UBC’s response to sexual assault – next steps

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

In October, Professor Santa Ono issued a message to the UBC community regarding a new Steering Committee on Sexual Assault. As he stated in his message, the Steering Committee has begun to:

  • Provide input and advice to the Policy Committee on feedback, drafts, and key questions;
  • Create an action plan to address the recommendations from the University Sexual Assault Panel and feedback provided during the policy consultation;
  • Work with existing groups and/or establish representative subcommittees to accomplish specific tasks related to creating an effective response to sexual assault through education, prevention and support.

The Steering Committee began its work with an invitation for new members—thank you to all those who expressed interest. The new members are as follows:

  • Lina Gomez, undergraduate student, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Rabia Mir, graduate student, Educational Studies, UBC Vancouver
  • Dr. Erin Graham, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, UBC Vancouver
  • Avneet Mann, Client Services Representative, UBC Robson Square
  • Dr. Juliet O’Brien, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, UBC Vancouver
  • Dr. Stephen O’Leary, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

In recent weeks, the Policy Committee has been collating and considering feedback received through an open consultation on the draft policy that ran between June and October. Thank you to all those who took the time to review the draft policy and provide input. The Policy Committee is currently reviewing all of the comments that were received and is making significant changes to the draft in response to feedback from the UBC community and other interested parties. A new draft of the policy will be presented to the Board of Governors in February 2017 and, in view of the major changes that are anticipated, a community consultation on the new draft is expected to run from February to April.

The issue of sexual assault impacts all areas of UBC. You can read more about the Steering Committee and access updates about the policy development process at http://equity.ubc.ca

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight that December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. A series of events have been organized at UBC. We encourage you to read more at http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/11/21/ubc-remembers-dec-6th/

As Professor Ono stated in his October message, it is important that we facilitate meaningful engagement around these issues. Thank you once again to all those who took the time to submit feedback.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel  

Voting and nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates – deadline reminder

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Elections for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates are currently underway.

If you are interested in voting for faculty and staff representatives to the Board of Governors, please note that the deadline is 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2016. To vote, and for more information, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/board-governors-representatives

This email is also a reminder of an extended call for nominations for six remaining positions for representatives of the Joint Faculties on the Vancouver Senate. The deadline to submit a nomination is 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2016. For more information, and to obtain a nomination form, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/joint-faculties-representatives-vancouver-senate

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Celebrate GivingTuesday with UBC

To: Students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Today is GivingTuesday, an international day dedicated to giving back. It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

GivingTuesday is a great opportunity for us all to recognize the importance of philanthropy to UBC’s mission. Much of the work happening on campus is empowered by the support we receive from alumni and donors.

Last year, nearly 17,000 generous donors made a contribution to UBC, raising millions of dollars for student support, research and infrastructure. I invite you to use this global occasion to celebrate the difference donors have made for UBC students — and to celebrate the causes that you support too.

For more information about the day, please go to ubc.ca/givingtuesday. No matter how you decide to get involved, I also encourage you to share your stories on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayCA and #UBCgiving.

Thank you—and have a great GivingTuesday!

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor  

Celebrate GivingTuesday with UBC

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Today is GivingTuesday, an international day dedicated to giving back. It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

GivingTuesday is a great opportunity for us all to recognize the importance of philanthropy to UBC’s mission. Your work is transforming lives, and much of that work is empowered by the support we receive from alumni and donors.

Last year, nearly 17,000 generous donors made a contribution to UBC, raising millions of dollars for student support, research and infrastructure. I invite you to use this global occasion to celebrate the difference donors have made to your area of UBC—and to celebrate the causes that you support too.

For more information about the day, please go to ubc.ca/givingtuesday. No matter how you decide to get involved, I also encourage you to share your stories on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayCA and #UBCgiving.

Thank you—and have a great GivingTuesday!

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Reappointment of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

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

The term of Professor Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan, is coming to an end in June 2017. Professor Buszard has indicated her willingness to be considered for reappointment. In accordance with Board policy, an Advisory Committee has been struck to examine Professor Buszard’s performance since her first appointment in 2012 and to make a recommendation to the President concerning her reappointment.

Membership of the committee is as follows:

  • Santa J. Ono, Chair
  • Catherine Comben, UBCO Senate
  • Michael Evans, UBCO Senate
  • Shira Sneg, UBCO Senate student rep.
  • Maureen Brophy, UBCO staff rep.
  • Roger Sugden, Dean, UBCO Faculty of Management
  • Michael Korenberg, Board of Governors
  • Richard Johnston, Board of Governors
  • Herbert Rosengarten, Secretary (non-voting)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal (DVC) reports to the President and provides leadership to the Okanagan campus to accomplish the vision, commitments, goals, and actions as set out in the university’s strategic plan. As an integral member of the university’s senior leadership team, the DVC supports the Board of Governors in exercising their governance responsibilities, and works collaboratively with leadership and management across the university, and with key external stakeholders, to enhance the student learning and research achievement on the Okanagan campus.

The Advisory Committee is entering into a consultative process to determine Professor Buszard’s performance in relation to the duties and responsibilities attached to her portfolio, as outlined in the original job description which can be found at http://president.ubc.ca/files/2016/11/Job-description-Deputy-Vice-Chancellor-and-Principal.pdf.

All members of the UBC community, including students, faculty, and staff, are invited to share their views via email to herbert.rosengarten@ubc.ca, no later than Friday, January 20, 2017. All communications will be held in strict confidence.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this important process.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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