Farewell to Dr. Martha C. Piper

To: Faculty, staff and students 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.

Last year, Dr. Martha C. Piper returned to UBC as Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. On June 30, she will formally end her second period of leadership at UBC.

Dr. Piper’s passion and dedication have been extraordinary, and her advice to the Board and the senior administration has been invaluable.

As we look towards the future with Dr. Santa Ono, who will be our 15th President and Vice-Chancellor, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution that Dr. Piper has made to our institution over the past ten months.

Not only has she brought vibrant leadership, but under her guidance the university has continued on its upward trajectory: we are proud to be now ranked as the sixth best public university in North America.

I would like to share a video in which Dr. Piper offers insights into her time at UBC. You can view the video at: http://www.ubc.ca/ubc-now/#dr-piper

On behalf of the Board of Governors, please join me in expressing sincere thanks to Dr. Piper and wishing her well.

Stuart Belkin
Chair, Board of Governors

Sexual Assault Policy consultation

To: Faculty, staff and students 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.

As a follow-up to my message on June 7, the Board of Governors has referred Policy #131 (Sexual Assault) http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/files/2016/06/Proposed-Policy-131.pdf for consultation: all members of the university community are encouraged to provide their comments.

Please submit feedback to either the Office of the University Counsel at university.counsel@ubc.ca or through the confidential feedback survey: https://survey.ubc.ca/s/sexual-assault-policy/ by September 30, 2016.

The proposed Policy is an important first step in improving UBC’s response to sexual assault. It outlines the key values and principles to which UBC will be held accountable and upon which all future work will be based. It also provides a single source of information on the supports, resources and reporting options currently available at UBC.

In particular, it provides clear direction and a more consistent approach to help students, staff and faculty get the help and support they need if they have been sexually assaulted or if someone discloses a sexual assault to them. It also clarifies which UBC processes apply when a report of sexual assault is made against a member of the UBC community. The proposed Policy is one element of UBC’s multi-faceted approach to addressing sexual assault; an approach that also includes education and awareness programs, focusing on intervention and prevention.

The consultation process runs until September 30, 2016. The Co-Chairs of the Policy Development Committee will hold two public information sessions in September, one on the Vancouver campus and one on the Okanagan campus. They will also be meeting with key stakeholders such as employee and student unions and associations on both campuses throughout the consultation period. The university community is encouraged to participate in these sessions however the Committee is only able to consider written feedback delivered via email or through the confidential feedback survey form mentioned earlier.

The collective aim of the proposed 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-support-student-survivors
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

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

To: Faculty, staff and students 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.

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

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.

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

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