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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.

April 26, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We have received notice from several unions that they will strike or participate in a sympathy strike at UCSF and across the University of California (UC) system beginning the week of May 7, ending May 10, 2018. Please read below for more details.

We value our employees and respect their rights to representation and freedom of speech; that said, striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care. Every day, our patients entrust their lives to us, and in turn, we are responsible for ensuring that they receive the highest quality care in a safe and secure environment.

At all times, our top priorities are ensuring the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients and visitors.

We hope for an amicable resolution to the ongoing labor negotiations that have been underway for the past year with six unions. The UC Office of the President is conducting negotiations on behalf of the entire UC system, which is committed to reaching a negotiated agreement on compensation and benefits with all unions.

We have created a contingency plan to support our ongoing work and to minimize the strike’s impact. Even so, we expect disruptions to various services across the campus, particularly at UCSF Health, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the UCSF Dental Center.

More information about operational impacts and important bargaining updates will be posted at the In the Know website next week.

This strike will be challenging for all...

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August 22, 2017
Administrative
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

The California State Auditor yesterday released its audit findings on the University of California (UC) contracting practices. The review was conducted at the request of the state legislature.

UC President Janet Napolitano has expressed appreciation for the auditor’s recommendations, which recognized the strengths of UC’s contracting practices while also identifying areas for improvement. UCSF supports President Napolitano’s position and is fully committed to working with her office towards continuous improvement and establishment of effective best practices.

The full report, which includes President Napolitano’s comments, can be read here https://www.auditor.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-125.1.pdf.

The audit included a review of several UCSF service contracts, including a contract to outsource a portion of our IT services. The conclusion was that, overall, our contracts are substantially in compliance with UC policy and guidelines and followed UC’s collective bargaining agreements.

In regard to the IT contract, the audit report found that, per UC guidelines, we appropriately conducted a cost analysis “to justify the business and financial necessity” for the contracting decision, but that we did not provide a formal, written notification to the Office of the President (OP) justifying the outsourcing decision. The report noted that both UCSF and OP believed that an in-person presentation to OP by UCSF had met that particular guideline. Finally, the audit report found that all personnel policies had been satisfied.

In those limited instances where the audit found that a UCSF...

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June 26, 2017
Administrative
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

The following is effective immediately throughout UCSF:

California state employees as well as employees of the University of California are prohibited from using state funds to travel to eight states that have enacted laws limiting the rights of LGBT people.

Last week, California’s Attorney General added four states to the travel ban – Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, and Texas. State employees were already prohibited from traveling on official business to the states of Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee under a law adopted by the State Legislature last year. The law, AB 1887, bars state-funded travel to states that allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The use of state funds to travel to these eight states is prohibited unless certain required circumstances apply. The ban does not affect travel that is paid for or reimbursed using non-state funds.

For specifics on the travel ban, please review this list of Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the UC Office of the President. If you have additional questions, please contact the UCSF Controller’s Office at (415) 476-2126 and [email protected].

Sincerely,

Paul Jenny
Senior Vice Chancellor
Finance and Administration

March 16, 2017
Advocacy
Partnerships
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

The severe budget cuts to federal funding for scientific research proposed by the new administration, particularly a 19 percent reduction in support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are deeply concerning. UCSF is fortunate to have been a top recipient of NIH funds for many years and, as a public institution, it has been our privilege to fulfill our pact with taxpayers by conducting research that has improved the health of all Americans.

Be assured that our leadership team continues to work, in concert with the UC Office of the President, to stay apprised of federal actions and issues that have a significant impact on our university. We are strongly committed to keeping UCSF community members informed and taking appropriate actions to address these concerns and defend the values that are core to the University of California.

UCSF is advocating in our nation’s capital. Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy Keith Yamamoto is in Washington, DC working with Associate Director Natalie Alpert, our federal government relations lead, to actively represent UCSF. We remain aligned and in partnership with others who share our deep concerns, including our peer academic research institutions and national organizations such as the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). It is by working with our peers and colleagues that we can truly represent the breadth of support that exists for maintaining what has been consistent and long-standing bipartisan backing for the federal funding of biomedical research.

Related to these advocacy efforts, I want to acknowledge that many in our community have asked about UCSF participation...

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January 30, 2017
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to provide another update on President Trump’s executive order on immigration and its impact on our community. Since the announcement of the executive order last Friday, my leadership team has been working continuously to gain clarity on the concrete implications of the policy as well as to provide answers to the many questions and concerns that this action has raised among members of the UCSF community.

First, I want to state unambiguously that the President’s recent action temporarily barring immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program is antithetical to our core values. We at UCSF are committed to attaining a culture in which every individual is treated respectfully and fairly regardless of her or his religion or national origin, and we hold dear the very principles on which this country was founded: freedom and the opportunity for all members of society to achieve their dreams. It also is important to emphasize that the mission of UCSF is to advance health worldwide. While we make our home in the Bay Area, UCSF is a global community that thrives on the interaction between faculty, students, trainees and staff from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. At our core, we believe deeply in the free flow of information and knowledge that comes from global engagement.

We have looked carefully at who among our community might be affected by the executive order, and I am at least somewhat relieved to know that, as far as we can tell, no one from UCSF is currently at risk of being denied re-entry to the U.S. or being deported. However, the ban already is having a...

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January 28, 2017
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

Please see the message below from President Janet Napolitano, myself and the other Chancellors of the University of California regarding the executive order on border security and immigration. We are sharing this with the UCSF community on behalf of President Napolitano. Our statement also is available online.

Sincerely,

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

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President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (January 29) issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.

While maintaining the security of the nation's visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.

We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.

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January 27, 2017
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I write to inform you that UCSF leadership is actively engaged with the UC Office of the President to comprehend the implications of President Trump’s executive order on immigration and determine all options available to protect the well-being of every member of our community. I also want to immediately distribute to you the following communication that we received this morning from the Office of UC President Janet Napolitano.


Guidance for the UC Community on the Executive Order Affecting Visa Processes and Entry into the United States

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for individuals from seven countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Based on news reports, individuals with immigrant and non-immigrant visas and those with green cards who are originally from these countries are being denied entry into the United States. We continue to analyze the executive order and its impact on our students, faculty, scholars, employees, and other community members. At this time, we recommend that UC community members from these seven countries who hold a visa to enter the United States or who are lawful permanent residents do not travel outside of the United States.

We will continue to monitor and analyze the impact of the executive order and will issue additional guidance as soon as possible. Until then, if you are a visa holder or green card holder from one of these countries that is currently abroad, or you have any questions, please contact the International Studies Office on your campus.

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November 8, 2016
Advocacy
UC System

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the message below from President Janet Napolitano, myself and the other Chancellors of the University of California regarding the Presidential election results. We are sharing this with the UCSF community on behalf of President Napolitano.

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

President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (November 9) issued the following statement:

In light of yesterday's election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of the University of California community. The University of California is proud of being a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Diversity is central to our mission. We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance. As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.” The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the University to do so as well.

We are proud of what the University of California stands for and hope to convey that positive message to others in our state and nation.

President Janet Napolitano
University of California

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California, Berkeley

Interim...

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March 14, 2016
Administrative
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

I recently wrote with an important update regarding University policies and procedures pertaining to sexual violence and sexual harassment. As part of the University’s efforts to improve its prevention and response to sexual violence and sexual harassment, we are rolling out a comprehensive sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention training program for all UC faculty and staff. Each member of the University community has a responsibility to make our campuses free from sexual violence and sexual harassment. This training program will better prepare all of us to fulfill this obligation and learn about our role in these efforts.

To this end, starting immediately, all employees on payroll with active status as well as UCSF affiliates, regardless of previous training taken, will be required to complete training on sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention and response. Faculty and supervisors—who have been required to take such training for several years—will see new, updated content in their training and will maintain their current training schedule. Non-supervisory staff will be required to take sexual harassment prevention training that must be completed by May 1, 2016 or within six weeks for any subsequent new hires. Ongoing training for all non-supervisory employees will be required annually.

This training will be video based and delivery will be online through our UC Learning Center. Overall the training should take approximately 50 minutes to complete for non-supervisory staff. Faculty and supervisors will continue to take a separate training course with additional legally-required content that will take two hours to complete. You will be...

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November 4, 2015
Emergency
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are saddened by the stabbing incident that occurred on the UC Merced campus yesterday morning. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire UC Merced community. Fortunately, all four victims are expected to recover.

These tragic events serve to remind us about the important role we all have in protecting the safety and security of our community.

We can fulfill this role in two ways:

  • First, be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the UCSF Police Department.
  • Second, register your contact information with WarnMe, UCSF’s mass notification system. You can sign up using your MyAccess ID and password at http://warnme.ucsf.edu/

Registering with the WarnMe notification system is one way to ensure that in the event of an emergency situation that affects UCSF, you will receive timely and accurate information via email, text, and voice messaging. In addition, breaking news about emergencies and disasters will be posted on UCSF.edu and through UCSF’s official social media accounts.

Sincerely,

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

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