Campus Messages

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

April 7, 2020
UC System

Dear UCSF colleagues,

The uncertainty created by this pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of our lives. And as our entire UCSF community rallies to stop the spread of COVID-19, I want you to know we are making decisions based on our commitment to our patients and also to our staff, faculty, learners, researchers, and care providers.

To be sure, we will not understand the full scale of the pandemic’s impact on our societies for some time. Therefore, we must take prudent steps now to ensure our ability to lead through, and emerge from, this public health crisis.

This is why we are working closely with the UC Office of the President on policies that provide stability, such as the extended leave program and the commitment that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020.

Focusing UCSF Health’s efforts on the management of COVID-19 patients, and deferring and curtailing numerous UCSF research and educational programs, were the right decisions to make. However, the cumulative impact of these actions has created unprecedented financial challenges.

Because UCSF is largely a self-supporting campus, we have to make additional difficult decisions. Consequently, effective April 7, 2020, through June 30, 2021, UCSF will implement a hiring freeze on all open and new positions—staff and academic—across the campus and in UCSF Health.

During this period, we will consider exceptions, with a focus on positions that are essential to supporting our mission and operations through this crisis. The Deans, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Senior Vice Chancellor, UCSF Health President and CEO, and I, along with our...

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April 3, 2020
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

This public health crisis has taken a significant toll on everyone’s lives, including the financial hardships it has created for many. In the face of the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19, we are doing what we can to support our UC community and provide stability during these uncertain times.

I, along with all the chancellors across the University of California system, joined UC President Janet Napolitano in signing a letter ensuring that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs for career employees through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020. You can read the entire message online.

Each campus is working with the UC Office of the President (UCOP) to confirm the details of how this will be implemented. Details are forthcoming.

In the meantime, I hope you are taking care of yourselves and looking after one another. You all have my gratitude for your commitment to fulfilling UCSF’s public health mission, especially during this extraordinary time.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

April 2, 2020

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

After careful consideration and in consultation with the Office of the President, UCSF leadership has determined that the implementation of UCPath is essential and we will be proceeding with our June 1, 2020 launch. UCPath replaces our antiquated payroll and personnel system with modern technology that can accommodate future growth and changes to our organization. UCSF is one of only three locations systemwide that have not yet converted to UCPath.

The COVID-19 crisis brings ongoing challenges to our entire organization. UCPath implementation and training plans have been modified to meet the requirements of our new reality and to minimize impacts to our frontline care providers.

  • For most employees, a few preparatory actions are recommended but none are required unless you need to make changes in At Your Service Online (AYSO). Changes to personal information, direct deposit, and withholding must be made in AYSO by April 23.
  • Managers and supervisors should review the cutover schedule for changes to human resources and payroll deadlines through June 1.
  • Some campus employees will be entering or approving actions directly in UCPath. These campus employees (not applicable to UCSF Health employees) will be notified about their training requirements and should begin their online training.

Action checklists are available to guide you through the steps you can take to...

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