Campus Messages

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

Update on Recovery and Resilience Actions

Dear UCSF Community,

In cities across the country the rhythm of daily life as we knew it only a few months ago is slowly beginning to return. In California, from the state capitol to city hall to UCSF, the focus on frontline response is broadening to include recovery efforts, even as we continue to watch for a resurgence.

As we address the financial damage created by COVID-19, we will face tough decisions. The economic uncertainty before UC and UCSF raises questions about budgets, staffing levels, and compensation, adding to the toll the pandemic has taken on everyone’s lives, especially the most vulnerable among us. These are important issues, and I want you to know that I will address them in a straightforward manner as more information becomes available.


Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a revised state budget that included a reduction for UC funding. Though we do not yet know the specific impact on UCSF, we must start preparing for potential budget cuts for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Continuing shortfalls on the campus and at UCSF Health only underscore the challenge before us. In response, I am instructing UCSF’s control points to start scenario-planning potential budget reductions of 5-10% in the allocation from the Office of the Chancellor. Additional updates will follow as this work develops.

Staffing and Compensation

At a time of uncertainty, I realize you have questions about potential changes to staffing and compensation. I have instructed the teams facilitating our recovery and resilience strategy to look for creative solutions to reduce costs on supplies and realize savings through the hiring freeze. This work is a shared call to action, and I ask you to help identify opportunities for lowering our expenses. Speak with your team leader about your ideas. We must work together and do everything we can to protect jobs and compensation. Furloughs, staff reductions, and changes to compensation are among the last options we will consider.

UC Systemwide Actions

To address UC’s systemwide financial challenges, UC President Janet Napolitano and all the Chancellors announced several actions yesterday. They include a systemwide freeze on salaries for policy-covered staff employees, as well as a systemwide freeze on salary scales for policy-covered, non-student academic appointees. In solidarity, the President and the Chancellors agreed to a voluntary 10% reduction in pay. To learn more about the President’s message, I encourage you to read her letter and accompanying FAQ

As I consider UCSF’s future, I am looking to our recent history. It took immense courage, commitment, and resilience for the entire UCSF community to navigate a truly uncharted landscape, and we emerged from that initial experience with lessons we will surely rely on as we transition into the next phase of the pandemic.

Thank you, as always, for all the work you are doing to keep our public mission strong, for serving as a model of excellence in the fight against COVID-19, and for looking after our patients and one another.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor