March 24, 2020 - Stay Safe During COVID-19 - The Risk Is Real

UC Berkeley Director of Residential Life, Glenn DeGuzman, and Director of Center for Student Conduct & Assistant Dean of Students, Becca Lopez, sent the following message to students and families living in on-campus housing 03/24/2020:

 

The California-wide shelter-in-place remains in effect. We realize that abiding by the shelter-in-place order has created anxiety for some residents. Please continue to take care of yourselves. Per the Berkeley Health Department, students and families are able to move out of on-campus housing during the shelter-in-place but they must follow social distancing practices as they are doing so. Similarly, if you remain on campus, you must adhere to the shelter-in-place orders. These are designed to keep you safe; the virus affects young and old so please do your part.

Unfortunately, we are hearing some reports of dangerous, disruptive, or prohibited behaviors. During this time, when we are in our residences more than normal, it is important to be safe and demonstrate community respect and values. We remind everyone that our Residential Code of Conduct remains in effect (UVA residents may also see the Village Manual). As a result, conduct violations will continue to be investigated and adjudicated with Residential Life and the Center for Student Conduct

Parties and Gatherings Prohibited

This is NOT a time for socializing. It’s critical that residents continue to follow social distancing practices even when in the halls. Keep 6 feet away from others at all times (aside from your immediate roommate(s) when you are in your room). We are hearing reports of gatherings, parties, etc. We cannot stress enough that your health and safety - and that of those around you - relies on all of us continuing to follow social distancing. All parties or gatherings of people who do not live in your immediate room/residence are prohibited until further notice. If you leave your room to take a walk, do laundry, sit in a common room, or get food in the dining hall, maintain 6 feet between you and others at all times. We realize this is a difficult time and you are seeking community and connection; however, your health and safety are too important. Connect with each other online or via phone during this time. 

If you move out of on-campus housing, you should remain at your permanent residence. Do not return to campus to visit friends. Per the Berkeley Health Department, you are only permitted to return to collect your belongings.

Keep Your Distance in Common Spaces

While in common spaces, you must stay 6 ft away from others at all times. Do not hug people or take photos with them. Please also take care of our common spaces and dispose of your trash or unwanted things as you would at any other time. This will assist our custodial team in keeping our spaces and surfaces as sanitary as possible -- they are working extra hard to combat the virus. As always, our prohibition on smoking remains. 

If you see someone in an elevator, wait for the next one to provide ample space between you and the other residents. It is acceptable to enter the elevator with your immediate roommate(s). If you are waiting for the elevator, wait 6 ft apart and make sure to keep 6 ft away from the stairwell and bathroom doors.

If you see someone in the stairwell, yield to the person going downstairs. If you are going upstairs, take the exit to the nearest floor and wait in the hallway until the person going down has passed.

Maintain Reasonable Noise Levels

It is important you maintain reasonable levels of noise volume. Students are still studying and managing coursework, and we must be respectful of the fact that our living spaces are now also our primary study and work spaces. 

Avoid Lockouts

Due to recent changes in procedures, it is important to avoid locking yourself out of your residence. Please carry your keys with you at all times - even for trips to the bathrooms or other places within your floor or building (for our residential hall students). If you are locked out of your room, there may be a wait of two hours (or more) during this time, as our staff are addressing critical safety concerns. If you are locked out, please call your front desk first to see if they are open and can assist. If they are closed, then next call your RA on duty, at the number posted in your building (please no texting, calls only). 

Resources

There are many campus resources available if you need. Please see the Dean of Students Well-being resource site as a good place to start. 

  • Physical health: University Health Services (UHS) has a useful FAQ page with details on how to stay healthy and what to do if you think you may be sick. If you think you may be sick, and are not sure whether you need to come in, call the Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at 510-43-7197

  • Mental health: Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center are available for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or 510-42-9494 (after hours counseling line 855-817-566 ).

  • If you are experiencing financial difficulties, the Financial Aid and Scholarships office is available to offer resources and assistance, including emergency funding and cost of living adjustments. Please create a case online as soon as possible. 

  • The Basic Needs Center serves as a resource hub for undergraduate and graduate students who need support around their food, housing and financial needs. Services include case management, emergency housing, CalFresh and emergency food resources, as well as basic needs drop-in services. If you or someone you know is in immediate need of emergency food, housing or financial resources, please email basicneedssupport@berkeley.edu or call 510-859-7507 (MON-FRI 9-6 PM) for immediate support. 

  • Our Housing FAQs site remains a good resource for housing-related questions you may have. 

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this unprecedented time. We are here to assist you, so please reach out to your RD if you have any questions or concerns.