UC Berkeley to begin in-person instruction at start of fall semester

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UC Berkeley announced Friday that its first week of instruction will be held in person.

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As students and faculty continue to look forward to the first semester of primarily in-person instruction since spring 2020, UC Berkeley announced Friday that the first week of instruction will be held in person.

The decision was influenced by a possible vaccine mandate for all UC campuses, according to a campuswide email from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. In a previous announcement, campus said the first week of instruction will be remote to allow COVID-19 testing for returning students and staff.

The widespread availability of vaccines and improving local public health conditions also informed campus’s decision, the email added.

“Students, staff, faculty and academic appointees should make every effort to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus,” the email reads. “If you were vaccinated at a non-UC Berkeley vaccination site, please upload your vaccination information through the secure eTang portal as soon as you are able.”

Most UC campuses will also begin the semester with in-person instruction and more details regarding the return to campus are being finalized, the email added.

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Aditya Katewa is the executive news editor. Contact him at [email protected], and follow him on Twitter at @adkatewa1.