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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.

June 24, 2022
Advocacy
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that for nearly 50 years has protected the constitutional right to choose an abortion. We are profoundly disappointed over the devastating impact that this decision will have on people’s control over their own bodies and lives.

This verdict will criminalize abortion in many states, reduce access to reproductive health care, and put lives at risk. As expressed by University of California President Michael Drake, today’s decision stands in stark contrast to our belief that every person has a fundamental right to make their own informed decisions about their health care.

In light of today’s ruling UCSF’s work in reproductive health care has never been more important. We are proud of, and support, the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences’ leadership in these efforts. We remain firmly committed to serving all those who seek our care. We pledge to teach and train the next generation of health care providers, and conduct research that saves and improves lives.

We also will continue to advocate for equitable health care policies, including a focus on underserved communities. This is an unprecedented rollback of a constitutional right that people have relied on for decades, and will make accessing essential, evidence-based care immensely challenging for millions of people. This decision will fall hardest on people who already face structural barriers to care, including Black, Indigenous, and other people of color,...

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April 21, 2022
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I am pleased to share with you that today UC President Michael Drake and I will welcome U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and other leaders to our Mission Bay campus, where she will address Black maternal health with the goal of finding solutions to persistent health inequities.

Vice President Harris will meet with families and health practitioners who are part of UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences’ EMBRACE, an innovative care program that helps Black families get the perinatal care they need for healthy pregnancies and births.

You are invited to watch Vice President Harris address the disparities in Black maternal health during a news conference to be presented live via the White House livestream at 2:30 p.m. (PT).

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

December 22, 2021
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

Just last week, I wrote to you about the rapid spread of Omicron, which is becoming the dominant COVID-19 virus in the U.S.  I write today to update you on new policy changes as we work as health care leaders to protect our patients, families, and each other. 

Effective immediately, UCSF staff, faculty, and learners must follow these updated policies:

Booster vaccinations are now required by January 31 (deadline extended)

All eligible UCSF staff, faculty, and learners are required to receive a booster vaccination by January 31, 2022.

  • To learn about scheduling a booster shot appointment, providing proof of vaccination from a non-UCSF provider, and other information, visit the Vaccine Information Hub.
  • The UCSF deadline has been extended to align with a recent update to UC policy.

COVID-19 testing in January for on-site workers and learners

To respond to the potential impact of the holiday season, we strongly encourage testing for everyone returning to on-site work in January and for travelers.  The enhanced testing protocol below will be in place for the first half of...

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December 15, 2021
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

As the Omicron variant rapidly spreads across the globe, UCSF is kicking off a campaign to get every UCSF care provider, staff, faculty, and learner inoculated with a booster shot by January 15, 2022. Our goal is to get at least 98 percent of the UCSF community vaccinated with a booster, the same impressive level we achieved with the COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Omicron variant has more than 50 mutations that make it more transmissible than previous variants, dramatically reducing the effectiveness of the initial round of vaccines. However, recent research indicates that a booster shot significantly raises the level of protection in those who have been fully vaccinated.

Throughout the pandemic, UCSF has served as a beacon of leadership and hope for our families and communities, and I hope you have felt as proud of our public mission as I have. As we face this new COVID-19 variant, I urge you to lead by example once again and help us reach our booster vaccination goal. In so doing, you will not only reflect the best of our PRIDE Values but also help to protect yourselves, your family and friends, and our shared communities.

UCSF offers COVID-19 booster shots at various locations, including a few upcoming appointments reserved for UCSF employees. To learn more about booster shots at UCSF or elsewhere, please visit the coronavirus website. If you get a booster shot at a location outside UCSF,...

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October 20, 2021
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

I write to remind you that UCSF strongly encourages and expects everyone to get vaccinated against influenza to protect the health of our patients and communities.

Both the San Francisco and Alameda Departments of Public Health require all health care workers to receive the annual influenza vaccine by Oct. 31, 2021.

In addition, the University of California’s 2021-2022 flu vaccination executive order issued on October 8, 2021, requires all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to get a flu shot or opt out by completing a form after getting information about flu vaccine no later than Nov. 19, 2021.

Now is the time to get your flu vaccine at UCSF, at a local pharmacy or by your health care provider. Beginning Oct. 25, 2021, UCSF Occupational Health Services (OHS) is extending its drop-in flu shot clinics at Parnassus Heights and Mission Bay campuses. At UCSF Fresno, free flu shots are available at the COVID-19 Equity Project at 550 E. Shaw Ave. in Fresno. Faculty and trainees at UCSF Fresno who work at Community Medical Centers (CMC) may also get flu shots at CMC’s vaccine clinics. More options for getting a flu shot through...

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August 3, 2021
Administrative
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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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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June 18, 2021
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, President Joe Biden yesterday established Juneteenth as a federal holiday. We are pleased to share the news that this morning UC President Michael Drake added this day to the University of California’s calendar of holidays. This year all UC campuses will observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 28. In 2022 and thereafter the University will celebrate the holiday according to the federal calendar.

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas finally learned that they were free from enslavement, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation became law. As we wrote yesterday, UCSF is heartened to see this historic event recognized nationally.

The speed with which this legislation was introduced, approved by Congress, and signed into law has been gratifying. We are working quickly to implement the new UC holiday, with a focus on ensuring that all those who rely on us, including our patients, are served without interruption.

We hope you take the time to celebrate – and also to reflect on how the inequities of the past extend into the present. We know that there is more work to be done to create a campus and health system free of bias and discrimination. However, we also know that we will achieve this if we commit ourselves fully and continue to work together.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

J. Renée Navarro, PharmD...

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June 4, 2021
Community
People
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

The UC Office of the President has issued a draft Presidential Campus Safety Plan for transforming UC’s culture, policies, and practices so that all members of the UC community feel equally welcomed, respected, and protected from harm. UC President Michael V. Drake has asked each campus to collect and share feedback, which he will consider before issuing a UC-wide plan this summer.

We invite you to review the draft plan (see attached pdf) and provide comments via the following survey link, which will be available until June 30:  https://ucsf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d6YPSi3v1dDnlZk.

As background, the UC Office of the President developed the draft plan with extensive input from diverse groups of UC stakeholders, including Campus Safety Task Force members, participants in the campus safety symposia held earlier this spring, and numerous conversations with students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

You may recall that Chancellor Sam Hawgood appointed our own UCSF Safety Task Force last year to develop recommendations for refining UCSF’s practices around community safety. To read the Task Force’s initial report, click on the Chancellor’s message from November 13, 2020:  https://chancellor.ucsf.edu...

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April 6, 2021
Administrative
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

I am writing to share a set of FAQs from the UC Office of the President regarding the system-wide data breach that the University of California reported last week.

I strongly encourage you to review the following resources to learn about the steps you should take to help protect yourself. This includes enrolling in the free credit monitoring and identity theft protection offered by UCOP in its April 2 update.

FAQs on the UC system-wide data breach
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/04/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-accellion-data-breach.html

UC Office of the President: April 2 update, including free credit monitoring and identity theft protection
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/04/update-on-accellion-breach-and-what-you-should-do.html

If you have questions about the data breach, the UC Office of the President asks that you send them to a special email address that has been created for this incident: [email protected].

I want to underscore the seriousness of this cybersecurity attack, which has affected many companies and universities across the country, and encourage you to stay...

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