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:

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:

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:
Okanagan students:
Faculty and staff:

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:

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

International 2020: Help renew UBC’s international strategy

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

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As we near the end of our Centennial year, we are excited to announce that UBC is embarking on a renewal of our International Strategic Plan.

To sustain our reputation as North America’s “most international university,” 1 UBC must continue to examine its priorities and activities as a globally engaged institution.

The renewed International Strategy will be developed through a broad consultation process. Over the next few months, we will be looking to all our constituents to help identify areas of priority and emerging trends in the internationalization of research, teaching and learning, and community engagement at UBC.

Within a week, you will receive a personal email invitation to participate in a survey. This is the first phase of our consultation process, and as a member of our community your input is vital and will contribute to the vision of UBC as a global university in 2020.

To learn more about this renewal process, we encourage you to visit:

Martha C. Piper
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

John Hepburn
Vice-President, Research and International

1 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Presidential search: final list of candidates

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

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We are pleased to provide a further update on the Presidential search process.

We are delighted to share with the UBC community that, after completing comprehensive interviews with each of our shortlisted candidates, we have arrived at a list of three excellent and diverse finalists. As a committee, we continue to be impressed by the sincere interest and enthusiasm demonstrated by the shortlisted candidates. There is also a great sense of pride at the affirmation of UBC’s stature and promise on the world stage that has been consistently expressed during the shortlisted interviews.

Each of our three finalist candidates believe UBC is in a unique position to fulfill its potential to be one of the world’s leading universities of the 21st century, a university committed to providing an outstanding student experience, leading research, and a university relevant to the rapidly changing world in which we live. We will conduct final in-depth interviews with the finalist candidates later this month with the goal to reach a decision for recommendation to the UBC Board of Governors. We remain on track to announce our new President by June 30.

In closing, we collectively again take this opportunity to thank the UBC community for its ongoing support of the search process, and we look forward to announcing the next President who will lead us into our second century.

Presidential Search Committee

Aaron Bailey
Student Representative

Stuart Belkin
Board of Governors

Gordon Binsted
Deans Representative

Maureen Brophy
Staff Representative

Catherine Dauvergne
Deans Representative

Kelly Davies
Staff Representative

Paul Davies
Faculty Representative

Blye Frank
Deans Representative

Lindsay Gordon

Celeste Haldane
Board of Governors

Andrea Han
Staff Representative

Carol Jaeger
Senate Representative

Marianne Legault
Senate Representative

Darrin Lehman
Faculty Representative

Tom Macauley
Student Representative

Fiona Macfarlane
Board of Governors

Mark MacLachlan
Faculty Representative

Gregg Saretsky
Alumni Representative

Amber Shilling
Student Representative

Faye Wightman
Alumni Representative

Rickey Yada
Senate Representative

Campus Safety Alert

To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver

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This is a safety alert for the UBC Vancouver community.

The RCMP has issued a news release today advising of charges laid against two men in relation to a reported break and enter and sexual assault that occurred on April 30 in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue in Vancouver:

Police are seeking the assistance of the campus community in investigating this incident and ask that you provide any information to the University Detachment RCMP at (604) 224-1322.

While these two men were arrested at the scene, it is still important to be vigilant about your surroundings and to look out for one another when travelling on campus. We want to remind you there are safety-related services available to you year-round like the AMS Safewalk Program, the Translink Community Shuttle, and UBC Blue Phones that connect directly with UBC Campus Security. For more information on these resources, please see:

As warmer weather has arrived, it’s also important to remember:

  • Don’t prop open exterior doors or accessible windows in a residential building.
  • Don’t hold the door open for strangers following you into a residential building.
  • As always, please promptly report any suspicious people and activities to the RCMP.

We realize the recent incidents of voyeurism and sexual assault have been unsettling to the community and we share your concerns. UBC will continue to work with the police, Campus Security and other campus community partners to continuously look for ways to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff on campus. We will share more information about the recent incidents when possible as the police continue their investigation.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

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