Chancellor, Police Chief on Recent Immigration Enforcement Reports

UC Davis Chancellor Gary May with UC Davis Police Chief Joseph Farrow

Dear UC Davis community,

We want you all to be aware of our university’s position on immigration enforcement in light of recent reports that Northern California cities have been targeted for a major federal sweep.

UC Davis campus police will not conduct sweeps, nor assist in any federal raids or otherwise participate in efforts to detain suspected undocumented members of our university community.

We want you all to be informed of your rights and steps to take in the event U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents come on campus to enforce the law. Please read the Q&A prepared by the UC Office of the President.

Note that federal immigration agents with non-criminal warrants are barred from entering restricted areas such as dorm rooms and faculty offices without the occupant’s consent. Areas on campus that are open to the public, however, are also open to federal law enforcers.

If and when we learn of new developments we will share them on our News & Information webpage, social media channels and AB540 and Undocumented Student Center website.

Meanwhile, UC Davis leadership and UC President Janet Napolitano will continue to press for a legislative solution that will allow recipients of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to permanently remain in the United States. We will keep you apprised of developments in Congress and in the courts.

The strength and success of our university rides on the breadth of our diversity and the level of trust between campus police and our campus community. We will do everything in our power to uphold these values.


Gary S. May

Joseph A. Farrow
Chief of Police