What’s next for UBC? Help shape our priorities.

To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

As you may be aware, UBC is in the midst of a comprehensive strategic planning process. UBC’s Next Century will serve as a road map, helping us focus even more intently on our core activities of education and research. It also provides an opportunity for you to help shape the priorities that will influence our university for years to come.

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you who have submitted comments to date, whether through the initial online survey, via the website or during our Facebook Live event. We recently posted some reports outlining what we have heard so far — you can find them at http://president.ubc.ca/strategic-initiatives/creating-our-strategic-plan/.

Your feedback has been shared with a Steering Committee made up of faculty, staff, students and alumni. The committee has considered these comments, along with other input, and identified draft strategic priorities for further consultation. We are now at the stage of inviting your input on these draft strategic priorities, with a series of open house events.

I encourage you to join the discussion and help shape UBC’s future. The event details are as follows:

UBC Okanagan
March 20 (Fipke Centre foyer)
March 30 (Fipke Centre foyer)

UBC Point Grey
March 23 (The Nest)
March 28 (Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre)

UBC Robson Square
March 27

William A. Webber Medical Student & Alumni Centre
March 29

You can find further details at http://president.ubc.ca/strategic-initiatives/provide-your-input/.

If you are not able to join one of the events, there are additional opportunities to share your ideas. A survey about the draft priorities, core commitments and challenges will be launched during the week of March 20. You can expect to receive a personal email invitation to complete this survey — so please look out for it.

As I have stated before, this is a great opportunity to help shape the future of our university. Whatever your role at UBC, I hope you will attend one of the events or share your thoughts via the survey.

Together we can transform an already outstanding institution from excellence to eminence.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Call for nominations for faculty representatives to the Senates

To: Faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan

In recent months, we have asked you to elect faculty representatives to the Board of Governors and Joint Faculties representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. Thank you to those who have submitted nominations and participated in the election process so far.

At this stage, we are now looking for nominations for Faculty-specific representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. Positions are available for two faculty members from each Faculty to serve on the Senate of their campus.

For information on eligibility and the nomination process, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/triennial1617

Nominations are now open and close at 4 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Reminder: Vote for Joint Faculties representatives on the Vancouver Senate

To: Faculty in Vancouver

Please be reminded that you have until February 23 to vote for Joint Faculties representatives on the Vancouver Senate.

There are six candidates and four positions to fill. For more information about the candidates and instructions on how to vote, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/joint-faculties-representatives-vancouver-senate.

Elections will close at 4 pm on Thursday, February 23.

If you have any questions, please email elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Update on the search for a new Vice-President, Research

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

I am writing to inform you that a global search for a suitable candidate for the position of Vice-President, Research is now underway.

The Vice-President, Research will report to the President and provide leadership in the development and administration of research at UBC. This role will also be responsible for the promotion of interdisciplinary research programs at both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. The Vice-President, Research will be an articulate, credible advocate for the full range of the university’s research, and will establish and maintain effective liaison with external funding agencies, business, industry, government, and the broader community.

In accordance with UBC Policy #18, I have established a committee to support this search process and prepare a recommendation of a suitable candidate for the position. The committee consists of:

  • Santa J. Ono, Chair
  • Michael Treschow, Board of Governors
  • Alan Shuster, Board of Governors
  • Terry Zhang, Board of Governors
  • Matthew Evenden, Faculty of Arts
  • Jean Shoveller, Faculty of Medicine
  • Stephen Foster, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • John-Paul Heale, University-Industry Liaison Office
  • Philip Barker, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Louise Nelson, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Lisa Ritland, Graduate Student
  • Haibo Fong, Graduate Student

A member of the President’s Office staff will act as non-voting secretary to the committee.

The search committee invites you to provide feedback on the draft position description and candidate profile by March 3, 2017. The profile can be found at http://president.ubc.ca/files/2017/02/Executive-Brief-UBC-VPR-For-Community-Feedback.pdf

We also encourage you to send in nominations or suggestions of candidates for the position. All feedback and suggestions should be submitted via our search consultants at ubcvpresearch@boyden.com, and will be treated confidentially.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

Consultation on the second draft of UBC’s Sexual Assault Policy

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

This week the UBC Board of Governors approved a second draft of the policy, known as Policy #131 — Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct.

The initial draft of this policy was issued in June 2016, and a UBC community consultation period was held from June to October 2016. This included a series of information sessions and meetings with stakeholders.

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback during the consultation period. Key themes that emerged from the comments included the need for a central support office, and for a separate and distinct investigatory process.

As a result of that feedback, and the new BC legislation (the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act), a number of significant changes have been made to the draft policy. Given these changes, the university is once again inviting you to provide feedback. This latest consultation period will be open until March 14, 2017. You can view the draft policy online at http://universitycounsel.ubc.ca/open-policy-consultations/policy-131-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-misconduct/.

We encourage you to engage in this process and provide comments on the new draft of Policy #131 — Sexual Assault and Other Sexual Misconduct. Please submit feedback via email to university.counsel@ubc.ca or through the confidential feedback survey available at https://survey.ubc.ca/s/policy131consultation2017/.

In addition, there will be two public information sessions. One will take place on the Vancouver campus on February 28, 2017, and one will take place on the Okanagan campus on March 6, 2017. You can find more details at http://sexualassaultresponse.ubc.ca/.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have participated in the policy development process to date, in particular the members of the Sexual Assault Policy Committee, the University Sexual Assault Panel, and the Steering Committee on Sexual Assault.

It is important that we continue to facilitate meaningful engagement around these issues. Thank you once again to all those who have taken the time to submit feedback.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel

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