Campus Messages

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

August 24, 2021

Dear UCSF Community,

The California Gubernatorial Recall Election on September 14, 2021 is fast approaching. All registered California voters were mailed ballots in mid-August. If you did not receive your ballot, please check that your voter registration is accurate by August 30.

At UCSF, we are committed to encouraging civic participation throughout our campus and community. For more information about the upcoming election, please visit the California Secretary of State’s website. You can vote early and track your ballot here. Please check with your County’s Department of Elections for in-person voting options and COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing.

As a reminder, UCSF legally must remain nonpartisan, and UCSF employees cannot support or oppose candidates within their University roles or with UCSF resources. However, you may participate in campaign activities on your own time, with your own resources, and without any inference of University endorsement. You can watch this short video for more information about UCSF advocacy guidelines and connect with my office with any questions.

You can make a difference in our democratic process by encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to have a plan to exercise their right and responsibility to vote.


Francesca Vega
Vice Chancellor
UCSF Office of Community & Government Relations...

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August 20, 2021

Dear UCSF Community,

As we monitor the evolving course of the pandemic, I have decided to extend the date of returning to on-site work, for those who have been working remotely, to March 1, 2022.

Our COVID-19 response team is continually assessing data about the pandemic and its impact on our community. Based on its guidance, I have determined that limiting the number of people on site to those whose work is performed on campus and in our facilities is the right course of action under current circumstances.

Remaining Flexible

This extension will help us reduce the impact of a potential winter COVID-19 surge and prepare for a cold and flu season that may be worse than last year due to greater social interaction. Cold and flu symptoms often resemble COVID-19, and this will strain our ability to meet the COVID-19 testing and contact tracing needs of our on-site workforce and patients.

It is important that we remain flexible in managing the pandemic, not only in patient care but also in our education and research activities. As new developments occur, we may revisit the extension. It is likely that some of our employees who are currently working remotely may be asked to return to on-site work in the months ahead to accomplish duties and responsibilities that cannot be performed remotely. We will keep you posted as we monitor the upcoming cold and flu season, school re-opening schedules, and possible COVID-19 vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds and booster shots for adults.

Get Vaccinated

In the meantime, remember that most COVID-19 infections are occurring in the community. Getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and practicing good hygiene will help...

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August 19, 2021

Dear UCSF Community,

This past week has brought heartrending news from around the world. The tragedies unfolding in Afghanistan and Haiti have been difficult to witness, let alone fully understand. In addition, our sadness is amplified by the expanding wildfires across North America and another pandemic surge that is, once again, testing the limits of our valued care providers and frontline staff.

These crises touch all of us in one way or another, and I want you to know that you are not alone. Many of us also have families and friends who have been directly affected by these events. I realize that the scope of suffering we are seeing can be overwhelming. If you could benefit from the well-being and mental health resources below, I encourage you to make use of them.

Some of you have been exploring ways to support the relief efforts in Afghanistan, Haiti, and the communities impacted by the wildfires. In case it’s helpful, here are a few options you might consider:

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August 3, 2021
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to provide you an update that the deadline for complying with the new UC-wide COVID-19 vaccination policy is Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. As required by the new policy issued by the UC office of the President, anyone coming onsite to any UCSF campus must be vaccinated or submit a request and get approval for an exception or deferral.

As you are aware, we are experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases in our community and at UCSF as the highly contagious Delta variant rapidly spreads in the Bay Area. We strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated, including those who work remotely. Vaccination against the virus that causes COVID-19 is very effective in preventing serious illness and death.

Please take the time to carefully read this message. It provides instructions on actions you must take, including:

  1. Who must comply with the policy
  2. What you are required to do
  3. How to request a vaccination exception or deferral
  4. What you need to do if your request is approved
  5. What happens if you don’t comply with the policy
  6. Where to get more information
  1. Who must comply with the policy
  • All faculty, staff, students, trainees, contractors, vendors and volunteers, as well as newly hired employees, who come to work or study on a UCSF campus, must comply with this vaccination policy.
  • Non-UCSF employees will be required to work with their employers to submit proof of vaccination or an approved exception to UCSF.
  • All new UCSF...
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