Campus Messages

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

COVID-19 Escalated Policies and Guidance

Today, Chancellor Sam Hawgood ordered an escalation of a wide range of UCSF policies and guidance already in place, as part of an expanded effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The overriding goal of this action is the critical need to limit community transmission.

As the Chancellor stated last week, “We must support every action that helps to ‘flatten the curve’ of new COVID-19 cases…Limiting the growth of new infections, while allowing those who are ill time to be treated and recover, will help our communities get control of COVID-19 and also help hospitals and clinics manage the increased demand for care.”

Visit the newly designed UCSF COVID-19 Resource Page and click the links below for additional details on the updated guidance that follows. In addition, to receive text alerts when updated UCSF guidance and information are available: Text 333 111 and enter “UCSF”

Escalated Policies and Guidance – Sunday, March 15, 2020

Large Events and Gatherings

  • All events of 50 or more participants shall be cancelled or postponed; events of fewer than 50 participants must prioritize alternatives such as videoconferencing.


  • UCSF is restricting all non-essential university-sponsored travel, both domestic and international.


  • The San Francisco Department of Public Health on Friday, March 13, 2020, issued an order restricting visitors and requiring mandatory screening for all workers entering licensed inpatient hospital buildings.

Clinical Research Visits

  • All research visits should be conducted remotely when possible, and only those research visits that cannot be conducted remotely and that are deemed essential to the health and well-being of study participants can be conducted in person.

Laboratory Research

  • UCSF is directing all faculty with research laboratories to take measures immediately to reduce viral spread. A separate message will be sent the evening of Sunday, March 15, 2020, to all faculty with details about new requirements.

Faculty, Staff and Trainee Recruitment

  • Effective immediately, no in-person interviews will be conducted.

Library Access – Open Until Further Notice

  • The UCSF Library remains open for UCSF faculty, staff, and students at this time. For current information, please visit the Library online here.

Campus Facilities – Badge Access Required

  • Most campus building perimeter access points will require UCSF badge access effective Monday, March 16, 6:00 a.m.

Fitness Centers – Closed Until Further Notice

  • Effective Sunday, March 15, both Bakar and Millberry Fitness Centers will be closed until further notice.

Parking and Shuttles

  • Parking
    • UCSF’s parking facilities will be free of charge to non-permit holders from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, March 22.
    • Patients and visitors will also have access to parking facilities at no cost, including patient valet, through Sunday, March 22.
  • Shuttles
    • UCSF will have an update on shuttle availability soon. Thanks for your patience as our teams work to develop a plan that serves the needs our community during this public health challenge.