August 2, 2022 - Update on COVID-19 testing at Move-In and isolation policy for campus housing

Dear residents,

With Move-In approaching in two weeks, we are writing to update you on current plans for COVID-19 testing at Move-In as well as isolation policies for residents of campus housing. 

Move-In Testing

Campus housing residents are required to test for COVID-19 on Move-In day, and are strongly advised to test before Move-In and after arrival as well.

  • Test 1-3 Days Before Move-In: It is strongly recommended that you and your Move-In helpers get tested for COVID-19 one to three days before your arrival in Berkeley and await a negative result before traveling. You can use an at-home test or schedule a PCR (lab) test at a provider near you. Do not come to campus if you test positive within 10 days of Move-In or if you have symptoms. 
  • Required COVID-19 Test on Move-In Day: Campus housing residents are required to take a rapid COVID-19 test on their Move-In day. You will be provided with a free over-the-counter rapid COVID-19 test when you move in and will be required to verify having taken the test. 
  • Take a free PCR test 2-3 days after Move-In: It is strongly recommended that you take a PCR at-home saliva test 2-3 days after arrival. University Health Services (UHS) will have vending machines with free COVID-19 PCR home saliva tests at select locations on campus, including the first floor of the ASUC Student Union and Crossroads Dining Commons.

Visit the Move-In page for further information, including what to do if you test positive. Further details on Move-In testing will be shared in coming days.

Isolation/Quarantine Policies

For 2022-23, residents of campus housing with COVID-19 will still be required to isolate in accordance with public health requirements, however they will be allowed to isolate in place in their rooms while wearing a high-quality mask, until released by UHS. They can also choose to isolate off campus. Roommates of COVID-positive residents will not be required to quarantine; however, roommates at high risk of severe disease (per CDC criteria) may request a temporary move to another location (such as a hotel room) for the duration of the infectious period. Medically high-risk residents will be provided with accommodations, transportation, meals, and other basic needs at no extra cost.
 
Due to high vaccination and booster rates within the UC Berkeley community along with higher population-level immunity and mutations in the virus that may be associated with milder illness, UC Berkeley will be using an isolate-in-place protocol, changing from the previous policy announced in June. It’s important to keep in mind that campus housing residents who become sick with other illnesses, such as the flu or a cold, usually remain in shared rooms with their roommate(s) while recovering.

In order to reduce risk of transmission, we will take a number of steps in our housing and dining facilities, such as (but not limited to): offering to-go meals at the doors of our dining commons, continuing enhanced cleaning/sanitizing practices, providing sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies, opening windows, and requiring students with COVID and COVID-like symptoms to wear high-quality masks at all times during their isolation period (double layer surgical, N95, KN95, or KF94), as required by local public health order

More details on the isolation/quarantine policy, as well as other important resources, will be shared on the Cal Housing COVID-19 information page.

We are looking forward to you joining us!  We are committed to supporting your health and wellbeing during this continued pandemic, while ensuring that your college experience is as enriching and fulfilling as possible.

If you wish to cancel your Academic Year 2022-23 Cal Housing contract without financial penalty, you must do so by Sunday, August 7, 2022. To submit your cancellation request:

  • Please go to portal.housing.berkeley.edu and log in with your CalNet ID.
  • Locate the “Online Forms” link in the top left, and select the “Cancellation Form.”
  • Follow the prompts there to select 2022-23 term.
  • Select COVID-19 as your cancellation reason.
  • Submit your cancellation request on the housing portal.
  • Email reshall@berkeley.edu if you have questions or need more information on this process. 

For more information on our policies, please visit our COVID-19 page. If you have any questions or concerns, please email reshall@berkeley.edu

 
Sincerely,
 
Dana Bache, Ed.M.
Director, Cal Housing Administration
 
Anna Harte, MD
Medical Directo