Overview

Chancellor Daniel M. White and his leadership team held a discussion about creating a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring. The discussion was led by the chancellor and included the following speakers:

  • Keith Champagne, vice chancellor for student affairs
  • Margo Griffith, director of equity and compliance, and Title IX/504 coordinator
  • Evon Peter, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education
  • Anupma Prakash, provost and executive vice chancellor

If you missed it, you can watch it here: https://media.uaf.edu.

Q: What should employees do when a person in power (i.e. an executive) is a bully

A: Employees who feel they are being bullied by anyone, including someone in power, should file a conduct complaint. Here are few mechanisms to file a complaint:

— Brad Lobland, director UAF Human Resources


Q: Given the Trump administration's intent to roll back federal protections for transgender people, plus the steps backwards that Betsy DeVos has taken, how will UAF respond to ensure that trans students, staff, and faculty feel welcome and included?

A: UAF will continue its efforts to be a welcoming and inclusive campus for all students, faculty and staff. We believe we are a better institution when everyone can participate fully, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, religion, marital status, etc.

— Anupma Prakash, UAF provost and executive vice chancellor


Q: Explain how the Title IX process is NOT biased (against victim and reporter) when the Title IX office is run by the university itself as any investigation that conclude with a misconduct ends up on official records, including the university's name.

A: It is in the university’s best  interest to handle these situations correctly, and it is the right thing to do. This is evidenced by President Johnsen’s culture change initiative and Chancellor White’s initiative to create a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring. There are several ways we ensure due process and appropriate handling of cases at the department level. I invite anyone interested in this to contact me to discuss this further. I can be reached at 474-7300 or mcgriffith@alaska.edu.

— Margo Griffith, director, Department of Equity and Compliance, and Title IX/504 coordinator


Q: What is the vision to ensure that women leaders have the support of "safe" mentorship at UAF?

A: UAF is working on providing a one-on-one mentorship to incoming women faculty through a formal mentoring arrangement. UAF is also working to bolster its informal mentoring networks for women through other groups such as the Committee on the Status of Women, IDEA Task force, University Women’s Association and Faculty Development Team.

— Anupma Prakash, UAF provost and executive vice chancellor


Q: More than 95% of sexual assaults and sexual harassment claims that are reported to the Title IX office are considered false reports. The national average for false reporting is less than 2%. Is the Title IX office protecting our students or the university brand?

A: In fiscal year 2018, there were 218 reports submitted to the Department of Equity and Compliance, which receives reports on all forms of discrimination, including Title IX reports. Of those reports, 15 were forwarded for further action under Title IX. But this does not mean that other reports were found to be false. There are many reasons why a report is not forwarded, one of which is a complainant's wish to receive assistance but not go through an investigatory process. When a report is submitted, all individuals are offered interim measures, assistance and resources, regardless of how the report is handled. For more information, please feel free to contact me at 474-7300 or mcgriffith@alaska.edu. You can also visit the Title IX website for details on the Title IX report response protocol, resources, and statistics and documentation.

— Margo Griffith, director, Department of Equity and Compliance, and Title IX/504 coordinator

A  discussion of UAF's budget will take place from 1-2 p.m. in the Wood Center ballroom and will also be webcast at https://media.uaf.edu for those who can’t make it in person. Questions can be submitted in advance. 

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