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April 24, 2020

UC Berkeley is providing each employee who works on the campus with a face covering or mask. Unless an employee already has face coverings or masks or has been directed by their supervisor to use their own department’s supply or another supply of masks, Environment, Health & Safety officials will offer masks from a limited stock of surgical masks readily on hand. The campus will move to providing cloth face coverings when the cloth face coverings purchased arrive later this month.

April 22, 2020

In response to concerns about proctoring of examinations under shelter-in-place orders and academic misconduct, the Provost convened a working group at the beginning of April. The 21 members of the working group, consisting of faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines, were charged with examining strategies for remote exams, developing principles for procuring remote proctoring services, and assessing products for our campus.

April 21, 2020

We are extending the deadline to drop or withdraw from most Summer Sessions courses and still receive a refund for various fees, a move that we hope will provide students with greater flexibility.

April 17, 2020

An update, as well as additional information that we are using to further understand and shape the campus budget for the remainder of this fiscal year, for FY 2021, and beyond.

April 6, 2020

Regarding some important issues that have emerged as we all adapt to our new instructional circumstances: copyright of instructional materials and class climate.

April 3, 2020

Dear Student:

Due to the continuing complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Berkeley has made the decision to continue remote delivery of instruction in place of face-to-face classes through Summer Sessions 2020.  Even before the decision to go remote, more than 30 fully online classes were scheduled to be delivered in Summer Sessions; information on these classes can be found at:

Dear Graduate School of Education Community,

In response to the unusual and challenging circumstances that instructors and students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus announced on March 20 Grading Policies for the Spring Semester of 2020. These policies include the decision to make Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) the default grading basis for all undergraduate courses for the spring 2020 semester.

April 2, 2020

We are writing to follow up on yesterday’s message regarding a campus-wide hiring freeze. What follows is our effort to answer some of the questions that we have received about academic and staff hiring during this period.
The campus has also received queries from students, instructors, and the public about the policy and instructional resilience. Over the past two weeks, faculty and staff have compiled the questions and composed answers to them. The result of this effort can be found in the following resources.

April 1, 2020

We are writing today to share the latest information regarding the campus budget, our principles for decision making, and our initial recommendations.

March 26, 2020

Tomorrow is Cesar Chavez Day, a holiday honoring the principles of fairness, social justice, and the struggle for equity in the workplace and all of society. As we continue to adjust to our new reality created by COVID-19, both with respect to work and our personal lives, it is more important than ever to pause and think about the broader values and personal meaning that this day represents.

March 25, 2020

Announcing the 2020 recipients of the Graduate Division's Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards and the Graduate Assembly's Faculty Mentor Awards.

March 20, 2020

Updates related to COVID-19
Expression of deep gratitude to each and every one of you for helping our campus navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the unusual and challenging circumstances that instructors and students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we write to let you know that the Academic Senate has approved the following changes for the spring 2020 semester.

March 18, 2020

Clarity regarding what members of the campus community can do in their work capacity (and when they should and should not come to campus to work) in light of previous campus messages and various shelter-in-place orders, including from Alameda County and the City of Berkeley. This memo supersedes all earlier communications, except the Executive Order regarding distance learning and research issued earlier today.
We write to provide clarity regarding who should and should not be coming to work at the campus to perform duties related to distance learning and research consistent with the procedures that the campus has now established for providing remote learning and research continuity.

March 16, 2020

Following up on a campus wide message earlier today and in response to a rapidly changing environment around COVID-19 and the urgent need to practice social distancing, the campus is taking the following actions. These directives are consistent with and authorized by recently announced “shelter in place” guidance from several Bay Area counties, including Alameda County and the City of Berkeley.
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, we are rapidly moving toward a “maintenance-only” mode of physical operation of the campus. Generally speaking, this means that all in-person instruction should cease. All instruction that can be delivered remotely should continue.