October 1, 2021 - Have a Safe and Fun Homecoming Weekend

This message was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students.
 

Key takeaways: 

  • Get Consent, Respect Boundaries: Practice affirmative consent at all times. Practice acceptance of your own and others’ boundaries.
  • Gather smart: It’s best to gather only with fully-vaccinated friends or your household group. If you’re attending the game: fans are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas when in attendance at home events this season and facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces.
  • Help reduce virus transmission: Face coverings are required indoors in campus buildings and off-campus in the City of Berkeley (also remember new rules requiring proof of vaccination for indoor eating establishments, gyms, etc.). Testing is free and available to all students, faculty and staff. Please take advantage of this important resource. 

 

Dear UC Berkeley Students,

Go Bears! We’re excited for this upcoming Homecoming Weekend, and we hope that we’ll see you at the many activities and celebrations across campus! Please visit CalBears.com to see the full 2021 Game Day Guide, as some of the policies have changed this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We expect large crowds for this occasion and would like to take this opportunity to encourage all students to be attentive to their surroundings, keep their health and safety in mind, look out for each other, and demonstrate the care and respect we all expect from our Cal community. We can all play a part in making Cal safer, more fun, and inclusive for campus visitors and the community at large. We each have the ability to intervene or disrupt harmful or dangerous situations.

 

Below are some helpful tips. You may wish to save some of these important phone numbers in your phones for easy access:
 

At Cal Memorial Stadium

  • Fans are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in crowded outdoor areas when in attendance at home events this season. Facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces (such as restrooms) for guests ages 2 and up regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. Masks will be available at each gate for fans upon request. (As a reminder - face coverings are still required indoors in campus buildings and off-campus in the City of Berkeley, and remember new rules requiring proof of vaccination for indoor eating establishments, gyms, etc.).
  • All UC Berkeley sporting events comply with current local and state public health guidelines. Fans attending in-person must follow all posted signage, directions from event staff, and any instructions emailed in advance. Additionally, all Berkeley students, staff, and faculty are required to be in compliance with the UC vaccine policy to attend in-person. 
  • Gathering on “Tightwad Hill”(aka Charter Hill) IS NOT permitted. While tailgating on or near campus is generally allowed, fans are asked to act responsibly and in line with public health guidelines during these pregame activities.
  • If you or your friends choose to drink alcohol, drink responsibly.

 

Below are some additional tips to help you enjoy the weekend safely:
 

  • 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. Look out for one another: speak up or take action when another student is pressuring someone or crossing a line. Check-in with your friends and partner to ensure boundaries are being respected throughout every interaction.
    • When you see someone you haven’t seen in a while, please ask them if they feel comfortable before hugging or providing any other physical contact. Personal comfort levels at this stage of COVID vary, and we need to respect each other’s boundaries, personal space, and bodies.

    • There are resources to help you or a friend. All students - graduate, professional, and undergraduate - can access UC Berkeley’s PATH to Care Center. If a friend tells you that they have been impacted by sexual violence and harassment, relationship violence, or stalking, offering support and connecting them to resources is important. Survivors feel most supported when they are believed, listened to, and empowered to make decisions that help them feel safe and comfortable. One way to help your friend or peer is to offer to sit with them while they reach out to resources for support or to report. You can also support and respect them by maintaining their privacy and accepting their choices, regardless if you agree with them or not.

  • Gather safely. If you plan to watch the game or attend a social gathering, keep it COVID-safe by gathering only with fully-vaccinated friends or your household group. If you’re attending the game, fans are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings in outdoor areas when in attendance at home events this season and facial coverings are required at all times in indoor spaces.

  • If you plan to view the game at a public indoor space, remember that face coverings are required in the City of Berkeley unless you are eating or drinking, and remember new rules requiring proof of vaccination for indoor eating establishments, gyms, etc.

  • Be yourself: As you are navigating spaces, think about choices you are making. You have individual choice and identity; you don’t have to conform to social pressure.

  • If you or your friends choose to use or serve alcohol or other drugs, center your and others’ safety and well-being. Use PartySafe@Cal Harm Reduction & Risk Management approaches to get what you want without what you don’t want. Make a mindful plan and stick to it… every time! 

  • If you are out with friends, 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 friend or in a group, taking a taxi/rideshare (just remember you need a face covering for public transportation), 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!

  • 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).

 

Be sure to also check out: the Homecoming Events Calendar,  UC Berkeley Events Calendar  and Fun Cheap Bay Area Events Calendar.

Please have a safe and fun Homecoming weekend.

 

Go Bears,

 

Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

(he/him/his)

 

Sunny Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

(she/her/hers)

 

Samuel Santos

Assistant Vice Chancellor – Student Engagement 

(he/him/his)