March 30, 2020 - Supporting you during remote instruction

UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Catherine P. Koshland, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., sent the following message to all undergraduate and graduate students 03/30/2020:


First and foremost, thank you for your patience and understanding as UC Berkeley provides remote instruction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are here to support you during this challenging time and are reaching out today to provide you with important updates on free course material, technology resources, and tips to help you with your studying for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. 

Free e-Books
The Cal Student Store is offering a no-cost solution to students who may have lost access to course materials that they previously shared with classmates or instructors, or accessed via the library. Today through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog (tens of thousands of ebooks) of eTexts will be available for free to students via VitalSource.All you need to do is to log-in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using your Berkeley email address to view course materials from participating publishers. As with many free offers, this offer does end so please pay close attention to the expiration date to avoid uneccesary charges.  

Technology Resources
As a reminder, if the technology resources you have available to you do not enable your effective participation in remote instruction or other academic work, please consider the following resources: 

Academic Support and Strategic Learning Resources
The Student Learning Center remains fully open via Zoom to support undergraduates with their coursework. Services include one-on-one support, drop-in tutoring, adjunct courses, study strategies workshops, study groups, language conversations, and community socials. In addition, students can utilize Student Learning Center online resources to study more effectively. From tips on how to optimize test-taking to strategies for managing time and stress, there is something for every learner. Lastly, through the newly launched Stay Well Together initiative, students can find a comprehensive direc tory of resources on and off-campus to support their eight dimensions of wellness.   

The resilience we have seen through you, our students, during this unprecedented time on campus and globally has truly been remarkable. Even though we may be physically separated, we remain committed to working alongside you to achieve your vision of success at Berkeley.