Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has expanded its guidelines permitting undergraduates to work on-site in research buildings. Students working in paid positions (including work-study), enrolled in formal campus apprenticeship and fellowship programs (SURF, URAP, SPUR), enrolled in a course that offers course credit for research conducted in a lab, or conducting honors thesis research are now permitted. Undergraduate volunteers and other volunteers are not allowed in campus laboratories until further notice. All undergraduates must be counted in the research group/unit’s density budget. Students must complete all required training and be granted approval to work on campus prior to commencing work.

Supervisors and principal investigators are asked to ensure their approved employees are adhering to the requirements for working on campus. Employees must complete the two-part COVID-19 Health and Safety Training, which involves watching the 10-minute UC Berkeley Guidelines on Protecting Workers From COVID-19 and reviewing UC Berkeley’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide for Returning to the Workplace. Regular COVID-19 surveillance testing, while not a requirement to be on campus, is recommended once a week and is free and open to students, faculty and staff who are on campus. In addition, as of Nov. 1, 2020, all employees who access UC property need to have obtained a flu vaccine or applicable exemption or accommodation. See People and Culture’s Flu Shot 2020 webpage for more details, including forms.