Chancellor Carol Christ sent to the following message to the Berkeley campus community Thursday afternoon.
To our students,
We are two professors on this campus who disagree, vehemently. But we have always treated one another with respect and dignity. We love this campus with its diverse communities and all of our students and are heartbroken to hear of incidents of near violence between students in recent days. We will not tolerate our students harming one another. Disagreement and differing points of view are an essential part of campus life, and we expect that you treat one another with the same respect and dignity that we are modeling here.
Dr. Hatem Bazian (Lecturer of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies)Dr. Ron Hassner (Professor of Israel Studies)
We want to assure you that the campus is taking steps necessary to support public safety for all at events and protests related to the conflict and across the campus the general. We also want to share the following information.
Dealing with Threats and Harassment
The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance. We understand that some students have reported harassment, occurring verbally and through online platforms. Our campus has zero tolerance for abusive behavior. Harassment is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and students found responsible for harassment will be held accountable. There are several resources you may consider if you’ve been the target of harassment.
- Death threats/threats of physical harm: Remember, you can and should contact law enforcement directly if you experience physical harm, direct threats or emergency situations. If you need help, dial 911 or use a blue light emergency phone (identified by a blue light on top of the phone box or column).
- Reporting - Other reporting options include:
- For information and support on reporting hate crimes or hate-motivated acts: stophate.berkeley.edu.
- Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: OPHD, (510) 643-7985, responds to and resolves reports of protected category discrimination and harassment (including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services), as well as sexual violence/sexual harassment involving students, staff, faculty and visitors. This may include violence and also harassment such as online or virtual harassment (including "doxxing" or "trolling"), and physical or online stalking behaviors, if the respondent can be identified and is part of the UCB community. OPHD can help you understand your rights, options and resources, including campus and community support, and offers informal and formal resolution pathways.
- Online harassment: The Berkeley Information Security Office also offers resources to prevent and respond to online harassment. You can also help protect yourself (and your student org) against doxxing by:
- Adjusting your personal social media settings to be private and removing anything that can identify your personal address or contact information. For your student org, consider a general email address (email@example.com) or Google Form (you can require a berkeley.edu address for all submissions) and have people contact you to request the location of your group.
- Using secure wi-fi networks like eduroam and/or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) available free to students.
- Having strong passwords and varied usernames and passwords across platforms. For your student org's social media, have only one person with the password if at all possible.
- If you have additional questions about protecting privacy for your RSO, including publicly-viewable CalLink information, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Support Resources
You may already be aware of these, but we want to make sure you’re well-informed about the various campus supports available to you.
- General Student Support: Visit the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students’ Well-Being resource, which provides more information about holistic wellness resources across campus. To discover additional resources or share questions and concerns, reach out to email@example.com.
- Mental Health Support:
- Students: Campus counselors at University Health Services at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns. Visit the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website or call at (510) 642-9494. When the Tang Center is closed, call the after hours counseling line (855) 817-5667.
- Staff and Faculty: Be Well at Work – Employee Assistance provides free, confidential counseling and referrals for staff. To schedule an appointment with an Employee Assistance counselor, please contact (510) 643-7754 or email employeeassistance@
- Academic Accommodations Hub: Should you be grappling with the impacts of this event, we encourage you to explore academic flexibility in consultation with your instructors.
- Student Financial Support: Learn more about short-term emergency loans, or contact Cal to Student Central if you need assistance.
- Student Legal Services: (510) 642-3916, sa.berkeley.edu/legal. Advises students regarding their legal questions, rights, and obligations.
- The Center for Support and Intervention (CSI) provides consultation and intervention for harm and violence on campus. If you are impacted by these international events and need support, CSI is happy to talk to you about resources available to you.
- Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees: (510) 642-5754. If you wish assistance sorting through a campus-related conflict or concern, the Ombudsperson will listen to your concerns, serve as a sounding board, discuss your options with you, and help you get a new perspective and determine the next steps to take.