Student Facilities & Protocols

Last updated 02/01/21

The latest updates about Berkeley divisional buildings and public spaces operated by Student Affairs. Find information about what student spaces are accessible, expectations for student behavior in campus spaces, and operational details like how to reserve study spaces. 

When Planning a Visit to Campus

As we are permitted to open more campus spaces with varying degrees of accessibility, please note students will only be allowed to enter spaces if they adhere to campus public health and safety requirements. This includes actions and commitments outlined in the following section.

Visiting Campus Quick Reference Checklist

  1. Take the one-time Keep Berkeley Healthy Pledge. Complete the task or find proof of completion in your CalCentral account.
  2. Follow public health guidelines. We show we care for the community when we wear face coverings, wash hands often, practice physical distancing, and get tested regularly.
  3. Be prepared to show your color-coded testing badge. Your badge, available in eTang, signals testing status and must be green to gain access to locations on campus.  
  4. Use the Daily Symptom Screener any day you visit. Remember to complete the screener before you arrive on campus or access a Berkeley facility; you’ll be emailed confirmation upon completion. You can also access on the go with the UC Berkeley app
  5. Adhere to ordinances from the City of Berkeley. Due to an ordinance, the city can fine anyone not wearing a face covering up to $500 a day. Find details in the Living in the City of Berkeley section below.
  6. Agree to location-specific guidelines for opened student spaces. Most open facilities will require confirmation of taking the pledge and screener to access the space. Some have additional guidelines to follow or require your Cal 1 Card for check in. Find details about opening shared spaces and student conduct and expectations below.

Note: Students are accountable for knowing and adhering to the UC Berkeley Student Code of Conduct, the Keep Berkeley Healthy Pledge, and other campus and local public health guidelines. Refusing to comply with campus requirements will result in consequences that could include being excluded from campus altogether. For more information, please review the Student Conduct and Expectations section below.


Keep Berkeley Healthy Pledge

Students must take the Keep Berkeley Healthy Pledge (available through CalCentral) in order to be allowed on campus or access to other UC Berkeley property. The pledge creates a shared understanding of the expectations between the University and Berkeley students and holds each accountable for the measures that will be taken to protect the community. As part of the pledge, students commit to:

  • adhere to public health practices including hand hygiene, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, symptom assessment, and temperature checks
  • wear a face covering at all times, both inside and outside, on University property 
  • practice physical distancing (6 ft.) on University property 
  • take COVID-19 prevention actions to reduce the spread of the virus

As part of the pledge, students acknowledge that failure to live by pledge requirements could lead to being denied access to on campus buildings and services, including classes, and may be a violation of the UC Berkeley Code of Student Conduct and result in disciplinary measures.


Community Expectations & Public Health Requirements

The university will continue to help students navigate by clearly communicating expectations for student behavior when on campus and encouraging healthy practices. Begin by protecting yourself and others: see University Health Services’ Bears Protect Bears guidelines for best practices and stay connected with coronavirus resources and support.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors need to follow all COVID-19 related regulations in order to enter university buildings and spaces, including:

  • Wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth at all times (exceptions for students living on campus when in their private residence). 
  • Practice physical distancing at all times.  
  • Follow local public health ordinances. 
  • Adhere to public health practices including hand hygiene, proper cough/sneeze etiquette, symptom assessment, and temperature checks.
  • Follow testing requirements and recommendations, as shared by University Health Services.


Color-Coded Badge System from eTang

As of January 26, 2021, anyone who comes to campus to work or study — including faculty, staff, postdocs and students who have permission to work on campus — will be required to get tested weekly for COVID-19. The mandatory testing program is part of UC Berkeley’s commitment to helping slow the spread of COVID-19, and will be monitored with the color-coded badge system. You may be asked to show that your testing is current (by presenting your green badge) to gain access to university buildings on or adjacent to the central campus. Visit campus community screening to find your required testing frequency.

The badge system is a tool set up through the University Health Services portal: eTang, that tracks testing appointments. Any student, faculty, or staff can find a reminder of their current testing status and their color-coded badge when they log into their eTang portal. If you need to update your badge, schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment in eTang. 

Watch the one-minute video to learn more about mandatory testing and what the various colors of the testing badge mean.


Daily Symptom Screener

Essential student researchers and student workers who must work on campus are required to complete a symptom screener every day before entering campus. Students who visit buildings on campus or who live in UC residential spaces are also required to complete a daily symptoms screener before entering campus. Residential spaces do not require a daily symptom screener but we do encourage it. You can access the Daily Symptom Screener in one of a variety of ways:


Living in the City of Berkeley 

In the city of Berkeley, everyone is required to have a face covering visible and ready to use when outside their home, and to cover their nose and mouth when within 30 feet of other people. The 30 feet requirement – roughly the length of three small cars – is to allow time to put on your face covering before others come within 6 feet. This standard applies when walking or exercising outdoors alone or with members of your household.

Please note: Effective September 15, 2020, a Berkeley city ordinance allows the civil enforcement of local health officer orders, including fines for anyone not wearing a facial covering. Individuals can be cited up to $100 a day for a first-time violation, with penalties up to $500 per day for repeat offenses. 


Opening Shared Student Spaces 

There will not be any large gatherings on campus this fall, but as public health conditions and testing capacity allow us to resume more activities on campus, the top priorities will be opening instructional and research spaces. We will then prioritize study spaces for students, like single-use meeting spaces and structured outdoor spaces.

Indoor Study Spaces

Building access will be designed to limit the number of people inside and the amount of time spent at a location by any single student. The chosen study locations have been identified as spaces where students typically spend no more than several hours. Policies for responsible use of common spaces in support of community wellbeing are being created.

How to Book Your Individual Workroom

UC Berkeley students can reserve individual workrooms in the Student Union buildings (Martin Luther King Jr. Building and Eshleman Hall). Twelve rooms will be made available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. These rooms are designated as quiet places where students can hold virtual meetings or phone calls. The Student Union encourages the use of these rooms for virtual counseling or wellness sessions, class prep or teaching for GSI’s and UGSI’s, virtual job interviews, or other private conversation. There is a 2-hour time limit on all reservations and students can make one reservation per day. Up to four reservations can be requested at one time. Booking in advance is preferred, but students may call day-of to reserve and book any available rooms at least one-hour in advance. To book a room visit the Student Union’s Event Services Website or for same day booking call 510-664-7977. 

To access a workroom, students must:

  • Present a Cal 1 Card (or other form of ID with Calnet authentication) at check in
  • Follow all COVID-19 related regulations including:


Moffitt Library Now Open for Studying

Beginning April 5, for the first time since the pandemic started, UC Berkeley students will once again be able to study at Moffitt Library. The new service will provide a productive, dedicated space for solo study sessions while emphasizing the well-being of all who enter the library’s doors, with safeguards such as low-density seating and mandatory mask-wearing. Reservations are required, and spots will be available weekdays from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. 
As a reminder, the Library continues to offer many services, such as remote access to librarians, the Oski Xpress pickup service, and digital access to materials (including via HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service).


Other Student Spaces on Campus

For the latest updates about other shared student facilities and buildings on campus, see the resources below. These pages are continually updated as new information becomes available.


Student Conduct and Expectations

As public health conditions change and we can open or close facilities to students, we will continue to provide updated guidance. The campus will clearly communicate what is required and will provide students with the support that they need to comply. Students will be expected to continue abiding by Berkeley’s Code of Conduct. Off campus, the city can impose fines and even cite people for failing to comply with public health orders.

Equitable Escalation Protocol

We are developing a transparent escalation protocol with equity and safety in mind: Center for Student Conduct (CSC) COVID- 19 Health & Safety Response. Processes align with existing policy and protocol from the Center for Student Conduct (CSC) and Residential Life. Refusing to comply with campus requirements will result in consequences that could include being excluded from campus altogether. Student organizations are prohibited from holding any in-person activity or meeting, regardless of the location. Student organizations who violate campus guidance, even when on private property, can be unrecognized and lose their privileges. For more information, please review the Temporary Provision on Misconduct Related to COVID-19 available on the Center for Student Conduct website.

Student conduct provisions: 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. 

We are excited to share this academic year with you and to open more spaces on campus as health conditions allow. We know that if we can come together as a community, we can help slow the spread. Be well, Bears!