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A Statement from the Dean of Students

In the past, our campus and the greater Berkeley community has served as a meeting point for extreme elements from opposing ends of the political spectrum who have at times sought to violently confront one another at demonstrations. These events may also attract and involve those who espouse hateful rhetoric that runs counter to our University’s values.

We want to re-affirm our shared commitment to the campus Principles of Community, as well as share this recent message from Chancellor Christ about our paired commitments to Free Speech and safety.

We recognize these events can engender harm for some. If you need support, the campus has several resources, including counseling services. For help navigating these resources, please contact my office, or visit our Well-being Page and our Support Page.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

Sunny Lee, Interim Dean of Students

Safety Best Practices

  • If you choose to engage in a demonstration, we encourage you to review our suggestions regarding how to protest safely.
  • UCPD advises that if you see violence occurring, separate yourself from it. Doing so can help keep you out of harm’s way. Report what you see to police if you can do so safely, and follow police instructions.
  • Should there be incidents on campus, UCPD will be using the text and email messaging service UCB Warn Me to keep the campus at-large informed about developments throughout the day.

Support Resources

  • Mental health counseling: Counselors at University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center are available on a drop-in basis for urgent concerns: Counseling and Psychological Services website or 510.642.9494 (after hours counseling line 855.817.5667. There are mental health professionals trained to provide support to individuals from a wide array of identities, including traditionally marginalized or disenfranchised groups.
  • Medical Emergencies: For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
  • Medical care (non-emergency): UHS’s urgent care hours Saturday 9:30am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. For after-hours care:
  • Reporting: For information and support on reporting hate crimes or hate-motivated acts:
  • Law Enforcement: You can and should contact law enforcement directly if you experience physical harm, direct threats, or emergency situations.

Additional Campus Resources