Current Mitigation Actions

The campus is taking action to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19.

Updated January 25, 2021

Based on the Financial Mitigation Strategies, both central offices and units across campus are called to engage in efforts to address immediate financial needs and the limited-term impacts of the pandemic. Current mitigation actions include

Support for remote instruction

In order to provide the best possible remote experience for students, beginning in Fall 2020, the campus provided approximately $500,000 per quarter to units to support additional costs related to remote instruction. Just over half this amount was allocated to the colleges and professional schools that offer undergraduate courses and minors, and the remainder provided additional fee remission for TAs and Readers. The funds can be used to fund remote instructional improvements as identified by the Deans, and are primarily being used for additional TA and Reader support. 

Campus loan program for units with extraordinary needs and ability to repay

The campus has issued a call for applications for internal loans to auxiliary and self-supporting units that meet certain criteria. $70.2 million in loans with terms of 10-20 years were approved for the following units:

  • Student Affairs: Housing and Dining Services
  • Student Affairs: UC Davis Stores
  • Finance, Operations, and Administration: Transportation Services
  • School of Veterinary Medicine: Specialty Services Clinics
  • Continuing and Professional Education

Loans will be funded out of internal borrowing funds and will address a portion of COVID-19 related losses. Units will repay loans from future revenue. If necessary, loan amounts may be adjusted based on the final financial outcomes for fiscal year 2020-21 and any federal relief funding that may be available for these units. 

Unit mitigation plans

Campus units developed mitigation plans to address COVID-19 related losses experienced in their units that are not addressed through campus programs. As of Spring 2021 units reported local mitigation actions totaling $64.5 million, largely due to one-time savings from travel and entertainment, vacancy management, and use of carryforward funds.  These plans help identify unit capacity to address mitigation needs with unit sources as well as inform other budget decisions. The amount of local mitigation ultimately needed will depend on the final allocations of federal relief funds and other campus mitigation programs, which we expect to be completed during fiscal year 2021-22.  In December, Provost Croughan sent a message to unit leaders asking for these plans to be implemented. 

Mitigation Plan Template (.xlsx)

Campus mitigation for COVID-19 losses to scientific and administrative recharge units

Updated January 25, 2022

Campus identified a need for one-time mitigation funding for scientific and administrative recharge units (campus core facilities, contract and grant based recharges, administrative recharges) that had extraordinary losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2021, the campus mitigation program allocated $1.9 million to scientific recharge units for actual losses incurred from March to December 2020 (Round 1). 

In Nov. 2021, the campus allocated an additional $10.5 million to scientific and administrative recharge units for actual losses incurred through June 2021 (Round 2). In this second round of funding, both FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21 losses were evaluated in total, and funding provided in Round 1 was taken into account. 

Scientific and Administrative Recharge Mitigation Funding Requests

Unit Round 1 Applications Received Round 2 Applications Received Total Mitigation Funds Allocated

College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

6 13 $2,506,000
College of Biological Sciences 11 11 $1,591,000
College of Engineering 4 3 $526,100
College of Letters and Science 5 5 $153,000
Development and Alumni Relations - 1 $140,000
Finance, Operations and Administration - 4 $4,629,000
Office of Research 4 6 $1,590,900
Office of the Provost - 1 $291,000
School of Medicine 2 4 $701,000
School of Veterinary Medicine 2 5 $37,100
Student Affairs - 2 $256,000
Total 34 55 $12,421,100