Creating a community free from sexual misconduct

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

A large part of the UBC experience centres on it being a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment. As we begin the winter term, we want to ensure you are aware of the Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct policy, and the progress we are making in its implementation.

If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to read Policy #131 — Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct. This policy sets out UBC’s commitments, describes the new Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, provides important definitions, and outlines the investigation process that will take place when a complainant chooses to report sexual assault or other sexual misconduct for the purpose of investigation. You can read Policy #131 at http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2017/04/policy131.pdf

Since the policy came into effect, UBC has appointed Myrna McCallum as the Director of Investigations. Her roles focuses on ensuring that reports of sexual violence from members of the UBC community across all our locations are received and investigated sensitively and consistently, in-keeping with the principles set out in the policy. You can read more about Myrna at http://sexualviolenceresponse.ubc.ca/policy/people/#mccallum

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Sonya Boyce as Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office for the Vancouver campus. Sonya will begin this role on October 16, and will have responsibility for establishing the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office. You can read more about Sonya at http://sexualviolenceresponse.ubc.ca/policy/people/#boyce. Recruitment is also underway for the Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office for the Okanagan campus. Further announcements will be made once the selection has been made.

Interim resources and support are available on each campus while these offices are established:

The creation of Policy #131 signals UBC’s unwavering commitment to addressing sexual assault and other sexual misconduct. In addition, UBC is carrying out the annual student-focused ‘Consent Campaign’ as well as expanding our education for faculty and staff on ‘Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault’.

We encourage you to take a part in this ongoing dialogue. Whether you are a student, faculty member or staff, we hope you will join us in continuing to ensure that our university is a supportive community, free from sexual misconduct.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel

Message from Professor Ono – celebrating the start of the academic year

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Welcome back for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the summer.

Today, UBC is welcoming thousands of new and returning students to our campuses, learning and research sites. As we embrace the energy and excitement that comes with this, I would like to take an opportunity to reflect on UBC’s recent developments — as well as look ahead to the future.

I have posted a letter to the UBC community which includes:

  • Welcoming our students, new faculty and staff
  • An update on UBC’s Strategic Plan process
  • Updates on UBC’s global connections, research and innovation
  • Our commitment to UBC being a safe and inclusive community
  • Campus construction and sustainability updates
  • Celebrating our alumni

You can read the letter at http://president.ubc.ca/letter-to-the-community/2017/09/05/looking-ahead-to-2017-18/

Whatever role you play at UBC, I would like to thank you for your continued dedication. I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Professor Santa J. Ono,
President and Vice-Chancellor

Hate is antithetical to UBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

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In recent months we have all sadly witnessed incidents of hate, racism and xenophobia across the globe.

Tragedies such as today’s attack in Barcelona, and the unrest in Charlottesville, only serve to remind us that we cannot and must not tolerate hatred and racism.

These incidents are antithetical to the very fabric of a just society. In particular, they are antithetical to UBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and to the values we hold and champion as an academic institution.

We must remember that Canada is not immune to similar challenges and we must work together to build a just and inclusive society.

As we welcome faculty, staff and especially new and returning students to UBC at the start of the coming academic year, let us work to ensure that everybody feels welcome and safe at our university.

Professor Santa J. Ono,
President & Vice-Chancellor

RCMP alert re: ‘virtual kidnapping’ scheme

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver
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The RCMP have asked that we raise awareness within the UBC Vancouver community regarding a ‘virtual kidnapping’ scheme.

More details can be found at http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2087&languageId=1&contentId=52051

Anyone who may be impacted by this scheme is advised to contact the RCMP immediately.

Janet Teasdale
Managing Director, Student Development & Services
(Acting Vice-President, Students)

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Message from Professor Ono – British Columbia Fires Appeal

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

You will no doubt have seen the devastation that has come from the wildfires in British Columbia — devastation that is impacting thousands of people.

For some of our faculty and staff, you may be impacted directly, and our thoughts are with you and your families. UBC Okanagan is also currently acting as an advanced staging area for fire trucks and personnel from across the province, to be sent where needed in the BC Interior.

At times like this we may ask — what can I do to help? The Red Cross is supporting the province of British Columbia and local authorities in providing assistance to those affected by the wildfires.

I would like to encourage you to make a donation to this fund. No matter how small, your support will make a difference. You can donate online at http://www.redcross.ca

Your donation will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing and personal needs. Beyond meeting immediate needs, your donation may also help re-entry and go towards more long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness.

At UBC we pride ourselves on our desire and passion to help address global issues. We now have an opportunity to help a crisis far closer to home. Thank you in advance for your support.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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