Campus Messages

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

August 21, 2019
UCSF Health

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...
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August 13, 2019

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized a new rule that would change “public charge” policies, expanding the conditions under which DHS could reject green cards for those who are deemed likely to become dependent on government aid, including public health and nutritional benefits. This move is antithetical to UCSF’s values of health equality and dignity of all people.

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement yesterday, saying this new rule “sends a detrimental message internationally — that the United States does not want other countries to send their best and brightest here to study and add to the intellectual exchange at our universities, to conduct important research, and to contribute substantially to our economy, among other things.” Read her full statement.

On behalf of the leadership at UCSF, I want to echo President Napolitano’s concerns about the chilling...

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August 5, 2019

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Just one week ago, we expressed our heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Gilroy shooting and their families. We now convey our deepest sympathies to the families and communities whose lives and sense of security have been forever shattered by two more mass shootings within less than 24 hours this past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

We are dismayed that gun violence has escalated as a public health epidemic and has sadly become an all-too-frequent reality. We will not become ambivalent or complacent to this senseless loss of life.

We may feel helpless, but we should not be hopeless or voiceless. Please remember that UCSF offers support services during these troubled times:

In addition, the...

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