Your Equal Protection Rights at UAF Journalism

UAF Journalism students at a recent lecture by the prior host of NPR's Talk of the Nation, Neil Conan.

Adapted from the  Office of Equal Opportunity by the  UAF Journalism Department

UAF is an EO/AA employer and educational institution committed to diversity

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Journalism Policy

The Journalism Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment.   We seek to maintain an environment where diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and encouraged, and prepare journalists for the market who foster mutual respect, value differences, and promote cross cultural understanding. 

Your Rights

  • The Journalism Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a responsibility to provide a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
  • Discrimination refers to being adversely treated or affected, either intentionally or unintentionally, in a manner that unlawfully differentiates or makes distinctions on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, marital status, changes in marital status, disability, age, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam Era veteran.
  • Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It includes instances when such conduct is indicated to be a term or condition of an individual’s academic or employment experience, used as a basis for academic and employment performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic or employment environment.

Your Responsibility

  • If you feel you have been subjected to discrimination or sexual harassment, you should:
  • Make your feelings known verbally—
  • Calmly tell the person that the comments or behavior are unwelcome, unwanted, and offensive. Ask the person to stop. If needed, bring along another individual for support. If you are uncomfortable confronting the person…
  • Make your feelings known in writing—
  • Write a detailed description of what happened specifying that you find the person’s behavior offensive. Request that the behavior stop. Deliver the letter, memo or note to the person and keep a copy for yourself.
  • Use your campus contacts, department chair or supervisor—
  • If you are uncomfortable confronting the person or if the harassment/discrimination has continued.

The University’s Complaint Process

  • Board of Regents’ Policy and University Regulations outline the process faculty, staff and students may use to file informal and formal complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Informal Resolution Process

  • The purpose of informal resolution is to resolve an issue at the lowest administrative level. This stage involves using mediation or other processes that allow the parties to resolve the issue. If the informal effort is unsuccessful or if informal resolution is inappropriate based on the egregious nature of the alleged behavior, the claimant may file a formal complaint with Office of Equal Opportunity or with Human Resources Office.

Formal Resolution Process:

  • The formal resolution process is an administrative remedy which requires an investigation and written findings. The statements of the complainant, respondent and witnesses become part of a written record which is used for administrative review and action as necessary. Formal complaints alleging discrimination or sexual harassment must be in writing and submitted to either the Office of Equal Opportunity or Human Resources.

Resources: Within the University

Office of Equal Opportunity                                                                    

316 Signers’ Hall Building                                                                           

Fairbanks, AK 99775                                                                                     

Phone: (907) 474-6600                                                                               

Fax: (907) 474-5548                                                                                      

UAF Human Resources

108 Administrative Services

Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone: (907) 474-7700

Fax: (907) 474-5859

Department of Student Affairs                                                              

514 Gruening Building                                                                              

Fairbanks, AK 99775                                                                                   

Phone: (907) 474-7317                                                                               

Fax: (907) 474-7900                                                                                       

GI Human Resources

201G Elvey Building

Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone: (907) 474-6010

Fax: (907) 474-7395

Women’s Center                                                                           

(for referral to community crisis/assistance organizations)                                     

Phone: (907) 474-6360

University Police (for personal safety concerns)

Phone: (907) 474-7721 or 911

Resources: Outside the University

Alaska State Commission for Human Rights

800 A Street, Suite 204

Anchorage, AK 99501

Toll-free phone: (800) 478-4692

TTY (800) 478-3177

(For filing employment related complaints)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Office Building

909 First Avenue, Suite 400

Seattle, WA 98104-1061

Toll-free phone: (800) 669-4000

(For filing employment related complaints)

Office of Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

915 Second Avenue, Room 3310

Seattle, WA 98174

Phone: (206) 220-7900

TTY: (206) 220-7907

(For filing external student related complaints)

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