Freedom of expression – draft statement

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.

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

As follow-up to my September 5th letter to the UBC community, I received a draft statement on freedom of expression from an internal working group convened by Professor Neil Guppy, Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom.

The working group, comprising ten faculty and staff members, worked through several iterations of a statement. Input on an early draft was also received from elected student representatives (Senate and AMS).

I am grateful to the working group for moving this discussion forward, and would like to thank them for their hard work on this complex issue. The intent behind this process is to generate a draft document to serve as the focal point of a community discussion around freedom of expression.

The members of the working group are:

Alan Hu, Faculty of Science
Alan Richardson, Faculty of Arts
Janet Teasdale, VP Students
Judy Illes, Faculty of Medicine
Karl Aquino, Sauder School of Business
Mary Bryson, Faculty of Education
Michael Griffin, Faculty of Arts
Neil Guppy, Faculty of Arts (Working Group Lead)
Sally Thorne, Faculty of Applied Science
Shirley Nakata, Ombudsperson for Students

To continue this discussion, we would now like to hear from a broader set of voices, to facilitate as wide and deep a conversation as possible. To this end, we have provided the latest draft statement which we hope will serve as a catalyst to encourage discussion and debate about how freedom of expression should be understood and contextualized in the modern university community.

We welcome your thoughts and encourage you to view the statement online. We also invite you to be part of the conversation and share your own views from now until November 30, 2017. To view the statement and join the conversation visit

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


Join us for a conversation about your workplace experience

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.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Your workplace experience influences your ability to do your best work and has an impact on research, learning, the student experience, and community engagement. With over 15,000 faculty and staff, we all contribute to the success of UBC.

As you may have already seen in my broadcast email on November 1, I am asking all faculty and staff to participate in the 2017 UBC Workplace Experiences Survey by November 21. We need to hear from everyone so that we receive rich and representative insights into the workplace experience at UBC. For more information, including access to the survey, I encourage you to visit

I invite you to join me live on Facebook at 2:00pm this Friday, November 10, as I discuss faculty and staff engagement and answer your real-time questions. If you are unable to join in live, you can access the video online ( at a later time.

This event will be moderated by UBC Journalism Senior Instructor Kathryn Gretsinger. Also joining me will be special guests Professor Bill Aiello, Department of Computer Science, and Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine.

Go to Friday at 2:00pm to participate. I hope you will join in our live discussion.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Share your experience in the 2017 UBC Workplace Experiences Survey

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.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

UBC is a top-40 institution. Share your feedback on your experience being part of it.

Today, UBC invites all faculty and staff to take the 2017 Workplace Experiences Survey. The survey is your opportunity to share feedback on your experiences of UBC as a workplace.

You can access the online survey at: The survey closes on November 21, 2017.

The survey includes questions about topics, such as professional growth, health and wellbeing, leadership, inclusion and respect, as well as faculty-related topics, such as tenure and promotion.

  • It takes 15-20 minutes to complete;
  • All individual survey feedback is anonymous and confidential;
  • Reports are prepared for UBC overall, by campus, as well as at the unit level (for units with 10 or more respondents).

Your feedback will help shape future priorities and initiatives. Past results have shaped UBC-wide initiatives, such as health and wellbeing, internal communications, career navigation for staff, and orientation and onboarding.

UBC uses Canadian-based survey consultant TalentMap to administer the survey.

Learn more at:

Please note: the survey link will redirect to an external website hosted by our Canadian-based, third-party consultant TalentMap. The survey includes general demographic questions, however you will not be asked to provide personal information, such as your CWL or password. If you have any concerns, contact

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor  

Vancouver campus incident

To: Students in Vancouver

Yesterday, you may be aware that the RCMP confirmed a fatality on our Vancouver campus. It is with deep regret that I inform you, today, that this was a student from our UBC community.

Death can be difficult for us to understand, especially when it is sudden. Many of us may be confronted with a variety of emotions which might include shock, sadness and confusion. I know that those of you who have been affected will seek the support of family and friends. Please know that UBC cares about every member of our community and we are here for you as well.

If you want to talk to a professional about this tragic event there are many resources available:

UBC Counselling Services:
Room 1040, Brock Hall
1874 East Mall
604 822-3811

UBC Student Health Service:
Koerner Pavillion
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Room M334
604 822-7011

Our Chaplains from a variety of faiths are also available to help:

I recognize that heading into the weekend UBC Counselling Service and Student Health Service will be closed. Through the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan, students have access to Empower Me, a mental health service offering 24/7 counselling support. They can be reached toll-free at 1-844-741-6389.

During times like these it is important to remember that we are all part of the UBC community. In the coming days and beyond, I encourage each of you to continue to look out for one another, and help those in need, to access the supports available.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

External review of Enrolment Services

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

An external review of Enrolment Services is being carried out to assist the university as it considers the reappointment of Dr. Kate Ross. Dr. Ross’ current term as Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar comes to an end on 31 October, 2018. The terms of reference for the review can be found at

A review team will visit UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan between January 8 and 10, 2018. The members of the review team are:

  • Ms. Charmaine Hack, University Registrar, Ryerson University;
  • Ms. Melissa Pool, University Registrar, McMaster University;
  • Mr. Walter Wong, University Registrar, University of California, Berkeley.

The review team will meet with faculty, students, staff, senior administrators, registrars from other post-secondary institutions, and other individuals or groups that may interact with Enrolment Services at UBC.

Prior to their visit, the review team will receive documentation on all aspects of the unit’s operations, including the nature and quality of its services to students and faculty, its facilities and resources, its administrative structure and organization, and its internal and external linkages.

You are invited to provide relevant written comments – along with your name and affiliation to UBC – to Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, the review coordinator, by January 3, 2018. All comments will be held in strict confidence, and will be forwarded to the members of the review team. The reviewers’ findings will be of value to the senior administration, the unit itself, and the university community as a whole.

We strongly encourage you to participate in this important process – your input is greatly appreciated.

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Vancouver

Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

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