UC promises students a fall 2021 return to campus


Sather Gate at UC Berkeley.

Students at all 10 University of California campuses can expect to return to in-person classes in the fall 2021 semester.

UC officials credited the widening availability of coronavirus vaccine doses for students, staff and faculty as the driving force behind announcing plans to reopen.

“As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” UC President Dr. Michael Drake said. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.”

Additional details about school health and safety requirements as well as starting dates will be announced by individual campuses, according to UC officials.

In a news release published Monday on the campus website, UC Berkeley officials said:

“We will continue to strongly encourage prevention measures and will require and provide regular COVID-19 testing for anyone who will be on campus. We expect the COVID-19 vaccine will be more broadly available on campus and in the community between now and the start of fall semester, which will offer further protection against disease spread. And we will continue to work in close concert with and at the direction of local public health authorities.”

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