Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

UPDATED Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m.:

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.

UPDATED Tuesday, March 31 at 9 a.m.:

Event cancelations have been extended until at least May 1.

Current status as of Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m.:

There are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the UC Berkeley community but no known on-campus exposures.

This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Resources and updates

Students, faculty staff, postdocs or visitors with fever or respiratory symptoms should not come to campus.  Please seek advice from your health care provider should you have concerns about COVID-19. Students are encouraged to call the UHS Advice Line (510-643-7197) before coming in.

Health information for students, faculty and staff

Experts with University Health Services give the latest health advisory updates and guidance.

Wellness information for faculty, staff

The staff at Be Well at Work offer tips on how to de-stress or care for an elder adult.

Instructional Resilience Resources

Best practices, resources, and links to helpful information on how instructors can prepare to continue UC Berkeley’s educational mission during the potential spread of coronavirus on campus. Sign up for online webinars for Zoom and bCourses, and book individual consultations and find other teaching resources.

Guidelines

  • UC Berkeley will continue to offer nearly ALL instruction through alternative (not in-person) modalities (e.g., Zoom, course capture, etc.) through the end of the semester. While it is possible that there will be a resumption of in-person instruction later in the semester, this instruction would serve as a complement to remote access.
  • All in-person instruction is cancelled for the remainder of the semester unless and until the campus announces that in-person instruction may resume. There will be no exceptions.
  • Course syllabi may need to change, in a short period of time, in light of the significant pedagogical changes resulting from remote instruction and assessment.
  • Exams and assessments: To facilitate social distancing and improve accessibility, all examinations and assessments are to be conducted via alternative (not-in-person) methods.
  • Attendance: Starting on Monday, March 30, but not before, instructors are allowed to take attendance in classes and to use participation as a metric for academic performance. Instructors are encouraged to be flexible in their attendance requirements; communicate those requirements proactively to their students; and accommodate students who are ill, those who are located in a different time zone, and those who may have limited remote access.
  • Disability accommodations: DSP will continue to partner with instructors to ensure students’ disability accommodations are provided. The following are email addresses that instructors and students can contact for DSP-captioning and ASL (dsp-captioning@berkeley.edu) accessible formats (dspamc@berkeley.edu), proctoring (proctoring@berkeley.edu), and note taking (dspnotes@berkeley.edu). Please contact dsp@berkeley.edu for additional questions or assistance regarding student accommodations. Faculty should work with DSP to ensure that all content is accessible to their students with disabilities before the content is posted. To ensure accessibility, it is very important to use UC Berkeley provided platforms, such as bCourses and Zoom. Posting videos or other content via non-supported tools that make that content open to the public and present accessibility barriers (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) is prohibited.
  • Students who have concerns about instructors not adhering to the above guidelines should contact the chair of the department or dean of the professional school. Issues not resolvable at the local level should be elevated to the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education (vcue@berkeley.edu) or Vice Provost for Graduate Education (graddean@berkeley.edu) respectively.

Keep teaching (COVID-19) resources and links

Resources from the University of California Office of the President, including drop-in technical sessions with ILTI Instructional Designers for faculty and/or faculty support teams and campus instructional designers to ask questions about using Canvas, Zoom, and other tools integrated into the Canvas platform.

Study abroad

Information for Berkeley student abroad students, including for students currently abroad, those applying to summer and fall programs and resources for students returning from suspended programs.

Summer session

Information for students interested in summer session at UC Berkeley.

Lifelong learning

Information from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley.

San Francisco Bay Area Global Internships

The SF Bay Global Internship program is canceled for Summer 2020.

Libraries

All libraries are closed.

Disabilities

A message to the campus disability community regarding COVID-19, including resources for faculty, staff and students.

Parking and Transportation

The latest updates on changes to parking regulations and alternative commuting options.

Update on supply chain and deliveries to campus

Departments are urged to cancel open purchase orders for non-essential items that have been placed within the last 60 days by Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Update on Accounts Payable payment processes

Production of paper checks will run once a week on Wednesdays.

The research community is directed to immediately transition to work remotely whenever possible. Principal Investigators should suspend on-campus research to the greatest extent possible, immediately, and implement plans to operate remotely at least through April 7. Essential access, limited to sustaining research capability, such as animal care, servicing of critical instrumentation, and maintenance of germ lines, will be authorized by the Vice Chancellor for Research Office in coordination with Deans and Chairs. Exceptional access will be considered by a campus review process, which is currently being developed, modeled on the one at the University of California, San Francisco. Please visit the Vice Chancellor for Research website for specific information and more detailed guidance.

Research continuity and planning

Guidance and resources for the UC Berkeley research community, to assist in planning for potential impacts and ensuring research continuity during the coronavirus outbreak.

International Researchers

Guidance for international scholars and researchers is available on the Research continuity and planning website, the Berkeley International Office website and Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs website.

Research policy analysis and coordination

Summary of resources and links to information about how research agencies and other entities are responding to Coronavirus. As well as daily updates on how UC, sponsors, and regulators are responding to COVID-19.

Staff who are not explicitly instructed to work at  the campus in person should not come to work. Managers and supervisors will assess what services need to continue on the campus to protect and serve students in residence and maintain other critical operations, such as delivery of remote learning, student housing/dining, University Health Services, etc. Employees will receive direction from their managers if they are required to come to the campus in order to work.  People who are working from home should continue to do so.  California Gov. Newsom has advised anyone over the age of 65 to remain at home; the campus intends to support this goal

Telecommuting technology resources

Staff and faculty with technical questions about telecommuting to work can find resources and advice on this page. Students and instructors can also make use of the resources.

Cybersecurity and COVID-19

A collection of cybersecurity resources relating to the novel Coronavirus and telecommuting.

Telecommuting policy for staff

Information about telecommuting and related policies and procedures.

University of California executive order (3/16/2020)

Modifies the March 9 guidance to allow up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave.

University of California guidance regarding paid leave and remote work provisions (3/9/2020)

The university has enacted temporary emergency actions regarding remote work and paid leave related to COVID-19.

Guidance for timekeeping during COVID-19

Information for managers and supervisors about how to report administrative leave with pay as it relates to COVID-19.

Ergonomics tips for working at home

The Be Well at Work Ergonomics Program has special tips for working at home.

COVID-19-Related leave for academic appointees

Latest guidance from Academic Personnel and Programs regarding leave for academic appointees.

As advised earlier, students who live in campus housing and Blackwell Hall may choose to leave Berkeley and obtain prorated relief from the payment obligations of their housing contracts. The Berkeley health department has confirmed that the “shelter in place” order does not prevent students from moving out of student housing facilities to reside somewhere else.  We will keep residence and dining facilities open under these emergency circumstances so long as there is a need to do so. More information is available at the COVID-19 Housing website.  The Basic Needs Center, including the Food Pantry, will move to 103 Sproul Hall.

International students may wish to visit the Berkeley International Office website to get updated visa and other information.

Information for graduate students

Resources for graduate students as well as for faculty and staff who support graduate education.

Student Affairs updates

Information on housing, dining, financial aid and more.

Laptop and Wi-Fi hotspot lending program

Free laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots for students who qualify.

Guidance for International Students and Scholars

Visit the Berkeley International Office website for FAQs and guidance on visas.

We strongly recommend that each student carefully weigh the risk of travel given current guidance and recommendations from the CDC and other authorities.

Travel guidance

Updated guidance about university-related travel and non-essential travel.

International travel resources

Berkeley’s Global Engagement Office has updated policies and advice for staff and faculty planning to make work-related international trips.

Reimbursement for travel

Information specific to reimbursement for travel impacted as a result of the coronavirus.

Guidelines

All public events planned to take place on the campus through April 7, 2020 are canceled.  No new event reservations should be accepted by any facility manager for events to occur between March 17 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Athletics

All Cal Athletics competitions are canceled through the remainder of the spring term. Fans who have pre-purchased tickets to events that have been canceled may contact the Cal Athletic Ticket Office with questions by calling (800) GO BEARS (462-3277) and pressing option 3.

BAMPFA

Closed until further notice.

Botanical Garden

Closed until further notice.

Cal Day

Canceled.

Cal Performances

All remaining performances and events in the 2019–20 season have been canceled.

Campanile

Closed through May 15.

Campus tours and Koret Visitor Center

Suspended/closed through May 15.

Commencement

Commencement has been postponed.

Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Closed until further notice.

Lawrence Hall of Science

Closed until further notice.

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Closed until further notice.

Theater, dance and performance studies

Department leadership is evaluating events on a week-by-week basis.

Greater Good’s guide to well-being during coronavirus

Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, and educators facing COVID-19.

Principles of Community

All members of the campus community are asked to keep the Principles of Community in mind when interacting with others during these stressful times.

Coronavirus xenophobia, anti-Asian racism have no place at UC Berkeley

A message from UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion Oscar Dubón and Assistant Vice Chancellor for People & Culture Eugene Whitlock.

Berkeley Division of Equity and Inclusion

E&I programs are providing services and support virtually during COVID-19 Shelter in Place.

Equity and inclusion during COVID-19

Guidance prepared by the Council of Chief Diversity Officers at the University of California to assist campus decision makers, faculty, administrators, students and staff on providing supportive positive and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis.