February 2, 2021 - Please avoid all travel at this time

This messsage was sent to all students living in the residence halls on 02/02/21:

 

Dear residential student,

Thank you for your cooperation during this self-sequestration period that will last through at least Monday, February 8, 2021. As a reminder, you are required to remain in your room as much as possible and wear a face covering while in all common areas, including bathrooms (unless brushing your teeth, washing your face, showering, etc.). You may leave your household grouping only to obtain medical care including mental health care, to comply with your testing requirements, in case of emergency, and to obtain food according to a process that has been communicated to you in separate communications and by your hall staff.

In addition, you may only use the restroom when it is not occupied by another resident. Please try to determine whether or not someone is already in the restroom before you use it. This is based upon direction from the City of Berkeley's Health Officer, and will help us reduce virus transmission. 

We understand that some students may wish to leave campus to temporarily or permanently live elsewhere (e.g., with family members) but we strongly advise against leaving. You risk bringing COVID home with you and infecting a loved one who may be more likely to become severely ill; even if you have had a negative test recently, you may be incubating the virus. Travel can also create a new risk of exposure for you. You will also need to check that your travel/gatherings are permitted at your destination.  

Please note: any student who has been notified that they are contacts of a case should not leave without obtaining clearance from the UHS COVID Team (510-847-9407), as they are under quarantine order.

Students living in on-campus housing who choose to temporarily leave: We strongly advise against any traveling at this time. You risk exposing loved ones who may be older or have preexisting conditions that put them at great risk. If you do choose to leave campus based upon your unique needs, you should self-sequester for 7-10 days at your destination to reduce the risk of transmission to others.

  • You will also need to self-sequester for 10 days upon return to campus, just as you did at the beginning of the semester. This means 10 days, until your first two test results come back negative (with the second test collected at least 5 days after the first).
  • While you are away temporarily, you are still responsible for room and board fees. 

Students living in on-campus housing who choose to permanently move out before the end of the semester: Again, we strongly advise against any traveling at this time. Students who leave permanently will receive a prorated refund for their room and board/housing and dining fees for the remainder of the semester. However, we will not be granting cancellations prior to March 1, 2021. Also know there will be a $300 early cancellation fee, and you will need to return all keys to the front desk on/by your contract end date. If you still wish to submit a cancellation request, please visit the Forms page of the Housing website for information on how to cancel. If you leave permanently you should self-sequester for 7-10 days at your destination to reduce the risk of transmission to others.

Students with jobs/work-study positions: If you have a job or work-study position that requires you to work outside of your room, you should not attend on-site during this self-sequester time. If you have a work-study position, please let your supervisor know about the requirement and ask if you can work remotely this week or use COVID leave or administrative leave to cover this period. Supervisors received a communication this week asking them to be flexible with students affected by the self-sequestration requirement.

The risk is real. Please continue to adhere to our self-sequester.

Sincerely,

Heidi Scribner
Executive Director of Housing, Events and Facilities 
Residential and Student Service Programs 

Anna Harte, MD
Medical Director
University Health Services

Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM
Assistant Vice Chancellor