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Learn about 2021–22 Golden Bear Orientation.

January 13: GBO Check-In


The first step in Golden Bear Orientation for in person participants is to visit GBO Check-In January 13. Check-In runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Pauley Ballroom (MLK Student Union). Lunch will also occur that this time. 

During GBO Check-In, you will get your nametag and GBO wristband which will grant you access to in person events including meals. 

New Student Services is dedicated to providing a safe environment for new students to connect during GBO. For Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, we are following campus recommendations and taking extra steps which will require a few more action items on your part. Review the following actions you will need to take prior to GBO Check In to ensure your full access to all of Golden Bear Orientation: 

  • Schedule your University Health Services (UHS) COVID-19 Surveillance Test Now: Whether or not you have been vaccinated, you must take a UHS COVID-19 test prior to GBO Check-In. Only UHS tests are acceptable, and advance appointments are required.  As a commuter student, you can take your surveillance test anytime leading up to or the same day as GBO Check In. Appointments may be limited on the morning on January 13th due to Move-In for students in campus housing. Schedule your test via the eTang portal! Once you have taken the test, your Campus Access Badge will reflect that you are up to date on your testing requirement. Appointment times will become available on January 4, 2022 for the week of January 10-14.
    • Students living in University Residence Halls: check in to GBO after you have completed your surveillance test and moved into your Residence Hall. Follow instructions from Housing on move-in times, surveillance testing appointments, and move-in procedures.
  • Download Berkeley Mobile App (BK App): the Campus Access Badge is housed within the BK App
  • Campus Access Badge: tool utilized throughout campus to showcase COVID-19 policy compliance. You will be asked to show a green Campus Access Badge during GBO Check In. 
    • Daily Symptom Screener: you will complete this each day in the BK App. 
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Compliance: the Campus Access Badge will indicate whether or not someone is in compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy. Compliance means either (a) be at least 2 weeks beyond the final dose of vaccine, or (b) received exemption and continued to take weekly surveillance tests. If you are less than 2 weeks beyond the final dose of the vaccine or have received an exemption, you will be required to get tested weekly until you are fully vaccinated. Upload your vaccine information to the eTang portal now
    • Surveillance testing: As noted above, all students must take at least one COVID-19 surveillance test with University Health Services (UHS)..
  • Bring your Valid ID: state ID, drivers license, and/or passport. This will be required to provide your Cal 1 Card and AC Transit pass. 

Don’t Forget Your Face Covering

Be sure to review the campus policies on face coverings, and note that the regulations on face coverings will most likely continue to fluctuate. It’s a good idea to carry a mask with you at all times, just in case you need one (even if you are vaccinated).