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October 19, 2020

October 16, 2020

People & Culture

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for sharing your opinions on our fourth coronavirus Employee Morale Survey with a focus on appreciation. 

October 1, 2020

Chancellor's Office

Dear students, staff and faculty,

As we approach election day on November 3, I write with the hope that members of the campus community will exercise their right to vote. In California, the deadline to register for the election is Monday, October 19, so please register early!  For out of state students, please check your registration status and register here. 

People & Culture

Key Takeaways: 

  • Expect to continue working from home until June 30, 2021 

  • Check this decision tree if you or your manager are unsure if you need to be on-site

September 29, 2020

Chancellor's Office

Dear Campus Community,

We’re writing to share an update on our plans for the spring semester. We know that many of you are eager to make plans for instruction and housing. While not all decisions have been finalized, we hope this information will be helpful in your planning.

As was the case when we announced our plans for the fall, these decisions are dependent on approval from local public health authorities. We must recognize that we continue to operate amid great uncertainty, as uncomfortable as that may be.

September 24, 2020

Division of Student Affairs

This email is sent on behalf of University Health Services (UHS)

Dear Faculty and Staff - 

September 17, 2020

Vice Chancellor, Administration

We are pleased to announce an expansion of the Bright Horizons Back-Up Care Program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant consequences it has had for those responsible for the care of dependents. The program is now available to all benefits-eligible employees and students. All can use up to 120 hours of in-home or center-based care for children or adult dependents, for a low hourly copay. 

This expanded program begins today for all academic employees and students, and on October 1st for all staff employees. The program lasts through June 30, 2021. 

September 11, 2020

People & Culture

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce an open call for nominations for the 2020 UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development. The UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI) is a unique, experiential, systemwide program for mid-career woman-identified professionals that brings together participants from every UC location.  

Administration

Dear Campus Community,

The smoke from the California fires has caused our local air quality to worsen. Currently, the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Berkeley is between 201-300 which is in the "Very Unhealthy” category. At this level we recommend that all employees and students in the region take steps to reduce your exposure, whether you are on campus or at home:

September 10, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

The U.S. Department of Education has completed its six-year review of campus compliance with the Clery Act. The review involved an assessment of campus crime statistics, policies and procedures regarding campus safety and crime prevention in place from 2009-2016. 

August 26, 2020

Chancellor's Office

Dear Campus Community,

As we begin a fall semester unlike any other, I want to provide you with updates and new information about our plans, hopes, and expectations for the months ahead.

August 19, 2020

Administration

We are writing today to share information on preparedness actions, health cconsiderations, and resources with regards to the most likely risk (in addition to COVID-19) that is coming our way - wildfire smoke. Northern California and UC Berkeley have been heavily impacted by wildfire smoke during the last three fall semseters and is currently experiencing air quality that is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Chancellor's Office

Dear Campus Community,

The University of California Office of the President has revised the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment policy for all UC campuses. This change complies with new Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education, which went into effect Aug. 14. 

August 17, 2020

Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dear Campus Community,

We are writing to welcome you to the start of the Fall 2020 Semester and to inform you of important information and resources for this coming academic year. 

This semester does come with challenges, and we have worked with many of you over the spring and summer to identify and address these challenges through careful planning. We want to thank you for your continued dedication, creativity, and flexibility. 

Resources for Fall Instruction

August 10, 2020

People & Culture

Dear Colleagues,

As a campus, we are called on daily to address complex, sometimes emotional, and oftentimes uncomfortable circumstances in our positions. Consider how quickly we were called on to respond to COVID-19. Suddenly we spent weeks addressing leaves issues, setting up and developing alternative working arrangements, advising managers and supervisors about how to manage remotely and responding to the health and safety needs of everyone. 

August 6, 2020

Division of Student Affairs

Dear campus community - 

As you know, we will start the fall 2020 semester with remote instruction and by offering student services remotely. As leaders of the Student Engagement and Services Recovery Management Team, we want to share updates about how we plan to support you and about our readiness plans under the evolving circumstances.

Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dear Colleagues, 

Thanks to those of you who tuned into last week’s Campus Conversation in which we, along with Chancellor Christ, gave an update on the campus budget; the event was recorded and can be accessed on the Campus Conversations website. We appreciate your questions and engagement. We find ourselves in an enormously challenging time and ask for your partnership as we look to the future. 

August 3, 2020

Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer

Dear Campus Community,

In a previous message about the incidents of Zoom bombing on campus, we committed to making improvements to our Zoom service in order to strengthen security and privacy settings as mechanisms to mitigate further acts of Zoom bombing. We are writing to provide an update to you about the specifics of those changes, which will be rolled out between now and the start of the fall semester.

July 30, 2020

People & Culture

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for sharing your opinions in our third coronavirus Employee Morale Survey. 

The headlines this month are ‘steady as we go.’ With a few notable exceptions, your feelings remain largely unchanged as to the effects coronavirus is having on our lives. One of the big changes is in your view of working from home once shelter in place is lifted (more of you prefer to work from home) which is understandable given California’s recent surge in positive cases.

July 27, 2020

Administration

This past Sunday, July 26, 2020, marked the 30th anniversary of the day the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law.