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Campus Messages

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

March 19, 2015
Administrative

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

More than one year has passed since UCSF implemented a Tobacco Free at Work policy. As a reminder, this policy applies to all UCSF faculty, staff, students, and trainees. The policy states that all are required to be tobacco-free while at work and refrain from tobacco and e-cigarette use during any scheduled work shift (including all breaks), whether on or off campus. As we continue to educate our UCSF community on our policy and the health consequences of smoking, please note that the Tobacco Free at Work policy is enforced and violations are appropriately addressed.

The policy also demonstrates UCSF’s commitment to promoting and improving health for patients, for our many constituencies, and also our surrounding communities as well. We have an obligation to be respectful of our neighbors; therefore, faculty, staff, students, and trainees must be mindful of our neighboring communities and refrain from smoking, littering, and loitering in front of homes and establishments at all times. Our campus sites are part of the greater San Francisco community, and we should always treat our neighbors with courtesy and respect, setting an example for other organizations and businesses to follow.

If you need assistance to stop smoking, UCSF has a number of tobacco cessation resources, including nicotine replacement gum that is free for faculty, staff, students, and trainees while at work. For more information on other programs as well as the UCSF Fontana Tobacco Treatment Center, please visit...

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November 21, 2014
Administrative

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce that UCSF’s 20-year Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) has been approved by the UC Board of Regents, following five years of planning and extensive consultation within UCSF and with our neighbors and civic leaders. The plan, along with the accompanying Environmental Impact Report, was approved at the Regents’ meeting on November 20th.

The LRDP is a comprehensive physical-land-use plan that provides a blueprint for the university’s growth in its academic, clinical and research programs through the year 2035. It reflects the extensive feedback that UCSF received throughout the planning process. Approval followed an almost five-month public comment period.

This planning effort was expertly led by Lori Yamauchi, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning, Kevin Beauchamp, Director of Physical Planning, and the other members of Lori’s campus planning team.

I also want to recognize the invaluable contributions of Barbara Bagot-Lopez, Director of Community Relations, and her team in engaging neighborhoods adjacent to our campus sites and in soliciting important community input.

Unlike the previous LRDP, which focused largely on expanding future growth to a major new campus site – and resulted in the development of the Mission Bay campus site – this plan seeks to consolidate, renovate and optimize existing space, while still allowing sufficient growth to accommodate our needs. Other chief objectives include enhancing environmental sustainability, minimizing facility costs, ensuring seismic safety, and developing our plan in the context of the city’s and our neighboring communities’ needs and concerns....

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October 19, 2014
Administrative
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

Over the next several 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 participation in ballot initiative campaigns that are posted at the following link:...

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July 20, 2014
Administrative
Community
UC System

Dear Colleagues:

UCSF’s Staff Appreciation and Recognition Program (STAR) Program is an opportunity to recognize and reward exceptional work that helps UCSF successfully meet our common objectives. This program furthers UCSF’s Strategic Plan and, ultimately, our vision to advance health worldwide. While our goals are challenging, success in achieving them will have a dramatic impact on our ability to sustain the excellence of UCSF.

Due to the concerted efforts of many people across UCSF, several initiatives linked to the STAR FY14 department goals were accomplished that support our collective success. I appreciate the intensity of the work that many faculty and staff have invested, recognizing the extra determination to get the job done.

2014–15 STAR program

The STAR program will continue in fiscal year 2014–15. Similar to last year, there is the potential to provide cash awards for non-represented staff employees who demonstrate significant achievements and contributions in support of targeted strategic objectives.

This fiscal year we will continue with a goal in support of employee engagement, and each organization will institute one additional goal directly linked to the advancement of UCSF’s Strategic Plan. Supervisors will share details of this program in the coming weeks with employees providing information on how to participate. In July 2015, the UCSF leadership team will assess accomplishments against those goals and consider recognition awards up to $2,000 for MSP job levels and $800 for PSS job levels.

It is important to share upfront that the UC Office of the President retains the authority to discontinue this plan at any time. A decision to...

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May 23, 2014
Administrative
UC System
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am pleased to announce the publication of the UC San Francisco Draft 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). The LRDP is a comprehensive physical-land-use plan that is intended to guide UCSF’s growth and other physical changes through the year 2035, and applies specific strategies to achieve the academic, clinical and research missions of the university.

This document reflects four years of planning, including extensive consultation both within UCSF and with our neighbors. In preparing the Draft LRDP, we explored in detail a variety of potential projects for each campus site, which we discussed at seven community workshops in the Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, Mount Zion and Mission Center neighborhoods. The current plan reflects the feedback we received in those workshops.

Our main objective for the 2014 LRDP was to accommodate UCSF's projected program growth over the next two decades within the context of the communities and City in which we work, while promoting environmental sustainability, minimizing facility costs and ensuring that our facilities are seismically safe.

If fully implemented over the next 20 years, the 2014 LRDP would result in an additional 2.3 million gross square feet (gsf) in owned and leased buildings, for a total of 11.58 million gsf across all of UCSF’s sites. The LRDP proposes to accommodate most of this growth in new buildings at Mission Bay, where there is undeveloped land available and infrastructure planned to support such growth. Additional space is proposed in new buildings at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights, Mount Zion and Mission Center campus sites. LRDP proposals for Parnassus Heights also advance UCSF...

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December 16, 2012
Administrative
Emergency

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 police.ucsf.edu.

Advice for Speaking with Children

Many of us also may want advice in regard to helping children cope with what they hear...

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March 19, 2012
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender (GLBT) Leadership. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of the GLBT people and communities at UCSF. The nomination form, award criteria, and a list of prior recipients are available online.

Three individuals—one faculty, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—will be selected to receive this award at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. I encourage you to nominate individuals who meet one or more of the following selection criteria—whether or not they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender:

  • Status—elevating the equality and status of GLBT people on campus
  • Visibility—increasing the visibility of GLBT experiences and issues on campus
  • Mentoring—helping to create and participating in career and academic mentoring for GLBT people on campus
  • Education and Research—contributing to the generation and dissemination of knowledge on GLBT health and well-being through education, research, and public presentations
  • Advancement—promoting and advancing the admission, recruitment, and upward mobility of GLBT people on campus

Questions may be directed to Committees Coordinator Suya Colorado-Caldwell, Offices of the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at 476-4421 or via email at [email protected]. Forms and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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December 6, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to invite nominations for the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. This award recognizes and celebrates members of the campus community who have demonstrated outstanding public service beyond the scope of their normal job duties, research or training.

December 5, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the 2011 Chancellor’s Disability Service Award. Each year three individuals—one academic, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—may be selected to receive this award in recognition of extraordinary leadership and inspiration in furthering the goal of achieving awareness and equity for the disabled community within the UCSF community.

July 20, 2011
Administrative
People

Dear Colleagues:

The UCSF community suffered a great loss this last week with the tragic accidental death of psychiatrist Kevin Mack, MD, MS. On behalf of our entire campus, I want to again convey my deepest condolences to Dr. Mack’s family, friends and colleagues.

I also want to acknowledge that others were injured in this accident, and to wish them a speedy and full recovery.

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