Student Affairs Offices, Services, and Updates

Last updated 08/12/21


Find information about services and support within the Division of Student Affairs for students, faculty, and staff. Visit the Return to Campus information page for additional information about university recovery plans.


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


Response and Recovery Updates

Find in-person and remote hours and availability in the resuming in-person student services announcement.


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FAQs About Recovery Efforts

What is the current plan for Fall 2021?

For information about Fall 2021, check the return to campus website, the news article about UC Berkeley’s plans for the fall semester, and the Student Affairs message about resuming in-person student services. For more about in-person services, see the Navigate Student Spaces resource.

What do I need to know regarding testing, vaccination, and/or self-sequestering upon arrival this Fall?

Refer to the University Health Service's Summer and Fall COVID Guidelines for Students for details and expectations. Find information for students who are vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or unvaccinated with an approved exemption, as well as details for those living on campus, off campus, and coming from abroad. 

I’m fully vaccinated. What am I able to do?

If you are fully vaccinated, please upload your vaccine records in eTang. Also, take a moment to review University Health Services’ guidance on what has changed and what hasn’t now that you are fully vaccinated. (In summary: it does not yet mean a full return to pre-pandemic ways.)

Will I need to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Vaccination is the primary means of preventing infection from the coronavirus causing COVID-19 and is required under the University of California vaccination program. Learn about UC Berkeley’s vaccination requirements and read the UC FAQs for students for details and answers to common questions. 

  • The effective date for policy compliance is Wednesday, August 4, 2021, two weeks before the UC Berkeley fall term begins.
  • The policy allows for narrow medical exemptions consistent with CDC guidance and manufacturer labeling on contraindications and precautions. As with other policies and, in accordance with relevant federal and California law, faculty, staff and students will also be eligible to request disability accommodations and exceptions based on religious belief. 
  • Those with approved exemptions or accommodations may return to campus with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings and comply with the campus testing plan, which at a minimum will be weekly. Employees who choose not to be vaccinated, and have no approved exemption, cannot work on campus.
  • If you received the vaccine at an off-campus vaccination site, you will need to upload a record of your vaccination to the secure eTang portal as soon as you have received your last dose and have a complete vaccination card. If you were vaccinated on campus, no further action is required.
  • We recognize that, if you are outside the United States, you may not have access to vaccines. The policy makes allowances for this situation and allows students to attend classes while in the process of getting vaccinated, after an appropriate quarantine period.

What are face covering policies this fall?

Please refer to campus face coverings information for the most current updates and guidelines. In general, face coverings will be optional for vaccinated students indoors or outdoors, and required indoors for unvaccinated students.

Will there be in-person classes?

With the widespread availability of vaccines, and steadily improving local conditions, the university plans to begin in-person instruction at the start of the fall semester (for most programs, August 25, 2021), rather than observing a seven-day period of remote instruction as previously announced. Courses coded as “in-person” will meet primarily in person, and physical attendance on campus is expected. A few additional notes:  

  1. Students are expected to be in residence in time for the start of instruction if vaccinated or in time to observe a one-week period for testing, vaccination, and self-sequester before the start of in-person classes if unvaccinated.
  2. Classes with enrollments of 200 or more students will continue to be delivered remotely during the fall semester.
  3. Most courses will not have an “all-remote” option.
  4. A limited number of remote instruction offerings are being made available primarily to support the needs of international students who may not be able to enter the country.
  5. As always, if you need accommodations for a disability in order to fully participate in your in-person courses or to postpone your studies until you are able to attend your courses in person, please visit the Disabled Students’ Program website to apply for services.

What is meant by “mode of instruction”?

Mode of instruction is how a class component—lecture, discussion, lab, etc—is delivered in a given semester. If you are trying to determine if the class you are enrolling in will be in-person or remote, use the “mode of instruction” filter in the Academic Guide’s Class Schedule or the Cal Central Schedule of Classes. The mode of instruction is noted on the class details page of each section. Please note: mode of instruction may vary within a course (for example, the lecture and related discussion section or lab may have different modes of instruction).

I’m an international student. Can I still take my classes remotely?

We know that some international students may not be able to attend in-person classes in the fall because of their inability to obtain a visa and/or enter the United States. While we are advocating for the removal of government restrictions that apply to international students, you may, in the interim, still enroll in fall courses from abroad. The majority of classes will be offered in person, but classes of 200 or more will be remote. Some courses will also be provided asynchronously, but in-person classes that are offered asynchronously may still require in-person attendance at the final exam. International students are encouraged to consult with their department and college as well as the Berkeley International Office (BIO) to evaluate their options if they are unable to come to the United States due to travel restrictions. 

International students should view the latest Berkeley International Office COVID-19 updates for detailed information on how travel bans and National Interest Exceptions may affect their entry into the United States. You can refer to the Berkeley International Office's archive of messages for international students and contact BIO for additional information.

Will I be able to live on campus? What will campus housing occupancy look like?

Refer to Housing information and FAQs for 2021–22 for the latest details about campus housing and occupancy.

Can I host an in-person event on campus for my student group/club?

Registered student organizations (RSOs) may plan events for the Fall 2021 semester, but they should understand things are subject to change and planning may require more time than usual. Please consult the planned venue/site for your event for their reservations policies, and also check if the Major Events Policy applies to your event. Large gatherings such as conferences and events will have capacity limits or vaccination requirements. For the latest information on this process, please consult the campus coronavirus website.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Messages

For earlier messages and announcements, please see our Message Archive. Read previous Berkeley Life Roundup emails, monthly updates sent to all students with information about health and safety, resources and support on campus, and finding community.


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Student Services and Support on Campus

ASUC Student Union

The ASUC Student Union is a hub of student life at Berkeley. Find places to shop, study, create, and connect with other students. 

Basic Needs Center

Find resources for housing and food security from the Basic Needs Center. For additional information call 510-859-7507.

Berkeley Art Studio

Berkeley Art Studio is found at the Student Union and offers classes in ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, design, and printmaking. Registration is open to the whole UC Berkeley community.

Cal 1 Card 

Get your Cal 1 Card to navigate student spaces and facilities on campus. Your Cal 1 Card is your university ID card and provides services such as building access, meal plan swipes, recreational access, and campus transportation services.

Cal Dining 

Cal Dining is ranked as one of the best dining programs in the country. Find information about excellent food, meal plans for on and off campus housing, and dining commons. For information contact

Cal Housing 

Learn about university housing opportunities, including residence halls, apartments, theme programs, and off campus housing support from Cal Rentals. Contact Cal Housing by emailing

Cal Student Central 

Cal Student Central is a service-oriented department dedicated to helping students successfully navigate several key departments at UC Berkeley, including the Office of the Registrar and Accounts Payable. The website helps walk you through materials on financial aid, registration, billing inquiries, tuition, and student records. 

Career Center 

Access the Career Center for job search tools, support for internships, events and workshops, and other career planning and counseling services.

Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement 

Discover how students and the university community work together toward equity at Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement. Key offices and resources include: 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

University Health Services offers Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to support student academic success and self-development through counseling for academic, career, and personal issues. There is no charge to get started, and all registered students can access services regardless of their insurance plan. For support call 510-642-9494 or the counseling after-hours support line: 855-817-5667.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students office advocates for student needs and is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that helps all students reach their educational, aspirational, and personal goals. If you are looking for ways to give back to your community, get involved, or find creative activities, visit the Dean of Students Give Back, Get Engaged During COVID-19 site.

Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) 

The Disabled Students’ Program promotes an inclusive environment for students with disabilities and equips students with appropriate accommodations and services to achieve their individual academic goals.

Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) 

The Early Childhood Education Program provides early childhood services to support student, staff, faculty, and community parents with the balance of family, school, and work.

Financial Aid and Scholarships 

Find help navigating the financial aid processes, receive counseling about available options, and find innovative programs to help your financial life from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. Create a case online for any questions, like inquiries about emergency loans or impacts to your aid.

International Office 

International students can find support with advising, immigration services, advocacy, and university programming at the Berkeley International Office.

LEAD Center

The LEAD Center (Leadership, Engagement, Advising, and Development) is a campus hub for student involvement, leadership development, and co-curricular advising that assists students as they explore their interests, pursue their passions, and create community at Cal.

Office of the Registrar 

Contact the Office of the Registrar for information about the Berkeley Academic Guide, class enrollment, schedules, registration, graduation, diplomas, transcripts, and other responsibilities regarding student records, including preservation and privacy.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Learn about undergraduate admissions at UC Berkeley. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or call 510-642-3175 for additional information. 

PATH to Care Center  

Find survivor support from PATH to Care Center: 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.

Public Service Center 

Discover ways that students can develop their capacity as successful change agents and leaders. The Public Service Center brings together students, faculty, and communities in support of social justice, civic engagement, and transformative social change. 

Recreational Sports

Stay active and healthy with fitness programs, resources, classes, and exercise facilities from Berkeley Rec Sports. Discover free resources, virtual classes, and online videos from Rec Sports online.

Residential Life 

Discover resources and programs to help students transition to Berkeley and maximize their Residential Life while in campus housing. 

Student Billing Services 

Financial resources for students about billing, refunds, loan payment and exit counseling from Billing and Payment Services.

Student Technology Services

The University wishes to ensure that all students have equitable access to the technology resources they need to support research, teaching, and learning. If the student technology resources you have available to you do not enable your effective participation in instruction, please consider the following resources.

University Health Services (UHS)

If you think you may be sick, and are not sure whether you need to come in, call University Health Services Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at 510-643-7197.

University Village Albany (UVA)

Learn about family housing on campus at University Village Albany. For additional information contact or call 510-526-8505.


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