Dr. Santa Ono named as 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC

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

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I am pleased to announce today that Dr. Santa Ono has been named as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC.

Dr. Ono joins us from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in Ohio, where he has served as President since 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UC. Under his leadership, UC achieved its largest enrolment in its history and received numerous accolades, including being named Public University of the Year by the Washington Center.

Dr. Ono will become President on August 15 for a five-year term. He succeeds Dr. Martha C. Piper, who will end her term as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor on June 30. Dr. David Farrar, former UBC Provost and Senior Advisor to the President, has agreed to take on the role of Interim President after June 30 and prior to Dr. Ono’s arrival.

Dr. Ono is no stranger to UBC. Originally born in Vancouver, his father (Takashi Ono) was a mathematics professor at the university in the early 1960s. More details, including Dr. Ono’s biography, can be found at www.ubc.ca/newpresident

As we welcome Dr. Ono, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the search committee, which comprised faculty, staff, students, alumni, senate and board members from UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. I would like to thank the committee for finding a visionary leader who will challenge and inspire us.

I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize Dr. Piper for her exceptional service to UBC. I know the students, staff and faculty have greatly appreciated her warmth and experienced wisdom.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ono to UBC.

Stuart Belkin
Chair, Board of Governors

Announcement of the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC

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

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On behalf of the UBC Board of Governors, it is my pleasure to invite you to the formal announcement, naming the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.

Vancouver Campus
Date/Time: June 13, 2016 10am
Location:
Franklin Lew Forum
Allard Hall
1822 East Mall, Vancouver

Okanagan Campus
Date/Time: June 13, 2016 2pm
Location:
EME Richard S. Hallisey Atrium
Engineering, Management & Education Building (Tower 1)
1137 Alumni Avenue, Kelowna

If you are unable to attend the event, please join us via the live webcast. More details can be found at www.ubc.ca/newpresident

On behalf of the Board of Governors, we look forward to seeing you at the event.

Stuart Belkin
Chair, Board of Governors

IT Alert: Recent fraudulent emails and ransomware targeting UBC

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

If you are a manager of staff whose work is not computer-based, please print this email and display it in a common work area for them to review.

You may have seen the news that the University of Calgary has recently faced a ‘ransomware’ attack (you may also hear this described as phishing, malware, virus, etc.). UBC is subject to malware attacks on a daily basis and at times various types of ‘ransomware.’ These attacks often come in the form of email attachments, or links, that unsuspecting recipients open or click.

NEVER click on links or open attachments in an email regardless of how compelling the message is (bank warnings, income tax refund issues, random IT Service Desk warnings, secret admirers, etc.) if you are not specifically expecting an email from that person. As well, ensure your data is backed up nightly so that if there is a successful attack your data can be restored.

UBC uses technology to detect and block many of these emails. However, new versions of malicious software are being produced all the time, making it impossible to successfully detect and block all possible threats. We all need to be vigilant in protecting electronic information. ‘Ransomware’ can affect us all – including our critical research and teaching records.

Research-intensive universities, particularly those that engage in health research, are subject to ‘ransomware’ attacks that are activated by something as simple as clicking on an email link or opening an attachment. Once any one of us clicks on that link or attachment, a malicious program is automatically downloaded to our computer. All our files and any shared files on the network are then locked, encrypted and cannot be accessed. The only way to have the files unlocked is to pay a ‘ransom’ to the criminals who sent the fraudulent email. Your IT support staff can try to restore the files from a secure backup, where available, but days of productivity can be lost and often some functionality is never restored.

I would like to request that everyone remains diligent as some of the fraudulent emails appear to come from official UBC sources. If you are unsure, please contact the UBC IT help desk directly on 604 822 2008 or forward the email to security @ ubc.ca, without clicking on any of the links in the email.

Don Thompson
Deputy Chief Information Officer

New Sexual Assault Policy for faculty, staff and students

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

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UBC’s first Sexual Assault Policy was presented to the Board of Governors People, Community & International Committee today. The committee received the proposed policy for information and the full Board of Governors will review the policy at its meeting on June 14. The Board is being asked to refer the policy for consultation with the campus community. The proposed policy is posted on the Board of Governors website in the June agenda packages: http://bog.ubc.ca/?page_id=12064.

The Sexual Assault Policy was developed by a committee of faculty, staff and students from both campuses, co-chaired by Kimberley Beck, Legal Counsel from the Office of the University Counsel, and me.

Faculty, staff and students will be invited to give feedback on the draft policy following the June 14 board meeting and continuing until the end of September. Details about the consultation process will be circulated in the coming weeks.

Once the consultation period concludes University Counsel will review and collate comments and, working with the Sexual Assault Policy Committee, make any necessary changes before submitting the policy to the Board of Governors for approval on December 6. The final policy will include provisions required under the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, which very recently received Royal Assent and will come into force in May 2017.

For more information and updates on the sexual assault policy development and action plan: http://equity.ubc.ca/sexual-assault-policy-development/.

The collective aim of the new policy and ongoing sexual assault response and education is to foster a safe and respectful environment at UBC and a supportive environment on campus for survivors. As we work to improve our policies and processes I want to remind you about the resources available on campus and in the community should you need assistance for yourself or for someone you know.

For Vancouver students: http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/topics/sexual-assault
Okanagan students: http://students.ok.ubc.ca/sexual-assault.html
Faculty and staff: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/health/safety/sexual-assault-resources/

Sara-Jane Finlay
Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion
 

Appointment of Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Neil Guppy has accepted the position of Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom. He is charged with leading a system-wide conversation concerning the centrality of academic freedom to our various missions, and to developing educational materials for the university community in the support and protection of academic freedom. 

Dr. Guppy is a professor in the Department of Sociology where he served as Head for seven years. As a researcher his focus has been largely around issues of social inequality. This year he was awarded the 2016 Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award for his longtime commitment to Canadian sociology and the continued growth of the discipline, as well as the wide breadth of areas of research in the number of publications he has authored. Dr. Guppy was the recipient of the Killam Research Prize in 1989, and he was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize in 1992-1993. Further details about his teaching and research may be found at: http://soci.ubc.ca/persons/neil-guppy/

Dr. Guppy’s administrative experience includes positions as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts for four years, and Vice-President, Academic Programs in the Office of the Provost between 2000 and 2004.  He is currently assisting the Office of the Vice-President, Students in an interim role as the Acting Managing Director of Student Development and Services.

Dr. Guppy understands academic freedom as a value that is essential to the proper functioning of universities, foundational to the integrity of universities, and especially imperative in advancing rigorous standards of free and unfettered enquiry and education. As a sociologist, he sees it as a convention that is supported by a set of training, hiring, and promotion practices that are cemented in the academic units that comprise a modern university – departments, divisions and schools.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the advisory committee for their time, commitment, and good counsel during this search. The advisory committee members are:

Paul Bartha, Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy
Lara Boyd, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
James Brander, Professor, Sauder School of Business
Kevin Leyton-Brown, Professor, Department of Computer Science
Anthony Paré, Professor and Head, Department of Language and Literacy
Cynthia Mathieson, Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic – UBC Okanagan,
and Professor of Psychology (co-chair)
Angela Redish, Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem, and Professor, Economics Department (co-chair)

We are looking forward to working with Dr. Guppy in this new role commencing July 1, and hope you will enjoy the opportunity of interacting with him. Dr. Guppy has asked that we extend an invitation encouraging people to reach out to him to discuss issues of academic freedom.

Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

Cynthia Mathieson
Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic, UBC Okanagan

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