For nearly 13 years the Davis Center has been the ‘center’ of activity on our campus – from big-name speakers to small-time gatherings, and everything in-between.  While the buzz of activity typically prominent in our halls might look a bit different this semester, the Davis Center is excited to continue to playing an important role in keeping our community safe, while continuing to providing the services and support our students, staff, and faculty have come to expect.

Here’s what you can anticipate from the Davis Center during the fall semester:

We're Open!

The Davis Center has officially reopened to the public.  Our current schedule is as follows – but may evolve as the semester continues:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

All building visitors will be required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing (6 feet) at all times while in the building. Please pay attention to signage for proper usage of stairwells, access to services, and expectations around direction of traffic and areas in which lines form.

Find the Line

Many services including Textbook pick-up, Dining Pick-Up, and COVID Testing have new entrance points.  You must access the following services from specific entrances outside the building to assist in de-densifying the building and preventing large groups of people:

  1. COVID Testing & Information Center – Entrance is located adjacent from the Howe Library into the WRUV hallway, as marked by a large white tent.
  2. Dining Pick-Up  Use the Bite App to order your food ahead of time and provide touch-less payment. Lines for New World Tortilla, Green Roof Deli, the Dairy Bar, and The Marketplace (online orders) will form on the Green roof - while The Marketplace (non-online orders) line will form in the Chikago Landing inside the building (enter through the green roof entrance). It is highly recommended for you to pre-order your grab-and-go meals.
  3. Textbook Pick-Up – Order your textbooks online and pick them up in person in the Bookstore’s temporary textbook pick-up location inside the Career Center (2nd floor). Access will only allowed via the outdoor entrance located between the Davis Center and Aiken Center.

These lines may be altered after the first few weeks of the semester - so be sure to pay attention to building signage for the most up-to-date information.

COVID-19 Information & Testing Center

A critical part of UVM’s safety fall safety measures is the development of a regular testing plan for our campus community.  All non-symptomatic COVID Testing will occur in adjacent Burack Family Lounge and Game Room – which will not be accessible as recreational space this semester. As mentioned above, the entrance for testing will be from the WRUV hallway entrance facing the Howe Library. After testing, community members will exit the building via the door by the fish tank to ensure the traffic in the building is uninterrupted.

Testing Hours (AUG 31+):

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

*Hours are subject to change.

Please Note: You will need your CATcard and to have completed the Student Safety Training and Green and Gold Promise to complete your COVID-test.  

Learn more about UVM's Testing Plan

Services & Resources

Many services and resources in the Davis Center may have altered hours, or will be operating remotely for the semester.  The Bookstore, Hendersons, Student Life, Student Government Association, and CatPause can all be accessed as normal (with altered hours). While LivingWell and the Career Center will be operating their services remotely.  Brennan’s Pub + Bistro will not be open to dining this semester – though the space will be available for limited seating and small events.

Please review individual pages for services and resources for updates to hours and availability. The most up-to-date dining hours can be found at

Health & Safety

  • While the building will not be actively monitoring capacity – building staff will be actively monitoring public areas and addressing issues as needed. Individual locations inside the Davis Center will be managing their own spaces for capacity – signage indicating space occupancy has been installed throughout the building.
  • Hand Sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building for building guests to use.  We encourage frequent hand washing and sanitization from all visitors while in the Davis Center (and beyond).
  • The Davis Center’s HVAC system allows the COVID testing center to have its own dedicated air handling, with 100% fresh air supply from outside and enhanced levels of filters.
  • Our dedicated Davis Center custodial team will continue to concentrate cleaning of all high-touch points areas (restrooms, door knobs, etc.) at an increased frequency.
  • Reusable cloth face coverings are available, free of charge, to any UVM faculty or staff with a valid CATcard. These coverings may be picked up Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the 3rd floor Information Desk.  Once the semester has begun, these masks can be picked up anytime the building is open.  Learn more about UVM's face covering guidance.
  • Every undergraduate student will receive a safety kit that includes hand sanitizer, face masks, a water bottle, and more. Students can pick-up this kit when completing their test in the testing center located in the building.  Larner College of Medicine and Graduate students can receive their kits from their college.

Other DC Details

  • Seating in the Davis Center has been greatly reduced – and much has been replaced with quick-use high-top tables/chairs. We’re thrilled to provide a space for folks to relax and catch up – but ask they limit their time in these spaces.  We also ask that visitors do not move the furniture.
  • To accommodate the need for more socially-distant classroom space, the Grand Maple Ballroom will be used for classroom instruction during the semester. This space will still be used for limited programs on evenings and weekends.
  • The Nursing Mother’s Lounge on the 1st floor will be offline for the semester because of traffic from the COVID testing center.
  • The Davis Center showers will be unavailable for the duration of the fall semester.
  • Many 4th floor meeting spaces have been converted to support virtual events for campus. If you need assistance with hosting a virtual event in the Davis Center, reach out to UVM's events team.
  • If you are interested in booking space or planning meetings or events in the Davis Center, read University Events Services Event Help guide to see how to best approach your needs.

If you have additional questions about safety and the Davis Center, please reach out at

UVM's Return to Campus

It’s been a long time apart, and we’re excited to get back to campus. UVM values the health and safety of our community— on-campus, in Burlington, and statewide; so we've got a plan for success.

Read More about UVM's Reopening


individuals filling out paper work to complete testing

Visitor Expectations

Expectations for visitors to the Davis Center are the same as the rest of campus, and are set by state-wide safety guidelines including:

  • Use of face coverings at all time.
  • Practicing social distancing - remaining 6 feet apart from others at all time.
  • Frequent hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer
  • Do not come to the Davis Center if you feel sick, have symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have come in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19.

Learn more about symptoms and guidelines