Lawmakers approved, and the governor signed, legislation to allow UC Berkeley to admit all the new students it planned to this fall, undoing a judge’s enrollment cap.
Legislators introduced a bill, which may become law as soon as next week, to invalidate a judge’s ruling capping enrollment at 2020-21 levels.
Since not all admitted students enroll, Cal will now have to tell 5,000 high school seniors there’s no place for them at Berkeley in the fall.
The City Council voted Friday morning to file a legal brief opposing a court ruling that would cap UC Berkeley student enrollment.
UC Berkeley has been denied relief from a court-ordered enrollment freeze. It may be forced to mail out 5,100 fewer acceptance letters next month.
The new complex is needed to comply with Title IX regulations, but some neighbors say they will violate long-standing covenants the university agreed to.
An Alameda County judge ruled that campus must study the impacts of its growth before it expands any further.
Even though the city of Berkeley has reached a settlement, others are fighting the university in court.
UC Berkeley will now pay the city more than $4 million a year for its use of city services.
The ruling comes as the city and Berkeley are nearing an agreement on issues surrounding payments, housing, and enrollment.
Currently, the city must seek a criminal prosecution to do anything other than warn people to wear masks. A proposed ordinance will allow officials to hand out an administrative citation instead.
A state appeals court overturned a lower court ruling tossing out the case. UC Berkeley says it will appeal to the California Supreme Court.