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

May 9, 2018
Administrative
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

This week’s labor strike was a trying time for UCSF. It was difficult for everyone: our patients, those who came to work as usual, those on the picket lines, and those who volunteered after hours.

Our services ran smoothly to the extent possible, and throughout the strike employees across UCSF functioned as a team. In addition, we were able to provide safe, quality care to those with urgent needs that could not be postponed.

Over the next few weeks, UCSF Health will continue to feel the impact of the strike due to the need to accommodate those who had procedures, appointments, and treatments rescheduled.

We acknowledge that as everyone returns to work, there will be differences of opinion and conflicting feelings about the strike. However, we can all unite around our shared missions of patient care, research, and education and values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

Today and every day, we encourage unity and mutual respect. We remain committed with the UC Office of the President as well as other UC campuses and medical centers to finding a resolution to the issues that gave rise to this labor action.

We are grateful for all that you do for UCSF and UCSF Health.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

April 26, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We have received notice from several unions that they will strike or participate in a sympathy strike at UCSF and across the University of California (UC) system beginning the week of May 7, ending May 10, 2018. Please read below for more details.

We value our employees and respect their rights to representation and freedom of speech; that said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care. Every day, our patients entrust their lives to us, and in turn, we are responsible for ensuring that they receive the highest quality care in a safe and secure environment.

At all times, our top priorities are ensuring the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients and visitors.

We hope for an amicable resolution to the ongoing labor negotiations that have been underway for the past year with six unions. The UC Office of the President is conducting negotiations on behalf of the entire UC system, which is committed to reaching a negotiated agreement on compensation and benefits with all unions.

We have created a contingency plan to support our ongoing work and to minimize the strike’s impact. Even so, we expect disruptions to various services across the campus, particularly at UCSF Health, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the UCSF Dental Center.

More information about operational impacts and important bargaining updates will be posted at the In the Know website next week.

This strike will be challenging for all...

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April 10, 2018
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

On April 24, you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2018 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey. This survey is important for helping us understand the progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.

Since 2011, Gallup has conducted five engagement surveys at UCSF. Over the years, you and your managers have worked hard to develop and implement action plans across departments and units, which have resulted in a steady increase in overall staff engagement.

I am pleased to share a few highlights of our recent findings and progress. You can read more about the survey and activities across the university in Pulse of UCSF.

  • In comparison to Gallup’s nationwide benchmarks, UCSF’s strengths exist within the strong connections our staff feel to UCSF’s mission and within our shared commitment to doing quality work.
  • Following the 2015 survey, we prioritized opportunities for staff professional development, and these efforts were reflected as our greatest improvements in the 2017 survey.
  • Last year, we launched UCSF Recognize, an online platform to spotlight colleagues and thank them for their excellent work, further enhancing a culture of appreciation and engagement.
  • To build a unified and collaborative community at UCSF, the campus formally embraced the core PRIDE Values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence, already adopted within UCSF Medical Center.

In order to continue our collective progress, your participation in the 2018 Staff Engagement Survey is essential....

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December 12, 2017
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

The revelations of serious sexual misconduct across the nation over the last several months have underscored its devastating impact on individuals and organizations. These highly-publicized instances of workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault call on all institutions, including UCSF, to redouble their efforts to end abusive behaviors. We are committed to a UCSF community that is free from harassment and discrimination.

Consistent with our Principles of Community, we also are dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming environment where every person benefits from the highest principles of openness, integrity, and accountability. We encourage all those who feel they have experienced harassment to report it. They will be protected against retaliation via the Whistleblower Policy & Whistleblower Protection Policy.

We have been aggressively working to get to zero incidents at UCSF through mandatory education and training; enhanced required reporting; investigations that are fair for all parties; and appropriate sanctioning. However, there is still more work to be done.

We all must hold each other accountable for creating a climate that is free from discrimination, harassment, and assault. Everyone at UC — students, faculty, academic appointees, and staff — has a responsibility to know and comply with UC’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, our PRIDE values, and relevant state laws. Everyone...

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August 22, 2017
Administrative
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

The California State Auditor yesterday released its audit findings on the University of California (UC) contracting practices. The review was conducted at the request of the state legislature.

UC President Janet Napolitano has expressed appreciation for the auditor’s recommendations, which recognized the strengths of UC’s contracting practices while also identifying areas for improvement. UCSF supports President Napolitano’s position and is fully committed to working with her office towards continuous improvement and establishment of effective best practices.

The full report, which includes President Napolitano’s comments, can be read here https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-125.1.pdf.

The audit included a review of several UCSF service contracts, including a contract to outsource a portion of our IT services. The conclusion was that, overall, our contracts are substantially in compliance with UC policy and guidelines and followed UC’s collective bargaining agreements.

In regard to the IT contract, the audit report found that, per UC guidelines, we appropriately conducted a cost analysis “to justify the business and financial necessity” for the contracting decision, but that we did not provide a formal, written notification to the Office of the President (OP) justifying the outsourcing decision. The report noted that both UCSF and OP believed that an in-person presentation to OP by UCSF had met that particular guideline. Finally, the audit report found that all personnel policies had been satisfied.

In those limited instances where the audit found that a UCSF...

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August 10, 2017
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

This past spring, the television show 60 Minutes ran a story critical of the federal H-1B visa program, which allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The story referenced UCSF’s decision to contract out a portion of its IT services. 60 Minutes has notified us that it intends to air again the original story this Sunday, August 13, as part of its normal rerun schedule during the summer months.

As background, the decision to outsource a portion of our IT services was the result of a comprehensive, two-year review of all of our IT services and requirements. This change will help reduce rapidly rising IT costs and give us the ability to continue investing in increasingly sophisticated IT services and capabilities critical to our education, research, and patient care missions. UCSF is projected to save $30 million over five years as a result of the outsourcing.

UCSF retains 80 percent of its IT work in-house and continues to grow IT jobs, especially in specialty areas supporting research and clinical care.

The change also involved the layoff or termination of the employment of 49 career UCSF employees. All impacted career employees were given six months’ advance notice and were eligible for severance packages. We provided job placement assistance and helped employees find other employment opportunities at UCSF, other UC campuses, and outside organizations. Of the 49 affected career employees, more than 30 have secured other employment or chose to retire.

Among the workers impacted by this decision, some questioned our decision to ask them to train employees from HCL America, the firm...

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June 26, 2017
Administrative
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

The following is effective immediately throughout UCSF:

California state employees as well as employees of the University of California are prohibited from using state funds to travel to eight states that have enacted laws limiting the rights of LGBT people.

Last week, California’s Attorney General added four states to the travel ban – Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Texas. State employees were already prohibited from traveling on official business to the states of Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee under a law adopted by the State Legislature last year. The law, AB 1887, bars state-funded travel to states that allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The use of state funds to travel to these eight states is prohibited unless certain required circumstances apply. The ban does not affect travel that is paid for or reimbursed using non-state funds.

For specifics on the travel ban, please review this list of Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the UC Office of the President. If you have additional questions, please contact the UCSF Controller’s Office at (415) 476-2126 and [email protected].

Sincerely,

Paul Jenny
Senior Vice Chancellor
Finance and Administration

April 30, 2017
Administrative

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce our 2017 UCSF-wide Staff Engagement Survey results. In February, I urged you to participate, and seventy percent of staff responded.

We have achieved an overall UCSF grand mean of 3.93, based on a five-point scale. This is an improvement of .07 points from the 2015 score and marks significant improvement since the first Gallup survey at UCSF in 2011. The steady progress can be seen below:

Results of the Staff Survey Over Time

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April 9, 2017
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

At UCSF, our mission of advancing health worldwide guides us. To help us deliver on this promise, we need a strong communications foundation.

To that end, UCSF is conducting a survey of faculty and staff to better understand our current communications environment – what’s working well and where we can make improvements. Our goal is that you feel informed about UCSF and that our communications are as timely, targeted and transparent as possible.

You will receive the communications survey via email soon from [email protected], and we ask that you take a few minutes to complete it by Monday, April 24. The survey is completely confidential and your response will be anonymous. It should take about 15 minutes to complete.

We seek your candid feedback, and the more responses we receive, the more informed our actions will be to improve in this area. This effort is part of a new university initiative, Great People, Great Place, in which we aim to make UCSF a best place to work, learn, teach and discover.

Thank you in advance for your valuable perspective. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Gil Lorenzo, project manager for Great People, Great Place.

Sincerely,

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

March 2, 2017
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Bay Area media outlets have carried stories this week covering more than three years of reported violations of the Title IX Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy between January 1, 2013 and April 6, 2016 at the ten campuses of the University of California. Of the 113 cases that were included in this systemwide release of records, 26 cases occurred at UCSF. The release of these records is the result of several California Public Records Act requests made last spring by media outlets.

As a university dedicated to equity and inclusion, we strive each day to foster a climate and culture based on our PRIDE values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. This includes respect for consent with regard to sexual behavior.

Under the leadership of President Janet Napolitano, UC has recommitted to cultivating an environment in which all UC students, faculty, staff and trainees are free from harassment and discrimination and has implemented policies and procedures to drive much-needed change. I applaud and support this work.

I assure you that UCSF has taken actions to both raise awareness of sexual violence and sexual harassment as well as to protect and support every member of the UCSF community.

When a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment is filed, we commit to clarity, fairness and timeliness in our investigation. We also commit that remedies or disciplinary actions resulting from such investigations will be appropriate with respect to the seriousness of substantiated behavior.

At UCSF, we have several resources available:

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