Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Change in Date for Returning to On-Site Work

Dear UCSF Community,

As we monitor the evolving course of the pandemic, I have decided to extend the date of returning to on-site work, for those who have been working remotely, to March 1, 2022.

Our COVID-19 response team is continually assessing data about the pandemic and its impact on our community. Based on its guidance, I have determined that limiting the number of people on site to those whose work is performed on campus and in our facilities is the right course of action under current circumstances.

Remaining Flexible

This extension will help us reduce the impact of a potential winter COVID-19 surge and prepare for a cold and flu season that may be worse than last year due to greater social interaction. Cold and flu symptoms often resemble COVID-19, and this will strain our ability to meet the COVID-19 testing and contact tracing needs of our on-site workforce and patients.

It is important that we remain flexible in managing the pandemic, not only in patient care but also in our education and research activities. As new developments occur, we may revisit the extension. It is likely that some of our employees who are currently working remotely may be asked to return to on-site work in the months ahead to accomplish duties and responsibilities that cannot be performed remotely. We will keep you posted as we monitor the upcoming cold and flu season, school re-opening schedules, and possible COVID-19 vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds and booster shots for adults.

Get Vaccinated

In the meantime, remember that most COVID-19 infections are occurring in the community. Getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and practicing good hygiene will help you protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community. There is a long clinical record that shows this is the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death. As a reminder, all members of the UCSF community must comply with the UC-wide vaccine policy by September 1, 2021.

This has been a long year and a half for us all. We continue to be tested by an unpredictable virus, but we are making overall progress against the pandemic, even considering the current surge.

On behalf of my entire leadership team, I extend our deep appreciation for all you have done for our patients, learners, and community.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor