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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.

November 21, 2018
Administrative
Community
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

After almost two weeks of extremely poor air quality as a result of the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, the rain forecasted to improve air quality throughout the Bay Area has arrived.

Sadly, given climate change, the likelihood is very high that California will continue to face wildfires of similar magnitude. My leadership team will use this opportunity to review our response, with the goal of improving how we manage events like this in the future.

Firefighters, first responders, and volunteers involved in the wildfires in Northern and Southern California have exhibited immense heroism, strength, and compassion. I know that you join me in deep gratitude for their unselfish sacrifice and hope that they soon get the relief they need.

Our hearts go out to those whose loved ones have died or are among the missing, as well as to the tens of thousands displaced from their homes. Long after the last ember is extinguished, their needs will continue to be great. It will take months, if not years, to transform neighborhoods from the blackened and smoldering landscape to communities where residents can recover and rebuild.

I appreciate that many of you who are able will volunteer your time and expertise to assist the scores of people who need help. Donations to agencies such as the American Red Cross or the ...

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November 15, 2018
Administrative
Emergency

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

As you know, much of our state has been severely affected by the historic wildfires that continue to rage in several areas. The toll on families and friends who lost loved ones, their homes, and businesses is heartbreaking.

It is clearly evident that our region has been impacted by unprecedented poor air quality for the past week. We know that concerns about air quality have led many university and school officials in our region to decide to cancel classes and close their doors tomorrow as a means of minimizing student exposures to outdoor air.

After consultation with my leadership team and close review of regional outdoor air data, UCSF will remain open tomorrow. As a health sciences and graduate-level university, this institution is dedicated to a mission of serving our patients and advancing health through discovery and education. This mission is perhaps most important during times of regional health crises.

We know based on scientific evidence and guidance from government health agencies that the best place to be when pollutants fill the air is inside buildings with filtered air systems. The agencies’ advice is to limit outdoor exposure.

Since the fires began in Butte County last Thursday, we have carefully monitored the air quality in the Bay Area and at our campus locations. We continue to make our supply of N95 respirators available upon request to our most vulnerable patients and our employees who must work outdoors. We have also taken extra steps to ensure the air filtration systems in our buildings are working as effectively as possible.

For those of you who may find it difficult to come to work due to school...

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November 13, 2018
Administrative
Community

Dear Colleagues:

We write today to thank you for your hard work throughout the year and to invite you to attend a staff appreciation holiday breakfast on one of the dates listed below*. These events provide us and other university leaders an opportunity to thank you in person for your contributions.

 

December 6

Mount Zion

Mount Zion Café

8:00– 10:00 a.m.

December 7

Parnassus

Moffitt Café

6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

December 10

Mission Bay Hospitals

William and Susan Oberndorf Auditorium

6:30 – 10:00 a.m.

December 13

Mission Bay

Genentech Hall Atrium

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

*Please bring UCSF photo identification.

 

If you are unable to attend a breakfast in December, additional staff appreciation events are scheduled at different campus locations for 2019.

It has been an exciting year for UCSF with the launch of the...

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November 2, 2018
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to notify the UCSF Community about Assembly Bill 21 (2017) (AB 21): Access to Higher Education for Every Student and the procedure in regard to possible immigration enforcement at UCSF locations. While AB 21 is fairly recent, it has long been a goal at UCSF to foster a university environment that is safe and welcoming for all members of our community regardless of immigration status.

For a fuller explanation of UC’s current policies and procedures relating to undocumented members of our community, please see UC’s Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community and Frequently Asked Questions for University Employees about Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property as well as UCSF Undocumented Student Support Services. For up-to-date information, please visit the UC Office of the President online.

It is important to note that federal immigration agencies can and do enter campuses for non-enforcement activities, which can include recruitment and activities related to normal immigration visa processing. The procedure and information below relate only to immigration enforcement activities.

  1. Notify the Office of Legal Affairs as soon as possible if you are advised that an immigration officer is expected to enter, will...
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October 18, 2018
Administrative

Dear Colleagues:

Over the next few weeks, University of California faculty, staff, and students will join millions of Americans across the country and fulfill their civic duty by casting their ballots for or against a wide range of issues and individuals seeking public office. I encourage all of you to participate in the electoral process. It is a privilege and a right that serves as the foundation for the laws that govern our nation.

I also want to remind the campus community that there are legal restrictions on University of California involvement in political campaign activities based on the status of the University as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and as a state entity. The University may not endorse, oppose, or contribute to political candidates, nor may University resources (including University-paid time or equipment) be used for campaign purposes in connection with ballot propositions.

I want to emphasize that the University does not restrict any member of the University community – student, academic appointee, staff employee – from exercising his or her right to engage in personal political activity. However, no member of the University community may use University facilities or resources (including time on the job) for political purposes, except as specifically permitted by University regulations. In addition, care should be taken to avoid creating any misperception of University endorsement of a particular political position. I encourage you to review the University guidelines regarding the restrictions that apply to University of California...

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October 12, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community,

We have received notice from the AFSCME union that both of their bargaining units will strike or participate in a sympathy strike across the University of California (UC) system, including UCSF, beginning Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:00 a.m. and ending Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:59 a.m. UC anticipates that other unions with expired contracts also may join AFSCME in sympathy. You can find strike updates on UCSF.edu throughout the strike.

As we have stated in advance of previous strikes, we respect our employees’ 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.

Labor actions significantly impact patients and their families. During the strike in May, thousands of patient appointments were cancelled, delayed, or rescheduled. Some of our patients had to see other providers for their care. In addition, strikes create very real tensions among colleagues.

Once again, we expect disruptions to services across UCSF, particularly at UCSF Health and the UCSF Dental Center, as well as those performed by UCSF employees at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

As always, our top priorities are the safety and security of the entire UCSF community – faculty, staff, learners, patients, and visitors. To support our work and minimize the impact of the strike, we have refined contingency plans based on our...

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October 2, 2018
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to share with you the good news that the University of California and the California Nurses Association (CNA) have reached an agreement on a new, four-year labor contract for nurses who work across UC.

We appreciate our nurses at UCSF for their professionalism, compassionate, evidence-based care, and teamwork that contribute to the clinical quality, research, and innovation that are hallmarks at UCSF. Their commitment to excellence at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco led to the prestigious Magnet designation in both 2012 and 2017 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, after rigorous evaluation in the areas of leadership, empowerment, exemplary practice, improvement, and innovations.

Our nurses make a tremendous difference in the care that our patients receive, and we thank all UCSF nurses and nurse leaders who every day redefine what’s possible for our patients and embody our UCSF PRIDE Values.

The highlights of the agreement, to be effective through October 31, 2022, with CNA are posted online.

We hope that UC and the unions are able to come to resolution for the other open contracts soon.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

May 30, 2018
Administrative
Community
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce June 2018 as UCSF Alumni Month, an opportunity for our community to honor the accomplishments, dedication, and generosity of UCSF’s remarkable alumni.

This month of celebration kicks off tomorrow with UCSF Alumni Weekend and the presentation of the 2018 Campaign Alumni Awards. Twelve award recipients were selected from 125 nominations by a committee of fourteen alumni volunteers. Through the rest of June, join us on social media as we welcome our newest graduates, share alumni stories, and give thanks using #UCSFAlumniMonth.

The generations of professionals who trained here have shaped our institution, and today, UCSF is the largest employer of UCSF alumni. They also are key to a strong future for UCSF through their ongoing support and advocacy.

On behalf of the entire UCSF community, I extend my deepest gratitude to the more than 67,000 alumni who have helped form the character of the university and who share UCSF’s knowledge and values with the world.

To learn more about our outstanding alumni community, please visit the new alumni website at alumni.ucsf.edu.

Thank you for celebrating UCSF Alumni Month with us.

Sincerely,

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

May 9, 2018
Administrative
Community
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear UCSF Community:

This week’s labor strike was a trying time for UCSF. It was difficult for everyone: our patients, those who came to work as usual, those on the picket lines, and those who volunteered after hours.

Our services ran smoothly to the extent possible, and throughout the strike employees across UCSF functioned as a team. In addition, we were able to provide safe, quality care to those with urgent needs that could not be postponed.

Over the next few weeks, UCSF Health will continue to feel the impact of the strike due to the need to accommodate those who had procedures, appointments, and treatments rescheduled.

We acknowledge that as everyone returns to work, there will be differences of opinion and conflicting feelings about the strike. However, we can all unite around our shared missions of patient care, research, and education and values of professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

Today and every day, we encourage unity and mutual respect. We remain committed with the UC Office of the President as well as other UC campuses and medical centers to finding a resolution to the issues that gave rise to this labor action.

We are grateful for all that you do for UCSF and UCSF Health.

Sincerely,

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

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health

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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