Residents’ health and safety needs are a top priority for the Office of Student Development. The Residential Living staff works with other UC Berkeley departments and services to maintain high health and security standards.
At the beginning of each move-in period, Resident Assistants go over safety guidelines (including instructions for fire and earthquake safety) with residents to ensure that all students are aware of the procedures and available resources.
There are two licensed psychologists, Aaron Cohen and Stephanie Ho, onsite to provide guidance and to help residents who need counseling or advice on various issues college students face. They are located in the Residential Student Services Program building at 2610 Channing Way. You may reach Aaron Cohen at (510) 643-5017 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may reach Stephanie Ho at (510) 643-2897 or email@example.com.
Each Tuesday in the Hillside RD office and Wednesday in the CKC RD offices, you can find Aaron Cohen, Ph.D. from 4:15-5:45pm. Aaron is a Psychologist from Counseling and Psychological Services and is actively involved in promoting the well-being of our residential students on campus. He works in Residential Living to collaborate with students and provide support and assistance. If you have questions about Cal or would like to chat about your experiences in college, good ones and even stressful ones, he is a good resource for you. He enjoys meeting and connecting with students so feel free to drop by and say hello to him.
Drop in and Let’s Talk hours for the Fall 2011 semester are Tuesday 4:15pm-5:45pm in the Hillside RD office and #Wednesday 4:15pm-5:45pm in the CKC RD offices
For more information on other Counseling and Psychological Services, please to go http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/students/counseling/.
One student Health Worker lives in every hall or area and is available to help residents with various health-related needs. They are trained by University Health Services to provide first aid and CPR, medical self-care, peer counseling, and health education. They hold weekly office hours for residents to discuss physical and emotional health concerns. For more information, contact the Health Worker Program at (510) 643-9061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get a quick overview of the University Health Services available at the Tang Center, watch this fun student video by the Student Health Advisory Committee.
Security Monitors (SMs) are students who have received safety and security training and they are expected to enforce security standards developed to protect the residential community. During the evening hours, Security Monitors are there to assist in the security of the community and to control access of residents and guests into the building. Security Monitor hours range from 6 PM – 3 AM.
The Berkeley campus has a dedicated, full- service police department with 77 officers, 45 full- time non- sworn personnel, and 60 student employees. UCPD, located at 1 Sproul Hall, has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on the campus of the University of California and associated University properties. The department is empowered as a full- service state law enforcement agency pursuant to section 830.2 (b) of the California Penal Code and fully subscribes to the standards of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Officers receive the same basic training as city and county peace officers throughout the state, plus additional training to meet the unique needs of a campus environment.
The department handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, emergency preparedness, and related law enforcement duties for the campus community and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UCPD coordinates closely with the city police department, operating joint patrol programs in the south campus area, and communicating at all levels to ensure the effective provision of police services.
Students are encouraged to use one of the free Night Safety programs offered by UCPD rather than traveling alone at night in or around campus. For escort to their car, public transportation, or on-campus housing, students should dial (510) 642-WALK and the UC Police Department’s Bear Walk Service will provide them with a safety escort. For more information, please visit: http://police.berkeley.edu.
The Night Safety Shuttle service is an extension of BearTransit daytime service, and provides safe nighttime transit to and from the campus for classes, study, research and meetings. Routes run from points on campus to BART, Clark Kerr campus and residence halls. Night Safety Shuttles are free to all including non-campus affiliates, and operate specified routes from 7:30 p.m. to 2:52 a.m. The Owl Line operates from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. 365 days a year. For routes and schedules, visit the Night Safety Shuttle page at the UCPD website.
Every residence hall is equipped with up-to-date fire safety equipment. Each floor has a fire extinguisher at the end of the hall, and each individual room has a smoke detector and sprinkler installed. Resident Assistants (RAs) will go over safety procedures with all residents at the beginning of the school year. For more information and specific instructions, please refer to the Bear Necessities Guide (page 50).
Small earthquakes are typical of California, as there are multiple fault lines running through the state. Most earthquakes are too light to feel, but at times there are strong enough shakes that can be felt. The residence halls, dining commons, and other RSSP buildings are designed to be as earthquake-safe as possible. For more information and specific instructions on maintaining an earthquake-safe room, please refer to the Bear Necessities Guide (page 51).
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In the fall of 2007, Cal Dining has partnered with Blue Sky Bio-Fuels by providing grease and oil collected from Dining Halls. Blue Sky Bio-Fuels converts these waste materials to bio-diesel for the Oakland School District school buses and transport vehicles in the Bay Area through the Biofuels4Schools and the Clean Air for kids campaigns.