Coronavirus Information for Berkeley Social Welfare

March 10, 2020

UC Berkeley and Alameda County have announced a series of steps to help mitigate the predicted spread of COVID-19 in our community. Below is a summary of the way these steps are being implemented within the School of Social Welfare. For up-to-date information on academic resources and public health guidelines, please refer to UC Berkeley's information hub

This is not how any of us imagined our semester would go. We acknowledge the impact this pandemic has on our Berkeley Social Welfare community, your loved ones, and the clients and communities social work serves. We are committed to supporting our students and to working with our agency partners until we see the other side.

This is an evolving situation, and we will keep our Berkeley Social Welfare community informed of changes that may arise. We ask everyone to remain flexible and supportive of one another. 


Courses will be offered online for the remainder of the Spring semester and for Summer Sessions 2020. Faculty have been asked to offer alternative approaches in case students do not have access to laptops / desktop computers. Faculty have access to a wide range of instructional resilience resources, including support from the Center for Teaching and Learning.

For updated information about grading options and other policies, students should consult the Student Services Bulletin Board. Students with questions about individual courses should contact their instructors. Students may also contact academic advisers in Student Services with general questions.

Instructors are encouraged to continue to forward any questions, comments or concerns about course instruction to Susan Stone.

Field Education

We have made the difficult decision that our MSW students are no longer able to be present at agency sites through the end of Spring 2020. In alignment with the "shelter in place" orders in effect for Bay Area counties, students are no longer permitted to travel to or be on-site or in the community related to field placement. 

Students with questions should consult the online list of FAQs as well as a video message from Director of Field Education Greg Merrill.

Newly Admitted Students

Please check our page for newly admitted students for the most up-to-date information.


Research lectures have been cancelled through the end of Spring 2020.

Haviland Hall

Haviland Hall is currently closed. Advising and other student-focused services are now being provided online or by phone. View contact information for Dean's Office staff (including Student Services advisers).


All staff are currently working remotely. Staff are encouraged to review online telecommuting resources

Last updated April 21, 2020