Tuesday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.

A new campus website called Caring for Families has launched to connect families to dependent care resources. In the near future the website will include an online parent-to-parent resource for supporting one another with dependent care needs.

Also, the final episode of the Berkeley at Home Variety Show is now available. The show is going on indefinite hiatus.
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 3 p.m.

The Pac-12 has postponed sports competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year. The decision was made after consultation with athletics directors and with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee who expressed concern with moving forward with contact practice.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 8 a.m.

The fourth in a series of live-streamed conversations with campus leaders will take place today from 5-6 p.m. The topic is student engagement and services. Campus leaders will provide information about plans for student services buildings and offices, as well as details about remote services and engagement opportunities. Learn about everything from student advising, tutoring services, departments like the Career Center and CE3, and even student organizations.

Visit the Campus Conversations website at event time to view the live broadcast.

Monday, Aug. 10, 3 p.m.
The State of California has issued its Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions (PDF). UC Berkeley’s plans for the fall semester appear to be aligned with the state guidelines. Additional analysis is underway to ensure that no changes need to be made.
Friday, Aug. 7, 9 a.m.
The University of California Office of the President issued a reminder of the president’s directives to limit non-essential travel.
Thursday, Aug. 6, 6 p.m.

Campus leaders provided more details today on UC Berkeley’s voluntary workforce actions.

Friday, July 31, 7 a.m.

UPDATE: A recap and recording of the budget conversation is now available.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the university’s budget that is likely to have lasting effects. Please join us today, Friday, July 31, at noon for a special Campus Conversation focused on our financial present and future; mitigating steps taken to date; and future actions currently under consideration.

Chancellor Carol Christ, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos, and Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Rosemarie Rae will provide updates, forecasts, and answers to your questions. You’re invited to submit a question beforehand or pose questions during the event via Facebook Live.

Wednesday, July 29, 11 a.m.

UPDATE: A recording and recap of the newly admitted students event is now available.

The third in a series of live-streamed conversations with campus leaders will take place today from 5-6 p.m. The topic is the student experience for newly admitted undergraduate students (freshmen and transfer). Visit the Campus Conversations website at event time to view the live broadcast.

Friday, July 24, 11 a.m.

The UC Berkeley Library is preparing to expand its on-campus services as the fall semester nears. Plans on the horizon include launching a contactless pickup service and providing access to enhanced research consultations for special collections materials at The Bancroft Library. Both are scheduled for late summer.

In light of the decision to start the fall semester fully remote, Moffitt Library will not open at the beginning of the fall semester as originally planned. When it does open, it will provide students with a low-density on-campus study space and will have limited hours, with strict social distancing protocols in place and no snacks and drinks allowed.

While UC Berkeley’s library buildings are closed, Library users can still access a wealth of resources, including e-books, videos, databases, 24/7 help from librarians, and LinkedIn Learning courses. Learn more about the Library’s services and resources during COVID-19.

Wednesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

This week, the Chancellor’s Cabinet issued updates for those that plan events and gatherings on campus in regard to the pandemic and recovery.

  • All department-sponsored in-person events and all non-departmental events on the main campus are now canceled through Dec. 31, 2020.
  • It is highly recommended that event sponsors consider converting events to remote delivery wherever feasible.
  • You may continue to plan for in person events, but should do so with the likelihood that you may have to cancel them.

For more information about exceptions and background on this update, see the events page on the campus coronavirus website.

Wednesday, July 22, 8 a.m.

UPDATE: A recording and recap of the instruction event is now available.

The second in a series of live-streamed conversations with campus leaders will take place today from noon to 1 p.m. The topic is instruction. Visit the Campus Conversations website at noon to view the live broadcast.

Tuesday, July 21, noon

UC Berkeley has announced updated plans for the fall semester, which will begin with fully remote instruction. Preparations continue to implement hybrid and/or flexible modes of instruction as soon as public health conditions allow. Switching to remote instruction is a temporary measure.

For more information, see the:
Tuesday, July 21, 8 a.m.

UPDATE: A recording and recap of the student housing event is now available.

The first in a series of live-streamed conversations with campus leaders begins today. The topic is student housing and will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Visit the Campus Conversations website at noon to view the live broadcast.

Monday, July 20, 3 p.m.

ICYMI: A message sent to the campus community on Friday clarified the reporting of COVID-19 cases on campus. In most cases, individuals will not be notified of a case in their unit unless they were determined to be in close contact with the individual who tested positive.

Monday, July 20, 10 a.m.

With the increase in COVID-19 testing at University Health Services, we have moved from providing information about confirmed cases in narrative summaries to a dashboards format. This will provide information on new cases as well as trends, at a glance. Perhaps the best feature is that information on new cases is reflected in real time.

If disturbing trends or developments occur, the campus will, in addition, share that information with the campus community via posts on this web site or other campus communications.

The dashboard shows the number of positive cases for tests performed at UHS, and does not include saliva tests performed through the Innovative Genomics Institute’s FAST Study in the campus kiosks.

Wednesday, July 15, 2:30 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rescinded its directive that would have forced international students to leave the country if their schools held all classes online due to COVID-19. For more information, see the:

Tuesday, July 14, 3 p.m.

The latest episode of the Berkeley at Home Variety Show is now available. It features a professor singing about social distancing, tips for working from home with kids and a “banger version” of Pomp and Circumstance.

Wednesday, July 8, 2:30 p.m.

UC Berkeley has seen a notable increase in students testing positive for COVID-19. Members of the campus community are reminded to:

  • Not attend large gatherings or parties.
  • Keep a safe physical distance.
  • Wear face coverings.
  • Be attuned to your own health.

Read the campus message about the increase in students testing positive for more information.

Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued new guidance to universities related to international students and fall instruction requirements. Read UC Berkeley’s response to the new requirements. The campus is expected to announce more details soon.

Wednesday, July 1, 9 a.m.
A new episode of the Berkeley at Home Variety Show is now available. The latest episode features #BlackLivesMatter, a final update on the peregrine falcons, a visit to Planet Berkeley, a celebration of 150 years of women at UC Berkeley, and this week’s virtual scavenger hunt.
Friday, June 26, 1 p.m.

In a series of Campus Conversations, leaders from across UC Berkeley answered questions and discussed plans for the fall semester. Read recaps and watch recordings of each event:

Wednesday, June 24, 5 p.m.
A student in Putnam Hall has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who were in close contact with the student, who spent about 24 hours there, will be contacted by public health authorities if that has not yet occurred. Everyone should continue to follow the public health guidelines of physical distancing, washing their hands frequently and wearing a face covering. If you are a student and think you may be sick, and are not sure whether you need to come to UHS, call the Nurse Advice Line (24/7) at 510-643-7197. Those with COVID-19 don’t always have symptoms. Testing is available at UHS.
Tuesday, June 23, 7 p.m.
A committee of infectious disease experts, public health epidemiologists, physicians, scientists with expertise in diagnostic testing, statisticians and data scientists has been wrestling with how to bring the UC Berkeley community back to campus in the safest and most equitable manner possible. The committee’s work helped inform the decisions made last week about the fall semester and also how to safely bring research scientists back to campus over the summer. You can review their findings in the Report of the COVID-19 Public Health & Testing Advisory Committee (PDF).
Tuesday, June 23
Join today’s Campus Conversation on research and operations, starting at noon. Tuesday, June 23 12-1 pm
  • Randy H. Katz, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration
  • Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor of International Sustainable Development and Associate Dean in the Division of Social Sciences
  • Susan Marqusee, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
View the livestream on the Campus Conversations website. There, you’ll also find recordings of previous conversations on fall semester.
Tuesday, June 23, 5:30 p.m.
As University Health Services continues to expand its testing to include campus  research-related tests and testing of individuals before their return to campus, we anticipate seeing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Routine updates in case counts will appear in the case counts section of this web site, updated each week. When more urgent COVID-19 related events occur, such as a death or a cluster of positive cases on campus, we will notify the campus with additional communication. As of June 23, the current known count of positive cases among campus affiliates is 19.
Wednesday, June 17
UC Berkeley has announced plans for fall semester. For details, see the messages for:
Monday June 15, 11 a.m.
For faculty and staff: Those who can work from home will continue to do so through Jan. 1, with exceptions. Others will begin to transition back to campus to perform work not able to be performed offsite. Read the campus message on the work from home extension for details.
Monday June 8, 2 p.m.

The city of Berkeley’s health officer has expanded face covering requirements starting June 8, 2020. Everyone must carry a cloth face covering when they leave home, have it visible at all times, and put it on when others are nearby.

Face coverings are required for everyone over 12 years old when:

  • Shopping at a store.
  • Waiting in line to enter a store.
  • Using or waiting for public transportation.
  • In a taxi or when ride-sharing.
  • Seeking health care.
  • Inside a workplace.
  • Walking outside and within 30 feet of others (about the length of a bus).

For more information, see the city of Berkeley’s face coverings page.

Friday, May 29, 12 p.m.
The “recovery planning” section has new information provided by the nine Recovery Management Teams. In addition, the following updates were shared in a new “Response & Recovery” newsletter being sent to the campus community. Other items in the newsletter were previously shared here. Campus-sponsored youth programs and summer camps cancelled: After careful review and consultation with campus experts, Rec Sports is cancelling all in-person youth programming and camps this summer in support of the campus and City of Berkeley efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Refunds will be made in full for all summer camp purchases. For more information, you may review updated answers to our Youth Programs Frequently Asked Questions for summer 2020. Upgrade Zoom by May 30: A Zoom upgrade will be required by tomorrow, May 30. All Zoom users have been sent these upgrade instructions. If you need help, students can email Student Technology Services. If you are faculty or staff without admin rights on your computer, open an IT help ticket. Meals for essential employees: Essential UC Berkeley staff, faculty, and researchers can enjoy great, affordable meals for only $5 on campus through July 31. Prioritizing health and safety, Café 3 and Crossroads offer a variety of dishes available to-go. Just show your Cal 1 Card to the cashier and remember you must wear a cloth facial covering.
Thursday, May 28, 4 p.m.

The University of California Education Abroad Program has suspended fall 2020 and 2020-21 year-long study abroad programs.

Friday, May 22, 2 p.m.

The city of Berkeley’s indefinite extension of the shelter-in-place order means faculty and staff should continue working remotely until directed otherwise by their supervisor.

Friday, May 22, 10 a.m.

Approved essential employees will be issued two cloth face coverings. Additional distribution dates have been added. See the email sent to all approved essential employees for more details.

Wednesday, May 20, 5 p.m.
From Marc Fisher, vice chancellor for administration: The university has decided to extend the cancellation or postponement of all campus-sponsored events through June and July. This decision was made given the unlikelihood that public health authorities would allow for such gatherings in the near future. It is our hope that this notice will assist everyone with their planning efforts. The directive applies to all departmental and administrative events held on university property. It does not apply to private events scheduled to take place in campus facilities; registered student organization events; or events produced by campus units but held in off-campus facilities. Summer activities for youth are not considered “events” and would not be covered by this directive. However, an extension of the terms of the current local shelter-in-place order could make any of the activities listed here unlawful.  The current shelter-in-place order applicable to the main campus has no specific expiration date. For more on the status of campus activities please go to the events page. Thank you for all that you continue to do for this community and please stay safe and be well.
Wednesday, May 20, 4:45 p.m.

In an update to graduating seniors, Chancellor Christ announced there will be no summer commencement.

Monday, May 18, 1 p.m.

The University of California plans to implement a one-year pay freeze for non-represented staff and faculty.

Thursday, May 14, 9 a.m.

A document from Environmental Health and Safety on considerations for working safely on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic has been added to the “campus operations” section.

Tuesday, May 12, 2 p.m.
How UC Berkeley is supporting students and staff through COVID-19. The latest episode of the Berkeley at Home variety show is now available.
Monday, May 11, 1 p.m.

Chancellor Carol Christ answered questions related to UC Berkeley’s response to coronavirus in a virtual Campus Conversation held Monday afternoon. You can view a recording of the live event on the Campus Conversations web site.

Wednesday, May 6, 4:30 p.m.

In an update on UC Berkeley’s plans for the fall semester, it was announced that nine committees have been formed to continue ongoing planning for the fall semester. A “recovery planning” section has been added and will be updated as this work progresses.

Wednesday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.

The “telecommuting and paid leave” section has been updated with new information and required actions for employees working outside of California due to COVID-19.

Wednesday, May 6, 10 a.m.

International travel information.

Monday, May 4, 4:30 p.m.

The events page has been updated with a link to guidance for university employees who are responsible for organizing departmental events, gatherings and programs after May 31. As a reminder, all department or administrative events and all events held on university property are canceled through May 31, 2020.

Monday, May 4, 4 p.m.

How to support UC Berkeley students (and staff) on Giving Tuesday.

Thursday, April 30, 11 a.m.

A new section on family and domestic violence has been added.

Wednesday, April 29, 1 p.m.
The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order has been officially extended through May with only limited easing of restrictions, including construction and certain outdoor activities. For the UC Berkeley campus, this means our largely remote operations will continue through May, and some construction projects will likely resume. We will be reviewing the new order over the next few days to determine whether there will be any additional changes to current operations. In accordance with the extended shelter in place timeline, the campus will be cancelling campus events that were scheduled to take place May 4 – May 31. Read the full message sent to the campus community from Marc Fisher.
Tuesday, April 28, 8 a.m.
The City of Berkeley health officer, along with those from six Bay Area Counties, announced on Monday plans to extend the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order through May. The previous order, due to expire on May 3, will be replaced by a new order that is expected to largely keep current restrictions in place. City officials indicated there will be limited easing of specific restrictions for a small number of lower-risk activities and that the details would be available later this week. Once the new order is published, we will advise the campus community about what this means for the campus community, including whether any campus directives will be impacted by any easing of restrictions.
Wednesday, April 22, 12:30 p.m.
University Health Services has confirmed that a resident of University Village housing in Albany has tested positive for COVID-19. The graduate student is in stable condition and in home isolation. Officials with UHS, which administered the test, are working in coordination with the Alameda County Public Health Department to contact individuals who had close contact with the graduate student. University Village is a campus-owned housing facility for Berkeley students and their families, located about three miles from central campus. This new case brings the total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases that the campus is aware of to 11.
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

 Face coverings are now required on campus.

Tuesday, April 21, 4 p.m.
The first episode of the Berkeley at Home Variety Show is now available.
Tuesday, April 21, 8 a.m.

See the lineup for this week’s Berkeley Conversations.

Friday, April 17, 12 p.m.

Chancellor Carol Christ and Provost Paul Alivisatos provided an update on UC Berkeley’s budget situation.

Tuesday, April 14, 8 a.m.

A new explainer on masks is now available and has been added to the “Health” section.

Thursday, April 9, 6:15 p.m.

You’re encouraged to cover your nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home. Read the message from Marc Fisher for more information.

Wednesday, April 8, 3:15 p.m.

A staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases within the UC Berkeley community to 9. The staff member was not on campus during the exposure risk period and is in good condition while isolating at home.

Monday, April 6, 7 p.m.
This week’s Berkeley Conversations will feature live events discussing computing and data science and the economic impact of COVID-19. Read the announcement for more information.
Friday, April 3, 6:45 p.m.

UC Berkeley has made the decision to continue remote delivery of instruction in place of face-to-face classes through Summer Sessions 2020.

Friday, April 3, 2:45 p.m.
Friday, April 3, 8:45 a.m.

You can now access digital versions of much of the library’s physical volumes via a digital library.

Friday, April 3, 8:30 a.m.

The city of Berkeley is recommending that everyone “everyone cover their noses and mouths with cloth when leaving home for essential visits to doctor’s offices, supermarkets or pharmacies.” Read their press release for more information.

Thursday, April 2
Wednesday, April 1
  • An update on the financial impacts of COVID-19, including a campus hiring freeze, was sent to faculty and staff.
  • A new section has been added to this page for those who wish to donate PPE or medical supplies.
  • The University of California has taken a number of steps to temporarily adjust admissions requirements to ensure that newly admitted students and prospective students are not harmed by educational disruptions from COVID-19.
Tuesday, March 31
  • UC Berkeley has learned that another student returning from study abroad has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total count of known cases to 8.
  • Event cancelations have been extended through at least May 3.
Friday, March 27, 6 p.m.

For undergraduates concerned about how P/NP grades may affect their applications to graduate and professional schools, the Council of Deans have released this statement:

Recognizing the challenges to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provost and Deans of the University of California, Berkeley adopted the following principle:

UC Berkeley evaluates applicants for admission to its graduate and professional schools holistically, meaning that we consider an applicant’s combination of personal accomplishments, letters of recommendation, personal statements, academic record, and test scores in making our admissions decisions. Such a review will take into account the significant disruptions of COVID-19 when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials from Spring 2020. We understand that many institutions across the country instituted P/NP grading policies during that semester. Thus, we will not penalize students for the adoption of P/NP and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether the choices were made by institutions or by individual students. Our admissions evaluation will focus primarily on a student’s academic performance prior to this period, and if applicable, following this period. What is most important is that applicants demonstrate that they pursued a challenging curriculum that was relevant to their plan for graduate or professional school.

Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m.

An additional two UC Berkeley students who recently returned from study abroad in Spain have tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, March 24, 11:30 a.m.

Two more UC Berkeley students who recently returned from study abroad in Spain have tested positive for COVID-19, campus officials recently learned.

They are both undergraduate students.

One student had studied with the University of California Education Abroad Program in Barcelona, and another student with the UCEAP program in Madrid. Officials with UCEAP have sent letters to program participants and advised them to contact their health provider if they develop symptoms.

University Health Services officials cared for one of the two students and UHS  information indicates the student, who lives in the city of Berkeley and is self-isolating in good condition, spent no time on campus while symptomatic and there is unlikely to be any risk to the campus community. The City of Berkeley Public Health Department has been investigating and will reach out to anyone who may have been exposed.

Regarding the second new case, the student is self-isolating outside of Alameda County. Information provided to UCEAP indicates the student was not on the Berkeley campus after returning from Spain. We have few additional details about this case.

To date, we are aware of a total of five confirmed cases where it was reported to us that Berkeley students tested positive for COVID-19. The majority of these cases have been linked to travel from countries with sustained community transmission.

Please keep in mind that our counts are not comprehensive. When confirmed cases involving members of the UC Berkeley community occur outside of UHS or the local area, there may be no confirmation or delayed confirmation of the cases from public health officials to UHS officials. Further, we know that there are likely many more positive cases within our communities that are not yet counted as confirmed positive because the individuals have not been tested.

It is very likely that there are many more positive cases already in our campus community. According to public health officials, once testing becomes more widely available locally and in the region we can expect to see a much higher number of positive cases here and elsewhere. The coronavirus, and community spread, is very much in our Bay Area communities.

Officials at UHS are committed to providing ongoing services in primary care, social services and counseling and psychology to the extent they can during this pandemic.  They are developing a number of online and virtual services. Please check the University Health Services website if you are a student needing medical or mental health care.

Friday, March 20, 5:30 p.m.
Chancellor Carol Christ sent a message of gratitude to the campus community. – AND – We learned of two more confirmed COVID-19 cases involving members of the UC Berkeley community. Both are undergraduate students who tested positive after returning home from study abroad. The students are now in isolation at home outside of Alameda County, and in good condition. The students did not return to the Berkeley campus upon return from Spain, so there was no exposure on the Berkeley campus. Although we now have a total of three confirmed positive COVID-19  cases involving members of the campus community (the first case was announced last week), we want to make clear that it is very likely that there are many more positive cases already in our campus community.  According to public health officials, once testing becomes more widely available locally and in the region we can expect to see a much higher number of positive cases here and elsewhere. The coronavirus, and community spread, is very much in our Bay Area communities.
Friday, March 20, 12:30 p.m.

Grading policies have been changed for the spring semester.

Wednesday, March 18, 3:45 p.m.

UC Berkeley has clarified campus directives in light of the shelter-in-place mandate.

Read the campus message from EVC/Provost Alivisatos VC Marc Fisher for more details.
Monday, March 16, 4:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley has announced additional actions to encourage social distancing, including:
  • All in-person instruction is canceled for the remainder of the semester.
  • The research community is directed to immediately transition to work remotely whenever possible.
  • Staff who are not explicitly instructed to work at the campus in person should not come to work.
  • All libraries, Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, Eshleman Hall, Cesar Chavez Hall, and the Recreational Sports Facility will be closed.
  • All public events planned to take place on the campus through April 7, 2020, should be cancelled or rescheduled.
Read the campus message from Chancellor Christ and EVC/Provost Alivisatos for more details.
Monday, March 16, 2 p.m.
In light of Alameda County’s announcement advising county residents to shelter in place beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, April 7, UC Berkeley is rapidly moving toward a “maintenance-only” mode of physical operation of the campus. Read the campus message from Chancellor Christ for more details.
Saturday, March 14th, 7:45 p.m.

Public health officials have determined that there are no high risk contacts from this case, meaning that no one is at significantly higher risk of contracting it from the infected individual than would be expected in the general population. People should continue to monitor their health and be in touch with their physician or University Health Services if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms.

Saturday, March 14, 5:30 p.m.

A member of the UC Berkeley campus community has contracted COVID-19. The individual is a graduate student who does not live on campus or in the city of Berkeley and has self-isolated in their city of residence. The individual is in good condition and has no serious symptoms. Read the message to campus to learn more.

Friday, March 13, 12:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos have announced several updates to UC Berkeley’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19): Remote instruction has been extended through the end of the semester. Students will be able to choose where it is best for them to reside. Students will receive relief from their campus housing and dining fees if they decide to move out. If in-person instruction resumes, in-person course attendance will continue to not be mandatory for the rest of the semester. Supervisors are encouraged to explore work assignments for students to perform remotely. Critical campus functions, including our research enterprise and student support services, remain operational, some with adjusted service hours.
Wednesday, March 11, 2 p.m.
New changes have been announced regarding events on campus. These changes will remain in effect at least through March 29.
  • Campus spaces and venues will not be available for any event with 100 or more expected attendees.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics events on campus will be held without spectators.
  • Cal Performances events through March 29 will be canceled.
  • Cal Day, which was scheduled for April 18, has been canceled.
  • A decision has not been made about graduation/commencement events.
See the “Events and activities” section for more details.
Monday, March 9, 1:20 p.m.

1:20 p.m.: Chancellor Carol Christ has announced that beginning Tuesday, March 10, several campus actions will go into place to mitigate the potential transmission of coronavirus in the Bay Area community.

These changes are effective starting Tuesday, March 10 and will remain in place through spring break, which ends March 29. A decision on what will happen on March 30 and beyond will occur at a later date, based on the latest coronavirus information at that time.

Read the full message from Chancellor Carol Christ.