Welcome to the Student Advocate’s Office!

The ASUC Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) — effectively the campus public defender — is an executive, non-partisan office of the student government at UC Berkeley. We offer representation, help, and advice to any student or student group involved in a dispute with the University.

Our caseworkers have experience and knowledge about all sorts of problems, including conduct violations, grade disputes, enrollment issues, financial aid problems, establishment of residency, discrimination, and harassment. All assistance is free and confidential.

Visit the division pages above for information and resources about common disputes.

– Contact us!

– Are you one of our clients? Click HERE for more information about confidentiality, advising, and resources!

Please note: Our office is not regularly staffed during the summer or winter breaks. For immediate assistance, please email help@berkeleysao.org and we will assign you a caseworker in 24-48 hours.

Looking to join our office? Click here for our application page.

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We are a student group acting independently of the University of California. We take full responsibility for our organization and this web site.