Campus Messages

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

Respect for Our Neighbors

Dear Colleagues:

We are requesting your cooperation to be mindful of your actions in our community as UCSF continues to receive complaints from our neighbors about litter left in front of their houses.

While our neighbors’ concerns likely are the actions of a few people, they cast a negative image of our organization to our surrounding community. Our neighbors’ specific complaints primarily are about discarded cigarettes, gloves, food wrappers, and medical garbage.

Maintaining positive relationships with our immediate neighbors is very important to UCSF. We work with our neighbors on shared activities to improve the safety of areas in which UCSF employees and students live and travel to work and study. They are critical partners in our planning to construct new buildings or create new programs for patients and families. But even more important, being a good neighbor is simply the right thing to do.

We have policies in effect that we expect everyone to follow, and we request that you treat our neighboring community as if it is your own. Please note the following information:

  • Remove all gloves, masks, and hairnets and place them, as well as all medical garbage, in trash receptacles inside of our buildings. It is not appropriate to discard any of these materials in outside receptacles.
  • UCSF is a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus, which includes our neighboring communities. This policy is in effect for all University of California campuses and facilities.
  • UCSF provides a number of free resources to quit smoking and/or remain tobacco-free and smoke-free while on campus, including nicotine replacement gum at Occupational Health locations and smoking cessation courses offered by the Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center. For more information on these and other resources, please visit
  • When you eat or drink outside, use trash receptacles to throw away gum, food wrappers, and any other trash. Every bit makes a difference.

We should live our PRIDE Values not just within our buildings but also when we leave campus. Let’s show our neighbors how grateful we are to be part of the community in which they live, by respecting the surroundings in which we work and study.


Paul Jenny
Senior Vice Chancellor
Finance and Administration

Sheila Antrum
Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
UCSF Health

Paul Takayama
Interim Lead
Community & Government Relations