The Rapid Response Public Health Team has developed a campus framework for recovery for spring 2021, based on the California State Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The campus framework establishes tiers based on public health conditions, similar to those in the state’s blueprint. It’s important to note that the campus will hold itself to a higher standard in terms of public health metrics, given that the testing capacity within UC Berkeley is much higher than in the community. The campus framework is intended for planning purposes only. When public health conditions allow, the framework will be used by the various recovery planning committees to plan for and propose changes. All decisions are contingent upon approval by the Recovery Management Team and are subject to public health orders. The framework will be updated as conditions and public health guidelines change.

Recovery Management Team

Led by Chancellor Carol Christ, the RMT meets weekly and makes decisions regarding recovery and coordinates across recovery areas.

Committees

In the spring of 2020, several committees were charged with studying and making suggestions for key areas of campus operations. Each committee was led by members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and special advisors. Some of these committees continue to meet while others concluded their work. Other committees continue to be added as the needs of the campus evolve. Below is a list of current and past committees leading UC Berkeley’s recovery planning efforts.

Athletics

Led by Director of Athletics James Knowlton, the RMT Athletics Committee is charged with when and how to resume athletic activities in line with guidance set by local and state health authorities and within protocols established by the Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee. The committee meets several times per week.

Communications

Led by Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs Diana Harvey, the RMT Communications Committee is charged with developing the communications strategy for the campus audience and other key stakeholders. Communications professionals are embedded in each of the recovery committees and work as a broader communications RMT on communications strategy for the campus audience and other key stakeholders. The committee meets biweekly.

Coordination group

Led by Director of Emergency Management Alicia Johnson, the coordination group includes representatives from each committee. The committee meets semiweekly.

Events and external relations

Led by Chief Campus Counsel David Robinson and Cal Performances Director of Strategy and Administration Andy Kraus, the committee is charged with making recommendations regarding events and other activities.

Financial planning

Led by Led by Vice Chancellor for Finance Rosemarie Rae, the RMT Financial Planning Committee is charged with assessing the financial impact of COVID-19.

Housing and dining

Led by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton, the RMT Housing and Dining Committee is charged with evaluating how to safely accommodate and serve students in campus housing.

Information technology

Led by the Executive Director of Enterprise Applications Jody Couch, the IT recovery subcommittee is a campus-wide group of subject matter experts from the One IT community who have developed the following charge for the work they are doing toward the recovery effort:

  • Ensure continuity of business operations for the campus.
  • Develop recovery guidance and “standard operating procedures” that are inclusive of the One IT community.
  • Represent, identify, and assess technology options and activities as they inter-relate to the other recovery committees’ work and the needs of the greater campus community.
  • Explore new opportunities for technologies that will support the recovery efforts while also meeting campus privacy and security policies.
  • Develop business processes to maximize staff effectiveness and support the sustainability (health and wellbeing) of our IT workforce.

The committee meets weekly.

Instruction

Led by Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Paul Alivisatos, the RMT Instruction Planning Committee develops guidance for instruction and other academic activities.

Joint Planning Committee for Academic Buildings

Led by Vice Provost for Academic Planning Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, the Joint Planning Committee for Academic Buildings is charged with creating and overseeing the process of opening a limited number of campus buildings for essential uses.

Operations

Led by Vice Chancellor for Administration Marc Fisher, the RMT Operations Committee meets semiweekly and also has four subcommittees: Recovery Operations, Workforce, Events and External Relations, and Information Technology.

Public health and testing

The RMT Public Health and Testing Committee was led by Nicholas Jewell, professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health, and composed of infectious disease experts, public health epidemiologists, physicians, scientists with expertise in diagnostic testing, statisticians, and data scientists. The committee’s work helped inform decisions about the fall semester. You can review their findings in the Report of the COVID-19 Public Health & Testing Advisory Committee (PDF). The committee has been superseded by the Rapid Response Public Health Team.

Rapid Response Public Health Team

Led by Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Health Services Guy Nicolette, the Rapid Response Public Health Team is charged with making timely public health recommendations to the campus.

Recovery operations

Led by Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Services Sally McGarrahan and Director of Parking and Transportation Seamus Wilmot. Includes a variety of functional areas such as facilities, transportation, classrooms, public safety, information technology, libraries, purchasing, and environmental health and safety.

Research

Led by Vice Chancellor for Research Randy Katz and comprised of faculty and research administrators from across the campus (Google Doc). The committee is charged with evaluating the conditions necessary for a resumption of research activities that aligns with the campus’s commitment to protecting the health of our community.

Student engagement and services

Led by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Catherine Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Oscar Dubón, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division Lisa García Bedolla, and Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Sharon Inkelas. The committee is charged with preserving the quality of the student experience, whether students are living and learning on and around campus, or far from Berkeley. The committee develops and coordinates programs and services for students and tools and resources for student services staff.

Workforce

Led by Vice Provost for the Faculty Ben Hermalin and Chief People and Culture Officer Eugene Whitlock.