November 6, 2020 - Celebrating Safely this Football Season

*Note: This CalMessage was sent prior to the cancellation of the 11/07/20 first game of the season. The next home game for Berkeley is scheduled for 11/27. Nevertheless, the following recommendations and resources still apply. For more see: 

The Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Sunny Lee, Ph.D., Dean of Students; and Jim Knowlton, Director of Cal Athletics sent the following message to all undergraduate and graduate students on 11/06/20:


With Pac-12 football making its return this weekend, we wanted to inform you of some important changes, as well as encourage you to keep your health and safety in mind due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

First, we’d like to note a few changes to this year’s football season:

  • The football games are being held without spectators this year. This means congregating around Memorial Stadium is prohibited, and gathering on “Tightwad Hill”(aka Charter Hill) is not permitted. 
  • Tailgating on or near campus is not allowed at this time. Consider watching a live stream of the game at home with your household members instead. For complete schedule information, including kickoff times and television networks, visit the football schedule page
  • While students won’t be allowed to be in person at Memorial Stadium or Haas Pavilion, there is a way to be there virtually. Cal Athletics is offering the ability for students to purchase individual cardboard cutouts for the 2020-21 seasons to cheer on the Bears for half the price of the general public. Pricing is $25 for either Memorial Stadium or Haas Pavilion only, or $40 for both venues. To order, students should go to and the discount will be applied at checkout.

Below are some additional tips to help you enjoy the game safely:

  • Continue to practice physical distancing, avoid large gatherings.
  • If you do plan to watch the game in a social gathering, keep it COVID-safe: gather only with your "bubble" or household group.
  • Please wear your face coverings in public, even if you plan to view the game at a restaurant or outdoors. If you are eating or drinking, remember to cover your face between bites and sips. Face coverings are mandatory in Berkeley and surrounding cities; local authorities can take action in the form of fines and such for off-campus activities that violate public health orders.
  • If you or your friends choose to drink alcohol, drink responsibly, and please do it with your household grouping only. Use the usual PartySafe@Cal healthy pandemic practice strategies to stay at levels of intoxication that allow for hosts and guests to attend to best practices. 
  • If you are out with your household grouping, have at least one person who will watch over the group. When out at night, look out for your friends and stay in well-lit places. 
  • Use and encourage others to have a safe means of conveyance at all times (e.g. travelling with a trusted friend or in a group, taking a taxi/rideshare (just remember you need a face covering to ride), or utilizing the free night safety services available to every member of the campus community such as BearWalk or the night safety shuttle: Do not drink and drive! 
  • Learn more about how you can be an active bystander. Together we can prevent violence and harm by being active bystanders who care for one another.
    • Remember that you can still intervene while physically distancing. You can intervene on social media, video calls, texts, as well as in person. Check-in calls via video and phone may be ways to buffer against violence at home.
    • Learn more about our Responsible Bystander policy. Students who seek medical assistance for a fellow student involved with alcohol or controlled substances will not be subject to a Student Code of Conduct violation process if they themselves have violated the code’s sections regarding alcohol or controlled substances.
    • Students who cooperate with public health measures and serious misconduct investigations will not be disciplined pursuant to the temporary provisions related to COVID 19. The University will not use information obtained through contact tracing to impose discipline. 
    • An individual who participates as a complainant or witness in an investigation of sexual violence or sexual harassment or other serious misconduct will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for a violation at or near the time of the incident, unless the institution determines that the violation was egregious.
  • Remember consent and healthy relationships embody respect, listening, open communication, and agency. Consent is active, continuous and can be withdrawn at any time. Alcohol and other drugs can impact someone's ability to consent. Check in with your friends, and your partner, to ensure boundaries are being respected throughout every interaction.
  • Notice (and point out to your friends) the Emergency “Blue Light” Telephone stations located around campus. These can be used to notify UCPD that assistance is needed.
  • If you need help, dial 911 or use a blue light emergency phone (located throughout the campus and identified by a blue light on top of the phone box or column).
  • On campus non-emergencies - UCPD at (510) 642-6760 ( 
  • City of Berkeley - Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900 (

Please have a safe and fun weekend and enjoy the game. Roll on you Bears!