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

November 25, 2020
Administrative
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I wrote to you last week with an important message about new UCSF travel policies and return-to-work guidance that were put in place to help keep us safe during the holidays as COVID-19 surges nationwide. Today, I’m following up with information about where and how to get tested for COVID-19 before you return to on-site activities if you traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Starting Monday, Nov. 30, UCSF will offer COVID-19 testing to employees and students who are resuming on-site activities after travel. Testing plays a central role in keeping our community safe during this pandemic, so please review this update carefully.

Asymptomatic after Travel

After reviewing the UCSF travel guidance, if you determine a COVID-19 test is advised in your situation and you are asymptomatic, please visit the UCSF COVID-19 testing page—available starting Nov. 30—to access a tool that will guide you through the process of obtaining a COVID-19 test.

Symptomatic after Travel (or return before Nov. 30)

If you return from travel before Nov. 30 or have symptoms, please contact UCSF Occupational Health Services for further guidance.

Though UCSF continues to strongly recommend against all non-essential personal travel, we recognize that some travel may be impossible to avoid. If you must travel,...

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November 23, 2020
Administrative
Community
People
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

After receiving feedback from the campuses, UC President Michael Drake today announced a program to help the UC system preserve jobs and avoid COVID-19-related layoffs where possible. The program offers the campuses the flexibility to use a combination of options, including furloughs and curtailment, to achieve this systemwide goal. 

Because of the steps UCSF has already taken to steward our resources this year, we do not need to implement furloughs or a UCSF-wide mandatory curtailment at this time.

Our hiring and salary freezes, value improvement measures, redeployments, and staffing level adjustments to reflect fewer in-person activities have allowed us to reduce the pandemic’s impact on UCSF employees. The sacrifices our community has made have helped ensure our ability to serve our patients and communities, and I am grateful for all of your work.

I thank President Drake for his compassionate leadership. Aligned with his direction, we will continue to look for ways to minimize the hardships on our workforce and provide support where we can, as we continue to monitor this unpredictable pandemic and its long-term impact.

One effort we are expanding is the UCSF COVID-19 Relief Program, which provides employees at lower compensation levels with grants that do not have to be repaid. More information will be available soon, and we will be taking steps to help ensure that all eligible employees are made aware of the program.

As we prepare for the holidays, I want to...

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November 19, 2020
Administrative
Community
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As the COVID-19 infection rate accelerates in California and across the country, Governor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Department of Public Health have issued public health advisories regarding holiday travel. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the UCSF community, frontline care workers, and patients, UCSF is issuing updated travel guidance aligned with our state and local public health officials.

If you are considering travel outside of the 9 Bay Area counties (and Fresno) over the holidays, including domestic and international, it is important that you understand UCSF’s updated travel policy, as it may impact your plans or ability to return to on-site work and activities.

UCSF continues to strongly recommend against all non-essential personal travel. We recognize that making a decision not to travel during the holiday season may be difficult for many. However, avoiding travel in the midst of an expanding pandemic will help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect you, your family, and friends.

If travel is unavoidable, please visit the updated UCSF travel policy for important guidance and steps you should take before returning to on-site work and activities after traveling. 

The updated travel policy addresses:

  1. Guidance for on-site...
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November 13, 2020
Administrative
Advocacy
Community
People

Dear UCSF Community,

We are pleased to share with you the initial report of the UCSF Safety Task Force, a chancellor-appointed task force charged with reviewing and refining UCSF’s practices around community safety.

During the past few months the task force developed nine recommendations for strengthening UCSF’s security and policing protocols, guided by the leadership of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dan Lowenstein and Vice Chancellor Renee Navarro. Their initial report includes improvements to current policies as well as new opportunities for ensuring a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for every UCSF community member and visitor.

Among the task force’s recommendations are proposals for increasing the use of evidence-backed de-escalation measures that can help defuse disruptive situations without police intervention. Another promising recommendation is to reimagine the recruitment, training, and role of our security guards. Increasing diversity within their ranks and enhancing their diversity, equity, and inclusion training will help us prevent racial profiling on our campus.

This initial report represents the first phase of an ongoing priority for UCSF. It is an important part of our Anti-racism Initiative. Next steps include a review of the task force’s recommendations by the Chancellor and his leadership team. In addition, the task force has been asked to continue its work and develop an implementation plan for the recommendations that will be adopted once approved.

As the next phase of work gets under way, we invite you to read the...

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