Policies

Privacy

The UC Berkeley Extension Dean's Office is responsible for maintaining Extension student records, and any questions about them should be addressed to the Dean's Office in writing. The policy governing the disclosure of information from student records provides for your right to be informed about where student records are located, to review your own records, to request corrections, to grieve alleged violations of privacy, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information and to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education. UC Berkeley Extension adheres to the privacy requirements in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the California Information Practices Act and all other applicable federal and state laws and regulations that safeguard education records, privacy and confidentiality.

UC Berkeley Extension uses the preferred contact information that you have designated in your student account to communicate with you for school administrative purposes.

UC Berkeley Extension has designated the following as public information under the policy, and on request may release this information to the general public, including potential employers: student names; terms of attendance; and major fields of study, including any earned certificates or other program completion awards. You may opt out of releasing this information by logging into your student profile and changing your privacy settings.

This site is the website of UC Berkeley Extension.

Our postal address is:

1995 University Ave., Suite 110
Berkeley, CA 94704-7000

We can be reached via email at extension@berkeley.edu, or you can reach us by telephone at (510) 642-4111.

For each visitor to our website, our Web server automatically recognizes information regarding the domain. We do collect information volunteered by the customer, such as survey information and/or registration or inquiry information.

The information we collect may be used by us to contact customers for marketing purposes but is not shared with other organizations for commercial purposes.

We only collect emails if users have subscribed online and opted in to receive emails from us. If you do not want to receive email from UC Berkeley Extension, there is a link to unsubscribe at the bottom of every email.

We use Google Analytics to aggregate general demographic information on our website visitors to improve our service, develop new methods of displaying information and ensure the technical functioning of our website. We do not share this information with Google or any outside firm.

We use cookies to record session information, such as items that you add to your shopping cart.

In addition, we use cookies to record session activity for remarketing purposes to advertise UC Berkeley Extension online. Third-party vendors, including Google, show these advertisements across the Internet. Cookies enable third-party vendors, including Google, to serve Extension ads based on individuals’ past visits to this website. Individuals can opt out of Google’s use of cookies and/or opt out of third-party vendors’ use of cookies.

If you supply us with a postal address online, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new courses and services or upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please let us know by writing to us at the above address, Attn.: Communication and Marketing Services; please provide us with your exact name and address and, if possible, the mailing label from the promotion you received.

If you supply us with your telephone numbers online, you will only receive telephone contact from us with information regarding your enrollment or information regarding Extension.

We do not partner with or have special relationships with any ad server companies.

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the policy changes to our website to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt-out of these new uses. If you have concerns about how information is used, you should check back at our website periodically. Customers may prevent their information from being used for purposes other than those for which it was originally collected by writing us at the above address.

Upon request, we provide site visitors with access to a description of information that we maintain about them. Customers can obtain this information by writing to us at the above address, by following the transcript request procedures or by visiting us in person and presenting a valid photo ID.

Upon request, we offer visitors the ability to have inaccuracies corrected in contact information and transaction information. You can have this information corrected by writing to us at the above address or visiting us in person and presenting a valid photo ID.

With respect to security: When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as financial or transcript information, we redirect visitors to a secure server.

If you feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, you may contact us at the above addresses or phone number.

Student Accounts

All students are expected to maintain only one UC Berkeley Extension student account. Please call (510) 642-4111 for assistance if you accidentally created multiple student accounts, are locked out of your account, have entered your name incorrectly or are having other technical problems. Extension may periodically request you to provide a government-issued ID to verify your account, identity and address. Please note that a legal name change also requires a copy of the legal document that attests to the name change (e.g., marriage certificate, court order, and so forth). Violations of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action under the UC Berkeley Extension Code of Student Conduct.

Nondiscrimination

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and the University's policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers student admission, access and treatment in University programs and activities. It also covers faculty (Senate and non-Senate) and staff in their employment. Please also refer to UC Berkeley's policy statement on the prevention of a hostile environment.

Any Extension student or instructor who believes that he or she has been the victim of discrimination or harassment should contact the Office of the Dean, UC Berkeley Extension, (510) 642-4181 or extension-dean@berkeley.edu. Students and instructors should also contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-7985. For additional information, please refer to UC Berkeley's policy on Responding to Reports of Racial Harassment.

Sexual Harassment and Violence Policy

Sexual harassment and violence are prohibited both by law and by University of California policy. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, nonverbal or physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education or interferes with a person’s work or educational performance or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile or offensive. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence.

If you have been subjected to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other forms of sexual harassment, a confidential care advocate is available to assist you. Please also refer to the following information regarding your confidential and nonconfidential reporting options and resources.

For further details on the policy and procedures, please also refer to the University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment and Violence, the UC Berkeley Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy or contact the Title IX Compliance Officer at the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-7985.

Honor Code and Student Conduct

All members of the UC Berkeley Extension community are expected to act with honesty, integrity and respect for others.

UC Berkeley Extension, as a unit of the University of California, Berkeley, is a continuing education and professional community committed to maintaining an environment that encourages personal, professional and intellectual growth. It is a community with high standards and high expectations for those who choose to become a part of it. This behavior includes abiding by the established rules of conduct intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with a civil and professional educational setting. Members of the UC Berkeley Extension community are expected to comply with all laws, University policies and campus regulations, conducting themselves in ways that support a professional and safe learning environment. In this context, instructors are guided by UC Berkeley Extension's instructor conduct policies and students by the UC Berkeley Extension Code of Student Conduct (PDF).

Academic Integrity

As a student of UC Berkeley Extension, you are encouraged to reach out to your fellow students in the classroom to avoid isolation, to discuss materials, and to ask each other questions; however, there are limits to this collaboration. 

Academic misconduct is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for yourself or any other members of the academic community. This misconduct includes a wide variety of behaviors such as cheating, plagiarism, altering academic documents or transcripts, gaining access to materials before they are intended to be available and helping another student to gain an unfair academic advantage.

In 2015, UC Berkeley Extension launched the Turnitin service to support academic integrity. Turnitin is an opt-in tool enabled through the Canvas Learning Management System that allows instructors to check student assignments for originality. Instructors can use Turnitin to identify possible instances of plagiarism or as a student-facing self-assessment tool to improve student writing and citation.

 

International Student Policies

International students interested in studying full-time at UC Berkeley Extension on an F-1 visa should visit extension.berkeley.edu/static/international/ for additional information about available full-time programs. International students with a Form I-20 that is issued by UC Berkeley Extension must be enrolled full time and must file a study list every term. The definition of full-time study differs depending upon the type of program in which you are enrolled. For concurrent enrollment, the full-time load is dependent on the load requirements of the inviting academic department. Note that not all UC Berkeley Extension programs are available for full-time study.

If you are visiting the United States on a B1/B2 tourist visa, you are strictly prohibited from enrolling into a full-time credit program of study at UC Berkeley Extension. You may take a credit course at UC Berkeley Extension only for recreational purposes; you may also take noncredit courses for corporate training purposes. Studying cannot be the main purpose of your visit, and your course cannot exceed 18 instructional hours per week. Refer to your visa application for more details. To transfer into a full-time program of study, you must either obtain an F-1 nonimmigrant visa from a consular officer abroad and seek readmission to the U.S., or apply to a UC Berkeley Extension International Program and request a change of status.

If you are in the U.S. primarily for tourism, but want to take a course at UC Berkeley Extension, the following rules apply:

  1. Your enrollment into UC Berkeley Extension course(s) must solely be for recreational purposes;
  2. Your course(s) must only be incidental to your visit as a tourist to the U.S., and must not be the main purpose of your visit;
  3. Your course(s) must not equal or exceed 18 instructional hours per week;
  4. Your course(s) must not equal or exceed:
    1. For courses numbered X300-499: 8 semester units a term; or
    2. For courses numbered X or XB 1-299: 12 semester units per term (including concurrent enrollment courses); and,
  5. Your course(s) must not be used for credit toward a degree, diploma, certificate or other program completion award.

To be successful in your courses, you must:

  • Have achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT and/or possess equivalent English language proficiency skills;
  • Have previously completed the listed prerequisites for the course(s).

For more information, contact UC Berkeley Extension’s International Student Administrative Services at extension-intl@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2564.

Safety and Security

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires that institutions of higher education make information regarding crime statistics and campus security available to students. You can access the Clery report online, or you can visit police.berkeley.edu for other UC Berkeley campus safety information.

UC Berkeley Nonsmoking Policy

Consistent with its emphasis on health and environmental protection, the University of California, Berkeley, is tobacco-free effective Jan. 1, 2014, meaning the use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco or unregulated nicotine products (i.e., e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces owned or leased by UC Berkeley. Anyone found violating this policy will be asked to cease the activity immediately.