Campus Volunteer Guidelines


Volunteering on Campus at UCSF

Campus volunteers are an integral part of UCSF. Individuals volunteer as a public service, for civic and humanitarian as well as personal development reasons. Volunteers freely donate their services without promise or expectation of pay or future employment. UCSF provides these opportunities as a public service.

It is critical in protecting the interests of both the University and the volunteer that their work status as “volunteer” be distinct and separate from the status of paid employees. However, it is the responsibility of the volunteer’s department to oversee their work to ensure that volunteers comply with all applicable University policies as well as all State and Federal laws. To assist departments, a Campus Volunteer Packet with guidance and applicable forms has been assembled.

Medical Center Volunteer Services: If the volunteer will be working in the Medical Center, do not use the forms on this page and contact the Volunteer Services Department - UCSF Medical Center, 505 Parnassus Avenue, M167 415.353.1196. 

Persons participating in the provision of clinical care cannot be enrolled under this program. Please contact the UCSF Medical Center Risk Management office at 415.353.1842.

If you are looking for information on organizing a volunteer work party with fellow UCSF employees or your Department, please use the resources on the Campus Life Services website for more information.

The HIPAA checklist for visitors and observers (who are NOT considered volunteers) are available here.

Please review the guidelines for Academic Affairs policy APM430 before submitting a volunteer packet to your HR Service Center.

Please also review the Minors in Laboratory Policy on the EH&S webpage: https://ehs.ucsf.edu/laboratory-safety-manual

Campus Volunteer Packet Last Revision Date: September, 2014.

If you have further questions regarding the campus volunteer packet, please contact your HR Service Center Contact.