The 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.
We provide assistance for a broad variety of problems, including
conduct violations, grade disputes, enrollment issues, financial aid problems, establishment of residency, discrimination, and harassment. All assistance is free and confidential.
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Planning Resources and Tips for Study Abroad
In collaboration with Berkeley Study Abroad, SAO has put together a useful workshop on academic planning and advice to know before you study abroad. Access the workshop here.
Fall 2011 Revisions of Conduct Process
Representatives from the Student Advocate's Office have been heavily involved in discussions to revise the campus code of conduct. The final recommendations for revisions were submitted in Summer 2011. The recommendations were accepted by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer and are currently being implemented. See an Op-Ed published by our office in the Daily Californian for more information on the process. The full list of finalized recommendations can be accessed here. A matrix displaying progress on the implementation of the code revisions is accessible here
Apply to be a Student Advocate
The Student Advocate's Office will be hiring caseworkers for Fall 2012. Please visit our Apply section to find information regarding the responsibilities that come with being a caseworker for the Student Advocate's Office! Applications will be available in August 2012. Two information sessions will precede the due date in late August.
California Residency Application Deadline The last day to file for residency is the last business day prior to the beginning of the semester. Good luck to all those
that applied! If your application is denied, please visit the Student Advocate's Office for help in conducting an appeal.
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UCOP Proposed Hate Crime Policies
Read the full text of UCOP's proposed hate crime policies here.
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involved in a dispute with a University, or if you have general questions about University policies or procedures, please contact us immediately. For the quickest response, please visit our office or email us.
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Hours of Operation: 10AM to 5PM; Monday to Friday; Fall & Spring semesters
During the summer, we do not hold regular office hours; please contact us by email.