Campus Messages

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

July 10, 2014
UC System

Dear UC San Francisco Community:

Earlier this year, Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and called on Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. While UC San Francisco (UCSF) recognizes the severity of the situation, we already have taken actions that resulted in an actual reduction in our water use from 1990 to 2013, even as square footage increased by 74.7 percent over that period.

Despite this commendable record, more is needed. I am writing today to inform you of the measures the campus is adopting as well as describe the individual actions you also can take to address the current crisis.

Current campus water-saving measures

In January, President Janet Napolitano issued her goal to have individual campuses and the system as a whole reduce consumption of potable water by 20 percent by 2020. UCSF committed to six strategic actions and has just completed its first Water Action Plan that outlines actions toward achieving this objective. These strategies include infrastructure and large equipment upgrades and retrofits. More information about the action items is available at Office of Sustainability–LivingGreen.

However, as stated, the Governor asks the state to reduce water consumption by 20 percent this year. We only can accomplish this through your immediate help in reducing our daily water usage.

How you can HELP:

Join your colleagues across the campus community in saving water in several ways:

· Workers and lab managers should have their labs and offices Living Green Certified as soon as possible to focus on water and energy saving strategies. Whenever possible, use less deionized, distilled or reverse-...

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May 27, 2014

Dear UCSF Community:

The tragic events that took place the night of May 23 in Isla Vista have had a severe and direct impact on the UC Santa Barbara community, as well as on the family and friends of the victims. We want to acknowledge that members of the UCSF community also are feeling a sense of grief, bewilderment and loss.

The students of UCSF have initiated a solidarity vigil for all UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees. The vigil will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28, at 6 p.m., on Parnassus in Saunders Court.

Please also know that counseling services are available to faculty, staff and trainees through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program, and, for students, through Student Health & Counseling.

In addition, we have strengthened our ability to warn faculty, staff, students, trainees and affiliates using the WarnMe mass notification system. If an imminent threat to life and safety were to occur, the UCSF police would activate the WarnMe system and members of the community would be alerted on their individual cell phone and other registered phone numbers. If you haven’t registered with WarnMe, I encourage you to take a few minutes and sign up.

Our faculty, staff, students and trainees constitute a large UC family, and this loss saddens and touches all of us.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Interim Chancellor
Dean, School of Medicine

December 16, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

Over the last few days, we have learned more fully the extent of the devastation caused by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. UCSF extends our condolences to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, especially to those who are grieving the loss of their children, friends, teachers, school administrators, and neighbors.

An incident like this could raise concerns about our own community and preparedness at UCSF. I want to assure you that the UCSF Police Department continues to enhance the equipment, training, and exercises for our police officers to respond to threats, including an active-shooter incident. For example, we are installing warning devices in classrooms and high-traffic campus locations.

We also have strengthened our ability to warn affiliates, faculty, postdocs, staff, students, and trainees, using the WarnMe mass notification system. If an imminent threat to life and safety were to occur, the UCSF police would activate the WarnMe system and alert members of the UCSF community on their individual cell phone and other registered phone numbers.

I encourage every one of us to take a few minutes right now to register with the WarnMe system if you have not done so already.

For more information about how we are preparing for emergencies, please visit the UCSF Police Department website at

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March 14, 2011

Dear Colleagues:

Like many of you, I was greatly saddened to hear the news of the earthquake that struck Japan’s coast, triggering a tsunami that devastated northern parts of the country and put a related warning in effect for much of the Pacific. The subsequent nuclear power plant explosions have compounded this crisis, making it the worst natural disaster the country has seen in its recorded history.

November 28, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great sadness I write to you about an accident that occurred yesterday involving one of our campus shuttle buses, at the corner of Geary Boulevard and Leavenworth Street, which resulted in the death of a 65-year-old pedestrian. UCSF is cooperating fully with the San Francisco Police Department in the investigation of this tragedy.

April 13, 2010
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

In response to a desire by faculty, staff and students on all ten UC campuses to find ways that our university can support the rebuilding of Haiti¸ a group of UC students has taken the initiative to organize a “UC Haiti” Summit.  As a UC system, we have much talent and expertise in many different fields needed to assist the Haitian people in the long process of rebuilding their earthquake-devastated country.  We are pleased to support our student’s efforts in coordinating this one-day Summit.