February 5, 2021 - Super Bowl Weekend, Lunar New Year, and More...

This message was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students on 02/05/21:



Dear UC Berkeley Students,

We know this has been another challenging semester, and especially for all the students in our residence halls who are currently self-sequestering. We want to take this moment to encourage you to continue to keep your health and well-being in mind during special events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you planning to watch the Super Bowl this weekend, celebrate Lunar New Year next week, or have other upcoming special events, below are some tips to help you enjoy this weekend’s game and other events safely:

Remember health best practices:

  • Continue to practice physical distancing, avoid all gatherings with those outside of your housing grouping/”bubble” or household.
  • If you do plan to watch the game or celebrate holidays, keep it COVID-safe: gather only with your household group.
  • Please wear your face coverings in public, even if you are physically distanced 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 activities that violate public health orders.
  • If you observe a violation of public health guidelines involving members of our campus community, submit a report.  Please do not assume that someone else has already submitted a report; we welcome multiple reports of the same incident (and also please include as many details as possible to help facilitate investigations). We need everyone’s help in supporting community safety, so please do your part. Also be aware that if student groups are found to have violated public health guidelines or are found to have gathered in-person (even while outdoors), the Center for Student Conduct (CSC) can and does discipline recognized fraternities/sororities or other student groups by suspending and even revoking organizations’ recognition on campus.

Safe celebrating:

  • If you or those in your grouping choose to drink alcohol, drink responsibly, and please do it with your household only. Use the PartySafe@Cal healthy pandemic practice strategies
  • 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. traveling with a trusted member of your grouping ”bubble,” 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: nightsafety.berkeley.edu). 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 provision related to COVID-19. The University will not use information obtained through contact tracing to impose discipline. 
    • Any individual (including a victim/survivor) 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.
  • Sexual and intimate partner violence is 100% preventable with concerted time and effort and you can help change the UC Berkeley culture to prevent violence. 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.

Safety on campus:

  • PATH to Care Center Care Line: A 24/7, confidential, free, campus-based resource for urgent support around sexual assault, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, stalking, and invasion of sexual privacy (510) 643-2005. 
  • 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 (police.berkeley.edu). 
    • City of Berkeley - Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900. 

Please stay safe, healthy, and well. 


Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Sunny Lee, Ph.D.
Dean of Students