence, including sexual assault sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence and stalking in the campus community. CARE serves the students, faculty, and staff of the University, at both the Davis campus and Sacramento campus. Our philosophy is that through education we can prevent these forms of violence.
  • Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program: https://hdapp.ucdavis.edu/
    Supports the University’s commitment to a discrimination-free work and learning environment by educating the campus community about the issues, assisting individuals and campus units to resolve conflicts and complaints related to harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, hate and bias. Also serves as the central office for receiving reports and maintaining records of these types of complaints.
  • Report Hate and Bias: http://reporthateandbias.ucdavis.edu/report/index.html
    If you believe you have witnessed, or that you have been a target of, discrimination, harassment, or a hate- or bias-motivated incident on campus or while participating in a University-sponsored activity, you can make a report at this site.
  • Office of the Ombuds: https://ombuds.ucdavis.edu
    Provides confidential, independent, impartial, and informal problem-solving and conflict management resources for all members of the UC Davis and UC Davis Health campus communities.
  • Police Accountability Board: http://pab.ucdavis.edu
    The Police Accountability Board develops and promotes accountability, trust and communication between the campus community and the UC Davis Police Department. Any person who feels they may have been directly affected by UC Davis police misconduct may file a complaint.


 
Help…I am stressed and/or depressed and need help. Where do I go?

Hand with a red heart floating above it
  • UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS): https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/
    This site is the main hub for UC Davis student health and counseling services. Students are provided information surrounding: medical care, counseling, wellness, urgent Care, insurance coverage and other resources and services available to them.


 
How can I get my prescriptions filled?

Pill bottle and pills
  • UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS): https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/
    This site is the main hub for UC Davis student health and counseling services. Students are provided information surrounding: medical care, counseling, wellness, urgent Care, insurance coverage and other resources and services available to them.


 
How can I find a doctor?

Male and female doctors with speech bubbles
  • UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS): https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/
    This site is the main hub for UC Davis student health and counseling services. Students are provided information surrounding: medical care, counseling, wellness, urgent Care, insurance coverage and other resources and services available to them.


 
I’m having difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day.  Where can I find resources and support?

  • Aggie Compass: Nutritious Food Resources: https://aggiecompass.ucdavis.edu/food-security
    Aggie Compass provides information about resources for fresh produce and information to buy the food you need. Many students face these challenges during college, and it’s healthy to seek support.


 
I want to try to eat healthier. Where can I find resources and support?

Bowl of salad
  • Aggie Compass: Nutritious Food Resources: https://aggiecompass.ucdavis.edu/food-security
    Aggie Compass provides information about eating healthier and navigating nutrition resources around the Davis area.
  • UC Davis Campus Recreation & Unions: https://cru.ucdavis.edu/content/1-activities-and-recreation-center-arc.htm
    Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle as noted by Campus Recreation and Unions (CRU). This site will provide you information surrounding informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your personal fitness goals.


 
I want to exercise more, what are my options?

Exercise weights
  • UC Davis Campus Recreation & Unions: https://cru.ucdavis.edu/content/1-activities-and-recreation-center-arc.htm
    Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle as noted by Campus Recreation and Unions (CRU). This site will provide you information surrounding informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your personal fitness goals.


 
Where can I find more information about family support resources like childcare?

Blue and gold pram


 
Where can I find information about work-life balance?

Balance scales
  • Worklife & Wellness – UC Davis: http://worklife-wellness.ucdavis.edu/wellness/
    This site provides access to resources for creating a balance between work-life and wellness. You will find information on family care, community support, breastfeeding support, workplace flexibility, events, work-life for academics and much more.


 
What else is there to do in Davis?

Map with a red pin


 
Are there campus resources for alcohol and substance abuse, addiction, or dependency?

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Career & Internships

  1. I am looking for internship opportunities related to my major. Where do I start?
  2. I need information about professional development in general, where do I go?
  3. How can I learn more about possible career choices related to my major?
  4. If I participate in a conference/professional event, how do I best network?
  5. Where do I find job postings looking for UC Davis graduates?If I participate in a conference/professional event, how do I best network?
  6. What should I put in my cover letter when I apply for a position?
  7. What information goes on my resume?
  8. How do I best prepare for a job interview?


 
I am looking for internship opportunities related to my major. Where do I start?

Two people at a desk with a briefcase

Faculty in your major are also great resources for finding internship opportunities. If you’re not sure how to ask faculty about these opportunities, ask an academic advisor in your major to help you get started.


 
I need information about professional development in general, where do I go?

Woman presenting at a podium
  • The Internship and Career Center is a good place to start. Meet with a career advisor, participate in a workshop, attend a career fair, find resources about careers. You’ll find what you need at the ICC:
    https://icc.ucdavis.edu/index.htm
  • The Health Professions Advising Office is another great place to go to learn more about health careers and preparing for professional schools in human and animal health:
    https://hpa.ucdavis.edu


 
How can I learn more about possible career choices related to my major?

Brown briefcase
  • Internship and Career Center: https://icc.ucdavis.edu/data/index.htm
    The center provides comprehensive information about internships, new career positions, jobs on campus. It also provides workshops on resume and interview basics, cover letters and professional communication.
  • “What Can I Do With My Major?” Blog: https://www.ucdavis.edu/majors/blog
    Read stories about Aggie alumni experiences taking their studies into different careers.


 
If I participate in a conference/professional event, how do I best network?

Male and female wearing suits and glasses
  • Internship and Career Center: https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/resources/networking/index.htm
    The center provides comprehensive information about internships, new career positions, jobs on campus. It also provides workshops on resume and interview basics, cover letters and professional communication.
  • Center for Leadership Learning: https://cll.ucdavis.edu
    “The Center for Leadership Learning aims to educate and cultivate the next generation of leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, have the ability to work effectively with others, and who are civically and socially engaged.”


 
Where do I find job postings looking for UC Davis graduates?

Graduation cap and diploma


 
What should I put in my cover letter when I apply for a position?

Paper with headshot icon
  • Internship and Career Center: https://icc.ucdavis.edu/materials/cover-letters.htm
    The center provides comprehensive information about internships, new career positions, jobs on campus. It also provides workshops on resume and interview basics, cover letters and professional communication.


 
What information goes on my resume? What’s the difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae (CV)?

Document with paperclip


 
How do I best prepare for a job interview?

Briefcase and magnifying glass
  • Internship and Career Center: https://icc.ucdavis.edu/interview/index.htm
    Find workshops and online resources to help you prepare to promote yourself and prepare for interviews. Workshops, individual career advising, and practice interviews are available through the ICC.

 

 

Campus Community

  1. Where can I find information about off-campus living?
  2. Where can I find more information about family support resources like childcare?
  3. How do students get to campus?
  4. What are popular lunch spots?
  5. What does the UC Davis student population look like?
  6. Where can I find other students like me?
  7. What else is there to do in Davis?


 
Where can I find information about off-campus living?

White house with red roof


 
Where can I find more information about family support resources like childcare?

Blue and gold pram


 
How do students get to campus?

Yellow bus and purple car
  • UC Davis TAPS: http://taps.ucdavis.edu/
    For the many students who commute to campus by car, Transportation Services sells parking permits and provides parking lot maps. They also offer services for cyclists, including bicycle education programs and tours of bike paths on campus.
  • Amtrak: https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=am/am2Station/Station_Page&code=DAV
    Located at 840 Second Street, Amtrak is a great option for travel to Oakland, Richmond, Downtown Sacramento and beyond.
  • UniTrans – City of Davis: http://unitrans.ucdavis.edu/
    Unitrans provides public transportation service to the entire city of Davis with 48 buses on 18 routes, carrying over 4 million passengers/year (over 22,000 on a typical day). Buses run every weekday from 7am-11pm, and the weekend from 9am-6pm. Anyone can ride Unitrans for one dollar cash fare, and many types of prepaid discounted tickets and passes are available. One special fare category includes UCD Undergraduate students, who can show a valid undergrad ID instead of a cash fare, because they pay a portion of their quarterly ASUCD fee to Unitrans.
  • Yolobus: http://www.yolobus.com
    Find bus routes, search schedules, and purchase tickets for the Yolobus system.


 
What are popular lunch spots?

Knife and fork
  • UC Davis Coffee House: https://coffeehouse.ucdavis.edu/
    The Coffee House offers a number of options for food on campus, including pizza, Tex-Mex, sandwiches, bagels, and a daily-rotating selection of dishes from the Cooks Line.
  • City of Davis: http://cityofdavis.org/
    This site is dedicated to providing information for Davis residents and visitors with information about Davis.


 
What does the UC Davis student population look like?

Three busts side by side


 
Where can I find other students like me?

Two people shaking hands
  • Communities and Clubs at UC Davis: http://studentlife.ucdavis.edu/play/communities.html and https://www.ucdavis.edu/campus-life/clubs-organizations/
    Learn about the many campus communities and clubs at UC Davis.
  • Student Community Center: http://studentaffairs.ucdavis.edu/students/scc/
    The Student Community Center supports all students and iis home to dynamic student life centers and academic services at UC Davis including: AB540 and Undocumented Student Center; Cross Cultural Center; LGBTQIA Resource Center; Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC); Undergraduate Research Center; Women’s Resources and Research Center
  • Office of Educational Opportunity and Enrichment Services (OEOES): https://opportunity.ucdavis.edu/about
    Connect with other students through the many OEOES programs, including Transfer and Veterans Services, the Guardian Scholars Program, the Educational Opportunity Program, First Year Aggie Connections, MURALS (Mentorship in Undergraduate Research in Agriculture and Letters and Science), and the Trio Scholars Program.
  • UC Davis – City of Davis: https://www.ucdavis.edu/campus-life/city-davis/
    A UC Davis-run site dedicated to providing information for students new to the city of Davis.


 
What else is there to do in Davis?

City buildings
  • City of Davis: http://cityofdavis.org/
    This site is dedicated to providing information for Davis residents and visitors with information about Davis.

 

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