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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


Submit your comments regarding the VP, Human Resources position profile

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As announced last month, UBC has embarked on a search for a new Vice-President, Human Resources.

Ms. Lisa Castle, our current Vice-President Human Resources, is retiring at the end of this year. In June, we launched a global search for a suitable candidate to fill this position. The position profile has now been finalized and can be found online at: http://president.ubc.ca/featured/2017/07/17/7537/

We are inviting members of the UBC community to provide your thoughts on the position description, alongside comments about the opportunities and challenges that are ahead of the new Vice-President, Human Resources.

We also encourage you to send in nominations or suggestions of candidates for this position. All feedback and suggestions will be treated confidentially. They should be sent, care of our search consultants, to candice@pfmsearch.com by July 31, 2017.

The Vice-President, Human Resources reports to the President and provides vision and leadership in carrying out the university’s human resources plan including its people practices and workplace culture.

Thank you in advance to all those who are contributing to this important search process.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


View UBC’s 2016–2017 Annual Report

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am pleased to share the University of British Columbia’s 2016–2017 Annual Report.

The report is an important document for UBC. It communicates our progress over the past year and celebrates the many accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

This year’s report has a streamlined format, which is downloadable and includes top highlights, stories, high-level performance measures and financial information.

It is clear that the previous year has been marked by incredible achievements, including the closing of our Centennial year and the launch of our process to create a new strategic plan.

I encourage you to read the document and learn more about our collective success over the past year. I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to these achievements, and offer a special thanks to those who helped put this report together.

For the full Annual Report, visit: annualreport.ubc.ca

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Announcing a new VP, Research and Innovation

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan
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I am pleased to announce that Professor Gail Murphy has been appointed as the new Vice-President, Research and Innovation. She will formally begin the role on August 14, 2017.

Gail Murphy is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Vice-President, Research pro tem at UBC. She is also co-founder and Chief Scientist at Tasktop Technologies Incorporated.

During her time as Associate Vice-President, Research pro tem, Professor Murphy has successfully led a series of initiatives for the university. She was involved in the strategy and operations of the Research Excellence Cluster initiative, led growing interactions with Microsoft, helped found the Cascadia Urban Analytics Consortium (a joint initiative with the University of Washington) and led efforts to improve research infrastructure, including leading the Advanced Research Computing team.

Professor Murphy has held a number of administrative positions during her time at UBC. She served as an Associate Head for the Graduate Program in Computer Science (2001-2003), Acting Co-Head of Computer Science (2010-2011) and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Science (2013-2016).  For more information about her career and research visit https://research.ubc.ca/vp_announcement

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the search committee who were instrumental in helping to find such an outstanding candidate. The committee comprised representatives from the Board of Governors, Faculties, senior staff and UBC’s student community. As part of the process, the final candidates also met with 50 individuals outside of the search committee including members of faculty, staff, students and the senior administration.

As we prepare to welcome Professor Murphy, I would like to give my personal thanks to Professor Helen Burt who has acted in the role of Vice-President, Research pro tem since June 1, 2016. Over the last year, UBC has experienced tremendous research growth under Professor Burt’s leadership. She will formally step down from the role on August 13, 2017 and return to her position as Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Research is a central component of UBC’s mandate as a public university.  The Vice-President, Research and Innovation portfolio supports our research and innovation activities and the work of UBC researchers with strategic information, resources and tools.

Looking to the future, I am excited to work with Professor Murphy in advancing UBC’s excellence in, and contributions to, research and innovation as part of UBC’s strategic plan.

Please join me in welcoming her to this new position.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Search for new UBC VP Human Resources

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Ms. Lisa Castle, our VP Human Resources, is retiring at the end of this year. As many of you know, Ms. Castle’s contributions to UBC are many and she has been an integral part of UBC’s ascendance to being a world renowned university. We wish to thank Lisa for her tireless efforts, loyalty and support over the last 23 years and wish her the very best in the next stage of her life.
 
I am launching a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Vice-President Human Resources. The Vice-President Human Resources reports to the President and provides vision and leadership in carrying out the university’s human resources plan including its people practices and workplace culture.
 
The Human Resources portfolio provides support and advice to UBC Faculties and Departments and a range of services for faculty and staff, including recruitment and employment, organizational development and workplace learning, wellbeing programming, faculty and staff relations, compensation, pension and benefits administration, and the development of human resource policies and practices.
 
The VP Human Resources is a Board of Governors appointee. She or he will collaborate across all UBC portfolios on system-wide HR issues with UBC Vancouver and Okanagan. 
 
In accordance with UBC Policy #34, I have established an Advisory Committee to support this search process. The committee consists of:
 
Santa Ono (Chair)
Beverlee Park (Board of Governors)
Fiona Macfarlane (Board of Governors)
Louise Cowin (VP Students)
Catherine Dauvergne (Dean of Law)
Murray Isman (Vancouver Senate)
Gordon Lovegrove (Okanagan Senate)
Alan Ehrenholz (UBC Vancouver student representative)
Jada Larkin (UBC Okanagan student representative)
Linda McKnight (UBC HR)
Alexandra Bayne (UBC HR)
Sara-Jane Finlay (UBC Equity & Inclusion Office)
Linc Kesler (UBC First Nations House of Learning) 
 
We will be inviting you to provide your thoughts on the position description as soon as it has been posted. At that time, you will also be invited to share your comments about the future opportunities and challenges that are ahead of the new Vice-President Human Resources. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


UBC invites you to take a Service Satisfaction Survey

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Earlier, we announced the UniForum program, which will help us — at an organizational level — better understand our services and activities, and how those services are most-effectively aligned to our academic mission. See the full message: http://broadcastemail.ubc.ca/2017/04/05/ubc-joins-uniforum-benchmarking-program/

Thank you to everyone who is working to gather a picture of these services and activities across the university.

Our next step will be to invite faculty and staff to participate in a Service Satisfaction Survey.

The survey will provide a closer look at satisfaction levels gathered from both service providers and end-users. This will help us see what we are doing well, where we should work to improve services, and where we can learn from those that are working well.

To ensure confidentiality, the survey is being conducted by Cubane Consulting. No one at UBC will have access to individual feedback.

On May 23, 2017, staff and faculty will receive an invitation by email from the address “noreply@surveys.cubane.co” with the title “Invitation to UniForum Service Satisfaction Survey”. This email will include your unique link to access the survey online. The survey takes on average 15 minutes to complete, and closes end of day on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

For more information about the survey, contact Tammy Brimner, Director, Office of the VP Finance & Operations, who is the UniForum Program Manager, at uniforum.help@ubc.ca.

Read more about UniForum@UBC at http://pair.ubc.ca/uniforum.

Andrew Simpson
Vice-President, Finance & Operations

Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources



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