Campus Messages

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

July 15, 2021
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to share important changes to our policies, including masking and quarantine requirements, and to notify you about the new UC systemwide vaccination requirement. Please take a moment to review these critical updates.

Despite overall progress, UCSF has seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads, posing a growing threat especially to the unvaccinated. The good news is that COVID-19 vaccines are proving to be very effective in preventing serious illness and death. The majority of breakthrough infections among the vaccinated is resulting in mild symptoms that rarely require hospitalization.

As you may know, the Delta variant is much more contagious than other variants and is leading to more infections, including among the vaccinated. Approximately 89% of the UCSF community has been vaccinated and we, therefore, expect to see some breakthrough cases given our large population of vaccinated persons and how easily the Delta variant spreads.

With the increase in COVID-19 infections, it is critically important that you get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family, colleagues, and our patients. In addition, as health leaders of the communities in which we live and work, we have the special responsibility to practice sound COVID-19 hygiene as we serve all those who rely on us.

New UCSF Policy Changes

Effective immediately, UCSF is making the following policy changes:

  • Everyone – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a mask or face covering at all indoor locations at UCSF (except while eating and drinking) and while riding in campus shuttles or standing in line for shuttles.
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July 6, 2021
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to share a brief summary of results of the 2021 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey conducted in May. Thank you to all of the staff who voiced your opinions. This survey is important because it helps us understand your experiences at work and our progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work.

We achieved 67% participation, compared to 72% participation in 2019, across the UCSF campus, including UCSF Fresno, UCSF Health West Bay, and Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Our grand mean score, on a five-point scale, decreased slightly by .01 to 3.92 in 2021, compared to the .01 increase between the 2018 and 2019 surveys.

In some ways, this year’s survey is even more important than in years past, since the COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges and prevented us from conducting the 2020 survey. The 2021 results reveal where we need to continue our efforts. The gap between populations of employees who are more or less engaged remains significant and a key area of focus across UCSF.

Although the last 18 months have been difficult, especially when also considering the national reckoning on race, our engagement results held strong and are a testament to our UCSF community. Staff remain steadfast in their strong connection to the UCSF mission and their dedication to quality work. Additionally, as in years past, teams that used survey results to engage in conversations, planning, and addressing areas of weakness showed strong improvement in engagement and higher overall satisfaction.

Highly engaged staff correlate to positive improvements in all areas of an organization. We are making progress and know...

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