July 9, 2021 - Resuming in-person student services

Dear undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, 

We are delighted to be sharing more good news for the UC Berkeley community about the next school year. In addition to preparing for a return to primarily in-person instruction for the fall semester, we are preparing for a return to many in-person student services before the fall semester begins. Our plans are proceeding with guidance from public health officials and in full consideration of the community’s safety.

What You Need To Know Now 

  • Many campus services will resume in-person options before the start of fall semester.
  • Plan ahead to check department websites to see hours of operation, both remote and in-person options, for student services. Based on feedback from student pulse surveys, we plan to offer new combinations of in-person and remote options to better accommodate student preferences and schedules. 
  • Vaccination is the primary means of preventing infection from the coronavirus-causing COVID-19. 
    • Starting Monday, July 12:
      • Fully vaccinated students can receive in-person services without restrictions. 
      • Students who have received a vaccine mandate exception (for medical or religious reasons) can receive in-person services but will need to wear a face covering inside any campus building (aside from a personal residence) and will need to be tested at least once per week. 
      • Unvaccinated students who do not have an approved exemption will not be permitted to enroll and will be directed not to attend classes or participate in on-campus activities. 
    • Students must comply with the University of California vaccine mandate by Wednesday, August 4, 2021, two weeks before the fall term begins. The policy will allow for medical exemptions and exceptions based on religious beliefs. 

Services and Facilities In-Person Schedule 

Currently offering select in-person operations:

In-person services resuming or expanding by July 12:

  • The ASUC Student Union Martin Luther King Jr. Building is open to the campus community as follows: 
    • Amazon Hub+: Continues to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Enter from Upper Sproul Plaza.
    • Bank of the West: Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enter on the first floor of the MLK Jr. Building (north side of Lower Sproul Plaza, nearest the Ludwig Fountain stairs). 
    • Berkeley Art Studio: The indoor ceramics studio will open July 12 to the Cal community registered for studio access. Outdoor classes on campus and virtual classes will also continue.  
    • Cal Student Store: Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In-store shopping or online shopping with curbside pickup or mail available. 
    • Food Pantry: Open to all students and staff. Enter on the first floor of the MLK Jr. Building (north side of Lower Sproul Plaza) for our grocery bag pickup program. An updated online pantry app to check inventory and place orders for pick up is in development. Summer hours listed below apply from now through August 7; fall hours will be posted at basicneeds.berkeley.edu
      • Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
      • Thursday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
      • Friday: closed
      • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
      • Sunday/Monday: closed
  • Cal 1 Card will offer same-day walk-in (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and flex (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) appointments Monday to Friday.
  • The Cal Housing office will begin offering in-person services at 2610 Channing Street (second floor), Monday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. with virtual appointments available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. Housing staff will also be answering phones (510-642-4108) Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will respond to emails sent to reshall@berkeley.edu. Please check the Contact Housing page for details.
  • Cal Student Central will staff the Sproul Hall front desk Monday to Tuesday and Thursday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for directional assistance. 
  • Libraries will open with limited services:
    • Moffitt Library will be open as a place to study. The Free Speech Movement Café will also be open.
    • The C. V. Starr East Asian Library will be open for study space and on-site browsing of collections. Before August 25, patrons should use Oski Xpress, the contactless pickup service, to request items for checkout and pickup.
    • The Bancroft Library will be open for UC Berkeley and non-UC Berkeley patrons to schedule research appointments for on-site use of collections.
  • Student Affairs Cashier's Office is open for support in paying housing bills, buying meal plans, and similar services, on the second floor of 2610 Channing Way (510-642-1524). Open Tuesday to Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.

In-person services resuming or expanding by start of fall semester:

In-person services resuming during the fall semester:

  • August 23: The Student Technology Services help desk will resume in-person services at Eshleman Hall (lobby) and Moffitt Library (fourth floor) on August 23; hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone, Zoom, and email support will continue to be available now through the academic year; visit the website for more information.
  • August 25: Patrons can return to all of UC Berkeley’s Libraries. Hours of operation may be temporarily shorter than usual. Specific access policies will align with public health guidelines. Learn more on the Library’s COVID-19 portal.
  • September 7: The Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) will resume in-person services, by appointment only, on September 7.  Virtual appointments will also be available. The DSP New Student Orientation will be held online on August 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact DSP or your specialist for appointments: dsp@berkeley.edu Voice: (510) 642-0518.

Providing virtual support services until further notice:



We are optimistic about our return to primarily in-person instruction this fall, even as we remain prepared to pivot to meet public health needs. If pandemic conditions worsen, the campus is prepared to return to remote instruction and operations, based upon advice or direction from public health officials. We want to acknowledge once again the profound effect this past year has had on all members of our campus community and recognize the disproportionate impact it has had on many communities. Thank you for your continued flexibility, resilience, and vigilance. 

Our outlook is hopeful as we see these announcements as beacons of a return to normalcy. We are thrilled to be welcoming you back to campus soon with a wholehearted, Go Bears!


Stephen C. Sutton (he/him/his)
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Lisa García Bedolla (she/her/ella)
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies & Dean of the Graduate Division; Professor, Graduate School of Education

Sharon Inkelas (she/her/hers)
Interim Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion; Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty; Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment; Professor, Department of Linguistics

Oliver M. O’Reilly (he/him/his)
Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


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