Campus Messages

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

October 14, 2019

Dear Colleagues:

With the San Francisco November election approaching and the 2020 primary around the corner, I’m writing to remind our UCSF community about civic engagement on campus and the legal restrictions regarding University of California (UC) involvement in political activities.

San Francisco voters will decide on key issues on November 5, as well as the Mayor and other City positions that have a direct influence on our lives. Voting gives you the opportunity to decide who will represent your interests and what issues are important to you. Remember to update your voter registration by October 21 and join UCSF Votes events around campus to learn more about what's on the ballot and upcoming election deadlines.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, UC is subject to laws that apply to public entities. This means that UC and its employees (when acting in their University roles or with UC resources) may not support or oppose candidates for public office or measures on the ballot, or use UC resources (such as UC email, letterhead, or campus facilities) for campaign purposes. I encourage you to review University advocacy guidelines.

Members of our University community may participate in the political process using personal resources, on personal time, and without any inference of University endorsement. When taking a personal position, you may use your title for identification purposes but must offer a disclaimer to clarify you are advocating in an unofficial capacity, such as title for identification purposes only.

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October 7, 2019

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce the release of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP), which outlines a bold vision for revitalizing our oldest and largest UCSF campus and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of its surrounding neighborhoods.

The CPHP envisions a Parnassus Heights campus that can serve our current and future needs for supporting the world-class research, education, and care delivery taking place there every day. New and renovated facilities will provide greater flexibility to adapt to future advances in learning, discovery, and healing. The plan also calls for increasing campus spaces that foster interaction and convergence between our mission areas of research, education, and care delivery. Importantly, the plan embraces smart urban planning strategies to meet the evolving needs of the city, community, and University by expanding on-campus housing, easing traffic congestion, leading in sustainability, and providing welcoming spaces for our faculty, staff, and learners, as well as patients, neighbors, and visitors.

This plan marks a significant milestone in our efforts, which began in 2017 when I asked Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Jenny to lead a strategic site planning process for the Parnassus Heights campus to complement plans for the new hospital. The result is a roadmap for the future that reflects input from hundreds of stakeholders both inside and outside of the University. I am extremely grateful to everyone – from faculty and staff to neighbors and community groups – who shared their time and perspectives to bring us to this exciting point.


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