Judge Orders UC Berkeley to Freeze Enrollment

Inside Higher Ed 

Elizabeth Redden
August 27, 2021
The ruling faults the university’s analysis of the environmental impacts of increased enrollment as flawed and orders it not to further increase enrollment above 2020-21 levels.
An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ordered the University of California, Berkeley, to freeze student enrollment.
The highly unusual order more specifically directs the university to “suspend any further increases in student enrollment at UC Berkeley, in academic years 2022-2023 and later, above the level of student enrollment in academic year 2020-21” until the university comes into full compliance with the court’s requirements.
It also instructs UC Berkeley to void its decision to move ahead with a planned public-private development project, the Upper Hearst Project, intended to create new academic space as well as faculty, postdoctoral researcher and graduate student housing.