Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 8 a.m.UCOP updated its executive directive on travel on March 12, 2021, replacing system-wide guidance restricting non-essential, University-related travel, with a requirement that all UC travelers must follow CDC Guidance before, during, and upon return from domestic or international travel. The UCOP directive has delegated the determination of what travel is considered essential travel to the campus. Until further notice, prior approval remains required for the following university-related travel. These policies apply regardless of vaccination status.
- All off-campus research – domestic or international – must receive prior approval from the vice chancellor for research. Please submit requests via the VC Research critical field research continuity review process.
- All UC Berkeley community members engaging in university-related international travel to countries rated CDC Level 3 COVID-19 High (avoid all nonessential travel) or CDC Level 4 COVID-19 Very High (avoid all travel), must obtain prior approval through the two-step International Travel Protocol, which includes approval first at the decanal level and then from the vice provost for academic planning.
Visit the travel page on the campus coronavirus site before planning upcoming travel for a complete overview of UCOP and campus travel policies, guidelines, and approval protocols.
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 2 p.m.
UC Berkeley has received $15 million in direct-to-student funding through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, $4 million of which will be awarded to eligible graduate students. To be considered for this funding, graduate students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Equivalent funding is available through the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). The deadline to file a FAFSA or a CADAA for funding consideration is Monday, April 19. There is no degree program restriction, so students in doctoral, master’s, professional, and online degree programs are eligible (but not guaranteed) to receive funds. Other assistance funds are also available through the Basic Needs Holistic Fund. Read more about these resources in Monday's CALmessage to graduate students (UC Berkeley login required).
Friday, April 2, 2021 - 9 a.m.There are two important updates related to vaccines:
Vaccine records can now be uploaded to eTangFaculty, staff, and students who have been vaccinated outside of University Health Services are strongly encouraged to upload their vaccine records to eTang. When you log onto eTang, click Medical Clearances and update the COVID-19 Vaccine section by uploading a photo of your vaccine card and entering vaccine date(s) and type. A COVID-19 vaccine declination form and process will also be rolled out soon.
Testing requirements change for those fully vaccinatedEffective April 1, campus surveillance testing requirements are being changed for fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and students. You’re considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
- Vaccinated students living in on-campus housing or participating in athletics will still be required to get tested, but the frequency will change from twice weekly to once a week.
- For everyone else, weekly testing will not be required for 90 days from the date of your final vaccine.