Campus Messages

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

October 25, 2019

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce that Brian Smith has accepted the appointment of UCSF Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (CECO) and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor – Research (SAVCR).

Brian has been at the helm of the Office of Ethics and Compliance in an interim capacity since 2017 while also serving as Associate Vice Chancellor – Research. As CECO, Brian will continue to report directly to me, as well as to Alexander Bustamante, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance and Audit Officer in the Office of the President. As SAVCR, he will continue to report directly to Vice Chancellor – Research Lindsey Criswell.

The CECO is a critical role for UCSF, providing direction and oversight for the UCSF Ethics and Compliance Program. In this capacity, Brian is responsible for overseeing and implementing key compliance programs that ensure that UCSF fulfills its missions of high-quality research, clinical care, and teaching while preventing fraud, abuse, and waste. He will continue to reach out to leaders across UCSF to assess needs, risks, and issues toward developing sustainable and strategic solutions associated with the challenging and complex nature of regulatory compliance.

As SAVCR, Brian is responsible for management and oversight of multiple infrastructure components of the research enterprise, and he also collaborates closely with faculty leaders and UCSF Health. The SAVCR oversees the operation of the following research support services units: Environment, Health and Safety; Human Research Protection Program; Institutional Animal Care and Use Program; and Laboratory Animal Resource Center.

The CECO and SAVCR is a key leader who...

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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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