Student Affairs Offices, Services, and Updates

Last updated 1/13/22

 

Find information about services and support within the Division of Student Affairs for students, faculty, and staff. Visit the campus COVID-19 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

 

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FAQs About Recovery Efforts
 

What is the current plan for Spring 2022?

After consultation with the UC Berkeley public health committee, input from students, staff and faculty, and much deliberation, the campus decided to begin the semester with a two-stage process, with most courses being offered fully remote for the first two weeks (January 18 through 28) and then moving to fully in-person instruction in the third week of the semester on January 31. 

  • The campus is planning to proceed with its plan for the default instructional mode for spring 2022 to be in-person, regardless of class size. More details about these plans are available on the Instruction page of the campus coronavirus site
  • The campus will remain open; students, staff and faculty are welcome to come to campus for all other research, administration and operational purposes. Normal campus operations will continue.
  • For more about in-person services, see the Navigate Student Spaces resource.

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

All students (and faculty and staff) are expected to get tested before returning to work, study, or to live on campus. If you traveled away from the Bay Area for the break, then we recommend that you get tested before travel; additionally, we expect you to get tested when you return to the Bay Area and before you come to the campus. If you test positive, you must isolate in accordance with the city of Berkeley public health order
Getting tested: We are working to greatly increase the options for getting tested on campus. You may also be able to access testing through an outside health care provider, through your local health department or by purchasing an at-home test kit. We are attempting to procure tens of thousands of antigen self-tests for you to use to test at home as part of our overall testing strategy.
Our focus will be on making tests easily available and we will not generally require everyone to demonstrate proof of a negative test in order to come to campus. We will however continue, for the time being, all of the mandatory testing of faculty, staff and students that was required during the fall semester.

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 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.

What are face covering policies on campus?

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.

  • Current guidance: In alignment with guidance from the UC Office of the President and a city of Berkeley health order, face coverings are required indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
  • A special note on face covering 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 face coverings per individual.

Will there be in-person classes?

Update: The campus announced in October 2021, that Spring 2022 classes will all be held in-person.
With the widespread availability of vaccines, and steadily improving local conditions, the university plans proceed with its plan for the default instructional mode for spring 2022 to be in-person, regardless of class size. 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 in-person instruction on January 31.
  2. Most courses will not have an “all-remote” option.
  3. We do need to be prepared for the possibility that we may need to pivot to remote learning for brief periods during the semester. For example, if a very large number of faculty, staff and students are all required to isolate at the same time, it may not be practically possible to operate our facilities. 
  4. 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 because of their inability to obtain a visa and/or enter the United States. 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.
 

What do I need to do if I live on campus? 

If you live or are going to live in campus housing, you will be emailed information about plans for the spring. 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 Spring 2022 semester, but they should understand things are subject to change and planning may require more time than usual. The campus plans to continue to permit in-person events to the extent consistent with CDC guidance and state and city health department requirements. Large gatherings such as conferences and events will have capacity limits or vaccination requirements. We will consider limiting or canceling large campus events at which vaccination status is not checked as a condition of entry. We also continue to urge event planners to consider holding events remotely and to enter into contracts that anticipate the possibility of events being canceled or moved online. 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. Event organizers should regularly check for updates to the 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 dining@berkeley.edu
 

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 reshall@berkeley.edu
 

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 village@berkeley.edu or call 510-526-8505.

 

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