Campus Messages

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

Return to on-site work on March 1

Dear UCSF Community,

The significant and continuing decline of Omicron cases in the Bay Area and the UCSF community’s high vaccination rates set the stage for us to increase the number of UCSF staff, faculty, and learners working on-site, effective March 1, 2022.

On-site and Telework Policy

With our expanded knowledge of COVID-19, including protocols for keeping patients and our communities safe, I have asked each Cabinet leader to determine the on-site and telework policy for their respective organizations. Their focus will be on developing the best combination of on-site and telework arrangements that will enable their organizations to serve the UCSF mission. Your supervisor will discuss your specific situation with you based on your job responsibilities and establish, as appropriate, new telework agreements that will go into effect on March 1.

Cautious Optimism

As we mark two years since UCSF saw its first COVID-19 patients, there is reason for cautious optimism. We are in a far better situation than we were in August last year when we delayed a return to on-site work due to changing circumstances. Today, 94% of our community has been fully vaccinated with a booster. We expect this number to improve as more people become booster eligible. In addition, the Omicron variant is subsiding quickly in the Bay Area, as it has in other parts of the world.

We have learned a great deal about COVID-19. We have learned new routines for our lives, including ways of serving our public mission while balancing the trade-offs of having some of us work remotely. All the while, others continued to work on site serving our patients and the communities that depend on us. As I reflect on the past couple of years, I am grateful for the resilience, sacrifices, and contributions made by all of our staff, faculty, and learners.

We have more tools than ever to assess and adapt to changing circumstances. UCSF is a learning organization that includes a health system committed to providing high-quality patient care.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely, ready to make quick changes to protect our patients and ourselves as the situation warrants.

I am proud of the way we have informed and shaped health policy during the pandemic, leading our communities through the most challenging moments of the past two years. Looking forward, we must now anticipate and move into the next phase of living with the novel coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor