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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.

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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April 2, 2021
Administrative
UC System

To the entire UCSF Community:

I am writing to share an important update from the UC Office of the President regarding a cybersecurity breach. The UCOP IT security team informed the campuses that it had recently identified and contained a cybersecurity attack that resulted in stolen information. At this time, UCOP believes that the stolen information includes but is not limited to names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and bank account information belonging to members of the UC community.

Please read the message from the UC Office of the President below—and take the protective actions UCOP recommends, including signing up for free credit monitoring and identity theft protection: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/2021/04/update-on-accellion-breach-and-what-you-should-do.html

In addition, we believe the person(s) behind this attack are sending threatening mass emails to members of the UC community in an attempt to extort money. Anyone receiving this kind of message should report the suspicious email using the “Phish Alarm” tool. For information on how to do this, visit https://it.ucsf.edu/service/phish-alarm. If you need assistance in reporting suspicious email, please contact the UCSF IT Service Desk at 415-514-4100.

UCOP is working to determine what UCSF information may have been compromised. The investigation is ongoing and UCOP is working to confirm more information in the coming weeks. When more details are available, we will share those with you...

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March 8, 2021
Administrative
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) issued the Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation Interim Policy on July 24, 2020 to clarify the process by which all UC campuses will implement the Federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and California NAGPRA (CalNAGPRA). NAGPRA protects Native American graves and requires repatriation of Native American human remains and certain cultural items. Repatriation is the process of returning Native American ancestral human remains and certain cultural items to their indigenous communities. UCSF is fully committed to the goal of repatriation as well as implementation of this policy and relevant laws. The Interim Policy substantially revised the previous policy to promote the repatriation of Native American human remains and cultural items, and to increase accountability and transparency across all UC campuses.

I write to raise awareness of new policy requirements, affirm the University’s commitment to the guiding principles and procedures, provide mechanisms to report if you believe you or others may hold Native American or Native Hawaiian human remains or cultural items, and enlist your assistance ensuring full compliance with this important human rights policy. In particular, I want to draw your attention to the following significant elements of the new policy, which:

  • Articulates principles that the repatriation...
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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 4, 2020
Advocacy
Community
UC System

Dear UCSF Community,

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, roughly two-thirds of eligible voters participated in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the most in 120 years. But what has followed is a contested election with narrow margins separating the candidates that reflect deep divisions in our society.

Voters in California were presented with a number of important ballot initiatives as well, including Proposition 16. I invite you to read President Drake’s letter to the UC community on his commitment to keep fighting for the expansion of “underrepresented groups’ access to a UC education” despite the failure of the initiative. To learn more about the national and state elections, join me at the Town Hall this Friday when we will spend a portion of our time on this week’s political developments.

The final results of the presidential contest may not be known for some time. The days ahead may prove to be challenging as the nation seeks closure to a highly charged election. I urge you to embrace our PRIDE Values and shared purpose at UCSF, even as you may encounter viewpoints that differ from your own. And I encourage all of us to do what we have done exceptionally well this past year, what we always do: serve our public mission in education, research, and care delivery without favor or bias. This responsibility could not be more important at a time of heightened partisanship....

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October 2, 2020
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

With the first flu patient admissions already underway in our medical center, we want to draw your attention to an important and looming deadline.

As you are aware, UC President Michael Drake, MD, has strongly encouraged universal flu vaccines for the entire UC community by Oct. 31, 2020, and is requiring all students, faculty and staff living, learning or working on any UC site to have a flu vaccine effective Nov. 1, unless they have an approved medical exemption, or disability or religious accommodation.*

We ask for your support to help keep our frontline care providers and all other faculty, staff, learners and patients healthy this fall. So far, more than 60% of our UCSF Health employees have received their influenza vaccines, along with 35% of our Campus employees. During the next few weeks, we will need to vaccinate 19,000 additional members of the UCSF community.

There are numerous options available for you to get your vaccine, including on-site flu clinics, Occupational Health clinics, your primary care provider and most pharmacies. Please visit the Occupational Health Services web site for a full list of on-site clinic locations and dates, as well as additional free options for members of UC health plans. For additional guidance, including how to submit outside documentation and a manager’s toolkit, please visit the...

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