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UCSF Offers Voluntary Separation Program

With the recent news about the University’s budget, many options to reduce costs are being considered, including a newly approved Voluntary Separation Program.

The UCSF Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) provides an opportunity for nonprobationary career staff to apply for consideration. Under the guidelines of the program, if their application is accepted, employees will receive a severance payment based on their classification and length of service at UC.

Staff who separate from UCSF under this program will agree not to seek re-employment at any University of California location for at least three years. If employees return to any University location within the three-year period, they will be required to repay some portion of the severance payment.

The executive vice chancellor and provost, dean, or vice chancellor will make the final decision about whether to accept an application, based on the business needs of the school or department.

Employees may want to consider participating in the VSP if they are considering retirement or leaving UCSF for other reasons, since the program would give them resources they wouldn’t otherwise receive.

More information about the program, including guidelines and frequently asked questions, is posted on the website.

The application period begins on July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2009, and the effective date of separation under the program will be no later than Oct. 31, 2009.

In related news, UC President Mark Yudof has issued a video letter to all faculty and staff, inviting feedback on various options under consideration, including salary cuts and furloughs. To view Yudof’s message and to write to him, please go to the University of California Budget News website.