UC Berkeley announces return of in-person services before fall semester

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In-person services at UC Berkeley are to begin before the start of the fall 2021 semester.

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As UC Berkeley prepares to return to its first in-person semester since spring 2020, many in-person student services will resume before the fall.

Beginning July 12, fully vaccinated students will have unrestricted access to certain facilities and services, including parts of the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Building and certain libraries.

Students with a vaccine mandate exception may access in-person services but must wear face coverings inside any campus building in addition to being tested weekly.

“We are optimistic about our return to primarily in-person instruction this fall, even as we remain prepared to pivot to meet public health needs,” a campuswide email from Student Affairs reads. “If pandemic conditions worsen, the campus is prepared to return to remote instruction and operations, based upon advice or direction from public health officials.”

Within the ASUC Student Union, students may access the Amazon Hub+, Bank of the West, Cal Student Store, Berkeley Art Studio and the Food Pantry, the email adds. Certain Cal Housing, Cal Student Central and Cal 1 Card services will also be accessible to students beginning July 12.

The ASUC Student Union will fully reopen to the campus community Aug. 9, and students may currently make space reservations. In addition, the Berkeley International Office will open Aug. 4 and Cal Student Central will resume in-person advising Aug. 16, among other services.

“We want to acknowledge once again the profound effect this past year has had on all members of our campus community and recognize the disproportionate impact it has had on many communities,” the email reads.

During the fall semester, patrons will be able to return to all campus libraries with modified hours of operations, and the Student Technology Services help desk will also resume in-person services Aug. 23.

Beginning Sept. 7, students may also make in-person and virtual appointments with the Disabled Students’ Program.

“Our outlook is hopeful as we see these announcements as beacons of a return to normalcy,” the email reads. “We are thrilled to be welcoming you back to campus soon with a wholehearted, Go Bears!”

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