Navigate Student Spaces: Facilities & Wellness

Last updated 3/11/22

 

The latest updates about Berkeley divisional buildings and public spaces operated by Student Affairs. Find information about student space accessibility, expectations for student behavior in campus spaces, operational details, and community health resources. Additional information about updates, plans, and anticipated recovery efforts is available at UC Berkeley’s COVID-19 resources page

 

On this page you can find the following resources (click to jump to point on page): 

 

Campus Readiness   

Thank you for your continued patience and resiliency as we continue the process of recovering from an immensely challenging time. Campus leadership continues to consult with campus stakeholders and closely monitor local infection rates, local hospitalization rates, CDC guidance, and other relevant information to ensure that campus policies continue to be in alignment with prevailing public health guidance.

  • The campus remains open; students, staff and faculty are welcome to come to campus for all other research, administration and operational purposes. 
  • Normal campus operations are continuing and many in-person campus services remain available.
  • Plan ahead to check department websites to see hours of operation for student services. Find contact information and updates for Student Affairs Offices and Services.
     

Navigation Apps

  • Plan ahead and be prepared by downloading the latest version of the UC Berkeley Mobile App. It provides easy access to tools you need like the Daily Symptom Screener and other information to help you navigate the physical campus safely.
  • For those who have not been on campus for a while or are joining us for the first time, the YouVisit Campus Tour (web app) is an easy and helpful way to familiarize yourself with campus.

 

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Commitment to Community Health

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 with University Health Services’ Bears Protect Bears guidelines for best practices and support. 

 

Community Expectations and Health Requirements

All UC Berkeley students are expected to help protect the community by adhering to campus public health and safety requirements. Students, faculty, and staff need to follow all COVID-19 related regulations in order to enter university buildings and spaces, including:

  • Vaccination requirements. Vaccination is the primary means of preventing infection from the coronavirus causing COVID-19 and is required under the University of California vaccination program. Read the UC FAQs for students for details and answers to common questions. 
  • Booster shot requirements. The UC system has announced that under current UC COVID-19 policy, students are required to obtain a booster shot as soon as they are eligible. Our campus expects all faculty, staff and students who are eligible to get their booster no later than the start of instruction on January 18 (or by the first day you are on campus if you will be on campus before January 18). Please review the instructions for how to update your vaccination record in eTang with your booster information.
  • Campus community screening. Visit campus community screening to find required testing frequency for community members with approved vaccine exemptions or other eligibility. The testing program is part of UC Berkeley’s commitment to maximize efforts to promote a healthy campus..
  • Wear face coverings or masks as directed. Visit the campus mask covering information page for details and rules. Students and community members in university spaces will need to wear face masks if directed by policy or per posted signs at events. 
    • A special note on mask types: Public health authorities now find many cloth face coverings are inadequate, and are instead recommending legitimate N95 and KN95 respirators, surgical masks, or KF94 masks in indoor settings. Please utilize these as much as possible. Cloth face coverings where light can pass through the fabric are strongly discouraged.
    • Students can pick up free disposable surgical masks from Eshleman Hall (lower Sproul Plaza). Limit two masks per individual.
    • Note that the Center for Student Conduct temporary provisions have additional details about mask expectations for vaccinated and unvaccinated students with exemptions.
    • Outdoors, masks are optional and may be worn by anyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) if they choose to do so.

Additional University Health Services Guidance:

  • For information about testing and vaccination requirements for all students when arriving on campus, see UHS Testing for COVID-19
  • For planning arrival to or departure from campus, see Travel Guidance.

 

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Accessing Buildings and Facilities

Please note that students will only be allowed to enter spaces if they adhere to campus public health and safety requirements. This includes the actions and commitments outlined on this web page.

Campus Access Checklist

1. Follow campus health guidelines

The following apply to student services, buildings, and facilities:

  • Fully vaccinated students can receive in-person services with limited restrictions. Once they become eligible, students must receive their booster and upload the record to eTang in order to be considered fully vaccinated.
  • Students who have received a vaccine mandate exception (for medical or religious reasons) can receive in-person services but will need to follow face covering guidance 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 receive at least one COVID-19 test through University Health Services to access campus facilities. If you have not already been tested through UHS, schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment (PDF).
  • Wear masks as directed. Follow campus provisions and policies, posted signs, and City of Berkeley regulations as appropriate. 

2. Be prepared to show your Campus Access Badge in health care settings and during Golden Bear Orientation check in.

Students may be asked to present a blue or green access badge to gain access to health care settings and during Golden Bear Orientation check in. For easy access in the UC Berkeley Mobile app, tap “Campus Access Badge.” The badge displays your compliance with all campus requirements, including testing and vaccination.

  • Log in to the app to complete the Daily Symptom Screener, show your Campus Access Badge, and access the eTang Portal.
  • The badge system is set up through the University Health Services portal: eTang, and any student, faculty, or staff can also find their color-coded badge by logging into the portal. 
  • If you need to update your badge, schedule a COVID-19 testing appointment in eTang. 

Note: If you received the vaccine outside of University Health Services, you will need to upload a record of your vaccination and booster to eTang (PDF). This is the only method for verifying vaccination status in order to comply with vaccine mandates. 

3. Use the Daily Symptom Screener any day you visit campus. 

Students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a symptom screener before entering spaces on campus; you’ll be emailed confirmation upon completion. Residential spaces do not require a daily symptom screener but we do encourage it. You can access the screener in a variety of ways, including on the UC Berkeley Mobile app.

4. Follow City of Berkeley regulations when outdoors or not on campus. 

Members of the community are expected to be aware of regulations when on campus and while living in the city. City regulations are subject to change. 

5. Agree to location-specific guidelines for opened student spaces. 

Some spaces have additional guidelines to follow and may require your Cal 1 Card for check in or have posted signs with directions. Additional expectations for students moving into campus housing are outlined in the Residential Code of Conduct.

6. Student employees must take online worker protection training. Student researchers and student workers who work on campus are required to take a short online training about protecting workers from COVID-19

 

Note: Students are accountable for knowing and adhering to the UC Berkeley Student Code of Conduct and other campus and local public health guidelines.

 

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Shared Student Spaces Updates

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

Locate and learn about Student Affairs offices and services.

 

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Student Conduct and Expectations

As public health conditions allow facilities to open to students, we will continue to provide updated guidance on 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. Please visit the Academic Accommodations Hub if you require academic accommodations as a result of COVID-19 (for illness, hardship, or other).

 

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Campus Wellness Resources

Find services below and visit the Dean of Students Well-being resources for additional support. For help navigating our many services, please contact: deanofstudents@berkeley.edu.

Access University Health Services Support 24/7. If you think you may be sick, and are not sure whether you need to come in, call the Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at 510-643-7197. If you are having difficulty breathing or other severe symptoms, you should seek help at the nearest emergency room. Additional resources:

Basic Needs Resources. The Basic Needs Center serves as a resource hub for undergraduate and graduate students who need support around their food, housing and financial needs. If you or someone you know is in immediate need of emergency food, housing, or financial resources, email basicneedssupport@berkeley.edu or call 510-859-7507. 

Student ​​Mental Health Resources. Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or 510-642-9494 (after hours counseling line 855-817-5667). Informal Let’s Talk drop-in consultations are also available.

Survivor Support from Path to Care Center Advocacy. Find confidential counseling with a holistic approach to supporting survivors in exploring all options, rights, and resources. Call the Care Line for 24/7 urgent support: 510-643-2005.

Wellness Resources. Berkeley Recalibrate offers tools that will help you identify your own unique system of wellness as wellness is personal, multi-dimensional, and our needs are frequently changing.

Flu Shots. To support the health and well-being of our communities and avoid overwhelming our medical providers, influenza immunization (flu shots) will be available for UC Berkeley students from University Health Services.

 

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Additional Public Health Precautions

Vaccination is the primary means of preventing infection from the coronavirus causing COVID-19. Resources below encompass coronavirus recovery response programs and general public health and safety offerings.

Stay Informed with Emergency Alerts. The university monitors all emergency situations on campus and provides alerts to the community.

Notification and Contact Tracing. University Health Services engages in rigorous contact tracing and notifies individuals and groups that have had close contact with people who have tested positive. You can track the UC Berkeley coronavirus dashboard to check new cases and trends on campus and immunization rates. 

Sequester When Sick. Sequestering is a preventative measure where people deliberately restrict their movement to avoid contact with others. 

  • If you feel sick, please remain home and avoid contact with anyone – including those in your living situation. As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom.
  • If you test positive, you will be required to adhere to public health guidelines including providing information to assist with contact tracing. University Health Services will provide guidance.
  • For information about vaccination, testing, and self-sequestering requirements, review the UHS COVID Guidelines for Students.

Quarantine Housing on Campus. The university is setting aside isolation and quarantine facilities. The isolation and quarantine facilities are for students diagnosed with COVID-19 and exhibiting mild symptoms, or for those awaiting the results of their test. Students with severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should be in a medical facility. University Health Services can assist students in determining where they should be.

 

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Flexibility and Outlook

If pandemic conditions deteriorate, 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 pandemic 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. 
 
We are excited to share this academic year with you and to open more spaces on campus. We know that if we can come together as a community, we can successfully navigate campus together. Be well, Bears!

 

 

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