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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