COVID-19 Support for Academics

Campus reviewers in the future will understand that the COVID-19 pandemic had a prolonged disruptive impact on research and teaching, and will interpret records of review periods including the pandemic accordingly. Make sure that you discuss the consequences of the pandemic on your record in your self-evaluative statements.

Read more, below, about supportive measures for faculty affected by the COVID pandemic:

One-time Offset in Merit Review

For ladder-rank faculty with clear evidence of significant loss of research productivity due to COVID-19 (including the loss of childcare or other changes in family/personal obligations), such that they cannot earn a full-step advance, a half-step offset will be provided as a one-time measure so they receive a full-step advance or the equivalent thereof. Learn more

COVID-19 “Stop the Clock"

Ladder-rank faculty can request a one-semester or one-year extension of the tenure clock due to COVID-19 related disruptions including the loss of childcare or other changes in family/personal obligations. Learn more

2022 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)

Effective February 19, 2022, through September 30, 2022, UC Berkeley is providing up to 80 hours of 2022 Emergency Paid Sick Leave (2022 EPSL) for our full-time employees and the two-week equivalent for our part-time employees. Employees will be allowed to use 2022 EPSL retroactively to January 1, 2022. In addition, 2022 EPSL also provides eligible employees until September 30, 2022, to use any remaining hours from their 2021 EPSL entitlement. Learn more