Our Divisions

SAO is made up of four divisions, each of which houses Caseworkers with differing expertise and experiences.

Academic

Our Academic Division handles scholastic issues including, but not limited to, grade changes, personal withdrawals, CalCentral issues, and disputes with faculty.

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid Division handles monetary issues including, but not limited to, financial aid dispersal, student employees, emergency housing, tuition, and California residency.

Conduct

Our Conduct Division handles conduct issues for students accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct for actions including, but not limited to, alleged cheating, destruction of property, and assault.

Grievance

Our Grievance Division handles all other student grievances, including, but not limited to, DSP accommodations, discrimination, sexual violence, and non-traditional student concerns.

The Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) is an executive, non-partisan office of the ASUC. We offer free, confidential casework services and resources to any student(s) navigating issues with the University, including academic, conduct, financial aid, and grievance concerns. All support is centered around students and aims for an equity-based approach.

Our case trends inform office policy projects that push for more just campus policies and resources that prioritize and protect students’ rights and general welfare.

Our casework and policy initiatives support any and all student(s): current undergraduate and graduate students, withdrawn students, non-traditional students, incoming students, and recent graduates.

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

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Click here for more information about confidentiality, advising, and resources.

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

Please visit our Resources Page for guides and recent updates to University Policy.

Our Team

SAO is comprised of the Student Advocate and two Chiefs of Staff. Each division is led by a Division Director and a Policy Coordinator.

Era Goel

Student Advocate

Leah Totsubo

Internal Chief of Staff

Crystal Choi

External Chief of Staff

Elan Barnett

Academic Director

Aeri Hong

Financial Aid Director

Annabelle Long

Conduct Director

Catie Haddad

Grievance Director

Jai Sharma

Academic Policy Coordinator

Lily Moser

Academic Policy Coordinator

Ainsley Chu

Conduct Policy Coordinator

Ariana Kretz

Conduct Policy Coordinator

Brian Xi

Financial Aid Policy Coordinator

Kaylie Moroupolos

Grievance Policy Coordinator

Katia Price

Head of Finance & Operations

Miranda Li

Head of Finance & Operations

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Blog

Check in here for recent updates to campus policy and instructional guides that impact the student body

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct At UC Berkeley, academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), facilitating academic dishonesty (allowing someone to cheat off of you or sharing answers), and fabrication/alteration of information.  Been accused of academic misconduct? Read Read more…

Faculty Disposition Forms

If your instructor has reached out with an allegation of academic misconduct, they may give you the option to sign a Faculty Disposition Form (available here). Signing this form indicates that you accept responsibility for Read more…

ASUC Housing Security Deposit Award

If you cannot afford to pay your security deposit this semester, apply to the Housing Security Deposit Award! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and you can apply at tinyurl.com/asucsecuritydeposit. Thanks to @asucsenatorcastro for the Read more…