December 7, 2021 - RRR and Winter Break

Dear undergraduate, graduate, and professional students,


As the fall 2021 term comes to an end, I wish you luck in your final exams and thank you for contributing to the Cal community. I know COVID-19, now with the Omicron variant, continues to linger; rest assured, we will continue to monitor and update you about our campus situation. For now, it’s strongly recommended you get a COVID-19 booster, if you meet the requirements, and a surveillance test before you travel.


Here are this month’s other key takeaways:


Winter is coming; that is, RRR Week and final exams. Moffitt Library and the Main (Gardner) Stacks will be open for 24-hour access during RRR (Reading, Review, and Recitation) and final exam weeks. Need some inspiration? Senior and transfer student Lillian Marsh rates the libraries for study places, and you can get some sage advice on managing finals from your fellow students. Be sure to unwind at the DeStress Fest at MLK through December 17. If you’re interested in studying abroad, check out student tips on our Study Abroad program (deadlines come up in January/February for the following year).


Health and Safety


COVID Test Before Winter Break

If you plan to travel over winter break, University Health Services recommends that you get a surveillance test at UHS approximately three days before your trip. If you need testing documentation for travel purposes, we recommend that you get this testing/documentation done at a place that specializes in travel testing. Please check the UHS testing before travel web page, which includes links to outside resources for travel-related COVID testing.


December UHS Testing Hours

UHS will continue to offer COVID-19 surveillance testing at the Recreational Sports Facility site on its normal schedule (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) until Dec. 22, when it will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The testing site will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2022. Please make your testing appointments via eTang as usual.


Get Your Booster

Getting a COVID-19 booster is strongly encouraged if you are 18 or over, and it has been at least six months from your original vaccination series time-period for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or it has been at least two months since your J&J vaccine. UHS may have some limited booster appointments; check availability on eTang. Boosters also are widely available in the community:


Flu Shots at Tang Center

Drop-in flu shot clinics are happening at the Tang Center on Dec. 9, 10, and 17 from 9 a.m. –11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.–4 p.m., free for students with SHIP and $40 for non-SHIP students. Please bring your Cal 1 Card. You can also get a copy of your receipt by sending a message in eTang to the Cashier to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.


UCPD Safety Tips

Recently, there has been an increase in thefts and break-ins, on and around campus, and this is a trend we are seeing across the nation. The University of California Police Department encourages you to please keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Place electronics, cell phones and other valuables out of sight while out and about

  • Travel with a friend or BearWALK night safety services and stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas

  • Be aware of your surroundings

  • Set passwords on your electronic devices to protect your information

  • Consider using tracking software to aid in locating your devices

  • In your car, residence, or office, lock your doors/close windows

  • It is best to not resist the demands of the thief, nor to pursue them

Thank you for being vigilant in addressing crime prevention, and UCPD will continue to work to reduce crime and improve safety on our campus.


Connecting and Community


DeStress Fest

Not distress but DeStress Fest! Take a break from the books and unwind after finals with two relaxing activities every weekday through Dec.17, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. on floors 1 and 2 of the MLK Jr. Building. Activities include: wreath making, bingo, puzzles, pet-a-pet, yoga, photo booths, and more. Check out the Student Union Instagram for each day's activities.


Student Tips for Finals

It’s all about self-care, strong study habits...and hot chocolate? Here are some final exam study tips from four current students.


Cafe Ohlone, Pow Wow, and More

To continue the celebration of Native Heritage month, Berkeley Life features some of the new and ongoing Native owned and oriented places, events, and opportunities linked to UC Berkeley, including acclaimed Cafe Ohlone and the annual Pow Wow.


Holiday Pop-Ups and Local Gifts

Support local artists and take care of your holiday gift list at the Berkeley Art Studio Holiday Pop-Up Shop. The shop, located on the third floor of the MLK Jr. Building, just off Upper Sproul Plaza, is open Dec. 3–12, noon–5 p.m. All proceeds benefit local artists and the Art Studio. For more gift ideas, check out the News Center article on buying and giving back locally.


Resources and Support


Discounted Princeton Review Access

The ASUC Office of the President has partnered with the Princeton Review to offer all UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students a 20 percent discount on test prep materials and ten percent off individual private tutoring sessions. To get the code, fill out this form. For more discounts and community updates, follow @ucbpresident on Instagram.


Library Hours for RRR Week and Finals

Need a place to study late into the night? Moffitt Library and the Main (Gardner) Stacks will be open for 24-hour access during RRR (Reading, Review, and Recitation) and finals weeks. For the most up-to-date library hours, see the Library’s hours page. In addition, the MLK Jr. building will be open until 10pm this Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12. UCPD reminds students to use safe conveyance programs such as BearWALK night safety services, or walk with a friend, or in a group. BearWALK operates starting at dusk, 7 days a week, and you can book a BearWALK through our phone app or via phone at 510-642-WALK (9255).


Extended Hours During Moffitt Closure

While Moffitt Library closes from January through August 2022 for seismic upgrades several libraries — including Doe and Main Stacks — will extend their hours. Here’s a student’s observations on other campus libraries, too, for starters. We'll continue to provide updates about Moffitt Library so stay tuned.


New Graduate Student Housing

Opening in January 2022, new graduate student furnished housing will be available at the Intersection Apartments in Emeryville, just three miles from main campus. You can apply now for spring semester housing in this independent-living option for single graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.


Spring Housing Still Available

Reminder: There are still a few spaces open for spring 2022 campus housing for undergraduates. Most openings will be in residence halls, where you’ll enjoy community, residential programs, and support that you won’t find off campus, as well as convenient Berkeley locations.


Reminder: Apply for 2022/23 Financial Aid

The 2022/23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the California Dream Act Application are now open. To help you get started on the aid application process early, here are a few resources:  FAFSA Tutorial Videos and CADAA Video Tips. Also, save the date for spring virtual financial aid application workshops: Jan. 13 (noon– 2 p.m.) and Feb. 15 (3–5 p.m.).


Flex Dollars, Meal Plans

Flex dollars are a great way to add variety to your Cal Dining meal plans. Remember: Flex dollars (and meal swipes) are available to use only at official Cal Dining locations. By the way, your Cal 1 Card debit account feature is separate from your meal plan, and that can be used at select restaurants and with local merchants. And, just as a reminder, Cal Dining locations will be closed for winter break, the weeks of Dec. 19 and Dec. 26. Students who are approved to stay in designated residence halls on an emergency basis over winter break will receive details via email about housing and dining logistics.


Dec. 9 Cal Dining Winter Fest

This Thursday, Dec. 9, you can use your meal plan at Café 3, Clark Kerr, or Crossroads dining commons for Winter Fest, a special seasonal celebration.


Honor Code Reminder

With upcoming finals and final project deadlines, please keep in mind Berkeley’s Honor Code and do your part in upholding academic integrity. If you are unsure about what may constitute a violation, the Code of Student Conduct outlines policies related to academic integrity, including allegations of cheating, as well as potential sanctions. Students who are reported to the Center for Student Conduct (CSC) can find information and resources about the process on the CSC website.


Single Sign-On Required for Zoom

Starting Jan. 11, all Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and eligible affiliates will be required to sign into Zoom through Single Sign-On (SSO) using their CalNet ID and passphrase. This change is being made to increase security and make the sign-in experience consistent with other campus services. See detailed login instructions.


Jobs, Careers, Volunteer


Be a GBO Student Leader

Undergraduate students - Golden Bear Orientation is a foundation for everything that follows at UC Berkeley, and you can help our newly admitted undergraduates by becoming a Golden Bear Orientation Leader for 2022. While growing your skills in leadership, mentorship, and community development as a GBO leader, you will transform lives by acclimating our new undergraduates to UC Berkeley’s academic environment. Applications open Jan. 3. Graduate students - if you know or work with an outstanding undergraduate student whom you believe would be a strong GBO Leader, simply fill out this nomination form.


Now Hiring: Financial Aid and Scholarships Office

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office has multiple openings for student jobs. Check out the new Student Jobs with FASO to learn more about the open positions and how to apply.


Thinking of Studying Abroad?

Make it happen with these tips from a UC Berkeley student who studied abroad. Deadlines for many programs come up in the spring, and the upcoming break can be a good time to begin preparing your application materials.


Enjoy your much-deserved winter break and see you in January!




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


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