Living at CDSP

CDSP's community norms and policies are described in the Community Handbook.

Community Night is a time when the entire CDSP community – commuting and residential students, families, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors – gathers once a week in Denniston Commons following an evening (5:45 p.m.) Eucharist in All Saints Chapel for fellowship, dinner and an occasional program or visiting speaker.

The evening Eucharist and Community Nights occur on Thursdays in the months when school is in session.

These signature events capture the spirit and diversity and community of CDSP. Alumni, faculty and student have led discussions or programs at Community Nights, which are often followed by a community "staff meeting" at La Val's pizza restaurant around the corner on Euclid Avenue.

The Community Nights begin after chapel and conclude by 7:30 p.m. This allows time for Forums and 'See CDSP' events. There are no Community Nights on the 4th Thursday In October, November, December or March because of Reading Week, Thanksgiving, Christmas break and Spring break).

A catered community dinner is served in Denniston Commons following the Eucharist.

Because CDSP is located in the center of 'Holy Hill,' home to six of the nine member seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union, members of the CDSP community are able to attend the wide range of special events, lectures, exhibits and public forums scheduled at the various schools and affiliated centers, which express the richness and diversity of this unique ecumenical and inter-religious community.

Browse the GTU events calendar to explore the many events, exhibits and lectures available to CDSP students and faculty.

CDSP students can use the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary shuttle. See the schedule on the PLTS website.

CDSP is part of multiple neighborhoods, whose members and institutions enrich the experience of living, studying and worshiping.

  • The "Holy Hill" neighborhood, consisting of partner schools and centers of the Graduate Theological Union, sharing faculty, meals, events, a library and open spaces.
  • The Euclid Avenue neighborhood, providing a commercial block with places to gather, shop, eat and linger.
  • The North Berkeley neighborhood, with its own unique shops and restaurants along Shattuck Avenue, the meandering streets of the Berkeley Hills and the Berkeley Rose Garden.
  • The University of California/Berkeley neighborhood, one block south, with entertainment, recreation, libraries and parks within the sprawling campus.
  • Downtown Berkeley, also within walking distance, offering the amenities, shops, services and government offices of a city of more than 100,000 people, flavored by unique and eclectic traditions.
  • Berkeley is part of the East Bay, whose population center is nearby Oakland, but whose communities stretch from the Sacramento Delta to San Jose.
  • Across the bay, the Golden Gate and the city of San Francisco are always in view – fogbank permitting – beckoning East Bay residents to travel across the Bay Bridge or take public transportation (bus, BART, or ferry) to the renowned international city and all of its treasures.

CDSP students, as part of the GTU, have some privileges at the University of California, Berkeley:

  • Membership in the Cal Rec Club is available to CDSP students. Learn more, and please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about signing up.
  • Students may apply to use the Library. You must show your CDSP ID card with a current GTU library sticker; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need a sticker.
  • Students may cross-register for courses at UCB. After receiving your advisor’s approval, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., GTU Dean of Students.

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Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) highly values the individual and collective security of its students, faculty, and staff. This is so not only because it cares about individual safety, but also because safety is a pre-requisite for the creation of an academic community devoted to research, learning and teaching.

In addition, the Congress and Department of Education have established many requirements for campus crime policies and reporting. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), codified at 20 U.S.C. 1092(f) as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 require that CDSP disclose policy information and crime statistics as part of a campus security report published annually.

A copy of the complete 2018 CDSP Clery Act Report is available for download.

The Berkeley Police Department has an interactive map of where recent crimes have been committed.  

CDSP depends on the dedicated work of its students, and is pleased to be able to offer on-campus employment opportunities for students that allows them to contribute to the CDSP community and work in an environment that appreciates a student's need to balance academic work and employment.

A number of positions are made available across various aspects of the school's work, from admissions to landscaping. On this page, you will find all you need to know about finding and maintaining a student employment position at CDSP. Please read through basic policies below and explore the links at the bottom for more detailed information.

Students are a vital part of the operation of most departments. Students should be aware of the fact that departments are reliant on the services students contribute just as they depend on the work performed by the career staff. For this reason, the following student responsibilities are listed to give students an idea of what is expected of them as employees.

Scheduling: CDSP recognizes that for student employees, their priority is their academic work, and their CDSP work position fits around that priority. There is a level of flexibility for most student employment positions that would not exist in other job environments. However, both student employees and supervising staff are responsible for ensuring that work hours and duties are understood at all times. Students rely on work as a source of income, and staff rely on students to accomplish a great deal of work. Both students and staff should recognize the ways the other depends on them, and plan and communicate accordingly. If either the student or staff member need to change hours or will not be available during scheduled hours, they must communicate this to the other in a timely fashion. Students should notify their supervisor of any change in class schedule that may affect their work schedule. Students should also give their supervisors as much notice as possible (1-2 weeks preferable) if they plan to terminate employment.

Adhere to Policies: Abide by the policies and guidelines of your employing department and observe appropriate workplace behaviors. Remember that you represent your department's interests to other students, faculty, and visitors to the school.

Perform Work Duties: Students should report to work on time and remain working until the specified hours are completed. While on the job, all of your tasks should be work-related. Homework and other personal activities should be saved for times when you are not working.

Maintain Confidentiality: Students should maintain confidentiality regarding workplace issues and information including, but not limited to, releasing or sharing information about other students. This includes not discussing job-related information in an off-the-job context. CDSP takes violations of confidentiality very seriously, and may discipline employees for breaching it.

Every position is different, and not every department has the same policies. Obligations and responsibilities (except for those listed above) will vary. Ask your supervisor for the obligations that pertain to your position and your department.

International Student Employment

International students attending CDSP and other member schools in the Graduate Theological Union on an F-1 Visa are eligible to work on-campus jobs at CDSP. The BCIS limits students in F-1 status to working on a campus for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students may work full-time during academic breaks.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment of students to help them avoid excessive debt while in school. Student employees who are employed under the FWS program are awarded FWS as part of their total financial aid package. Students may be employed on- or off-campus with their FWS funds. On-campus opportunities are listed on the CDSP website. For off-campus public service opportunities, please contact the Financial Aid Office. FWS jobs are available to financial aid recipients with FWS eligibility listed on the Financial Aid award letters mailed out from the Financial Aid Office.

Student employment opportunities

Timesheet for student workers

Direct deposit memo and form