UVA Email #4 - Updates re: UVA Key theft; Doorstops available, Town hall today

Dear UVA residents,


We are continuing to share updates as we have them about the recent theft of a UVA key box containing master keys to the entire Village. 


Update: Doostops available at the Village Office:

If you don’t already have one, you are welcome to pick up two free doorstops* that can help prevent your doors from being opened. Stop by the Village Office front desk beginning today (May 7). We currently have approximately 300 in stock, available on a first-come-first-serve basis. However, we hope to obtain more in the coming days. *Be aware the doorstops will hamper one’s ability to quickly evacuate in an emergency.


We are actively working on additional interim solutions (which may include securing additional door chain guards and doorstops, hiring additional private security, etc.) and will provide updates soon.


The Village Office has dedicated operating hours this weekend (May 7-8) to help support UVA residents. Student Affairs staff will be available 10am - 8 pm this Saturday and Sunday at the Village Office to support you. 


Reminder: Town Hall Meeting:

We’d like to invite you to a Zoom town hall meeting for UVA residents to discuss this issue with Student Affairs and other campus leaders today, Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 4pm

To join, please use this Zoom login at 4 pm PT:


The Town Hall will include:

  • Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Jo Mackness, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Student Affairs
  • Samuel Santos Jr., Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Engagement, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Makoto (Mako) Ushihara, Executive Director, RSSP Housing Facilities 


Be sure to sign into your Berkeley Zoom account beforehand. All participants must sign into their Berkeley Zoom account prior to joining the meeting. See "How to sign into your UC Berkeley Zoom account" for how to sign in.


Reminder: Google Form

We also have a dedicated Google Form that we are monitoring throughout the weekend to respond to you as soon as possible with any questions or concerns you may have. Please reach out to us if you need


Answers to Common Questions

We have received inquiries from residents and wish to share the answers with all of you. 

  • As a reminder, if you don’t currently have a door chain, please submit a work order at: maintenance.housing.berkeley.edu
  • We will reimburse you $250 per night for accommodations including a hotel, AirB&B, or other accommodation in the general bay area. 
  • If you are away from the area, we will be able to change your locks while you are away. Your new keys will be held at the Village Office and available for you to retrieve during normal business hours. If you return home after hours, please contact the Community Advisor (CA) on Duty at (510) 224-8298.
  • Please use this reimbursement form. You will need to be logged in using your Berkeley email address. 
  • If you call your own locksmith to change door locks, we will reimburse you for locksmith costs up to $250 per door (i.e., units with two doors will be eligible for up to $500). Our locks are institutional-grade mortise locksets. Please keep all receipts.


Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding. We will continue to share important updates with you, so please continue to monitor your Berkeley email account. 




Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D. (he/him/his)

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Jo Mackness (she/her/hers)
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Student Affairs


Samuel Santos Jr.  (he/him/his)
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Engagement, Office of the Dean of Students 


Makoto (Mako) Ushihara (he/him/his)

Executive Director, RSSP Housing Facilities