Title IX Compliance
RECENT NEWS:

Statement on Title IX

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen released the following statement Sept. 22 on Title IX:

“Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education withdrew Title IX guidance in its 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and its 2014 Q&A. In their place the department issued interim guidance for handling complaints of campus sexual assault and harassment. As we evaluate the new guidance and consider its implications, the University of Alaska will continue to abide by our Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as well as policies established by the UA Board of Regents. We will continue to work within those existing frameworks, while considering adjustments to improve overall campus safety and fairness to all involved. We will also participate in the Department’s planned rulemaking process in this critical area.

The University of Alaska is committed to campus safety and has made great strides toward improvements on our campuses through comprehensive training and prevention programs; effective and balanced measures to ensure due process and continued access to education; fair, prompt, thorough and trauma-informed investigations when incidents occur; and, fair and effective sanctions when warranted.

Recognizing that campus safety is always a work in progress, we will maintain our vigilance regarding sexual assault and harassment, even as federal guidance changes.” - President Jim Johnsen 

Nondiscrimination Notice updates

On September 19 the university met another reporting obligation for its Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the Office for Civil Rights – the propagation of the new nondiscrimination notice systemwide. UA submitted evidence of hundreds of updates made across the system including websites, handbooks, hiring documents, orientation materials and virtually every publication or flier.

While we made great strides in increasing the visibility and standard use of the nondiscrimination notice, this will be an area for continuous improvement. There are likely still many fliers, brochures, websites and other items that still need updating.

As you navigate through university resources, update publications or see printed pieces that do not have the nondiscrimination notice please take a few moments to add, or ask your colleague to add, the proper notice. The link is www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

 

Feb. 22, 2017 – A letter summarizing the OCR findings can be downloaded HERE.

Feb. 20, 2017 - The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. INFORMATION

President Johnsen's Message to the UA Community on Voluntary Resolution Agreement PDF

Read the Voluntary Resolution Agreement HERE.

RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Nondiscrimination

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of non-discrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Know Your Nine: Here's a great, brief video on nine things you need to know about Title IX (in only 89 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFAs9fegJsI

Duty to Report

For the university to respond effectively and to proactively stop instances of gender-based and sexual misconduct, all employees must report information about alleged or possible sexual misconduct to the campus Title IX office.

For more information on being a responsible employee visit: www.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/responsibile-employee/

Title IX Compliance

When incidents of sex based harassment or violence are reported, the university will take immediate action to stop the harassment, remedy the victim, conduct prompt and thorough investigations and prevent recurrence. This process will typically be completed in 60-business days. If there is a parallel criminal investigation or if the Title IX investigation occurs partially during school breaks, investigations may be paused and take longer. Title IX will maintain regular contact with law enforcement to determine when it may begin or resume its investigation. Title IX will not delay its investigation until the ultimate outcome of the criminal investigation. Full details are contained in BOR Policy and University Regulation and can be accessed at:
Chapter 01.04. Sexual and Gender-Based Discrimination

Laws and Guidance:

Office of Civil Rights "Dear College Letter April 4, 2011" PDF
Office of Civil Rights "Q & A on Title IX" PDF
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; 20 U.S.C., sections 1681-1688
34 C.F.R. Part 106
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013
Not Alone Report

Office of Civil Rights Review:

Feb. 20, 2017 - The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. INFORMATION

The UA System was one of hundreds of universities selected for a compliance review.
OCR review of UA -  INFORMATION

Chief Title IX Officer
Mary Gower
msgower@alaska.edu
(907) 450-8145

As Chief Title IX Officer, Mary Gower has primary responsibility for coordinating the university's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all operations of the university, as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX. The Chief Title IX Officer will assist the University of Alaska in achieving its goals of providing an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment by leading the university's response and compliance efforts related to Title IX.

Contact University of Alaska Title IX Offices to make a report or find Title IX information
Additional resources on reporting options can be found at www.alaska.edu/stopthesilence  

Anchorage - Office of Equity and Compliance
Title IX Coordinator
Ronald Kamahele, Acting Title IX Coordinator/Director of Equity and Compliance
rckamahele@alaska.edu
907-786-4680
Bridget Dooley, Title IX Coordinator (on leave)
Office of Equity & Compliance
(907) 786-1424
bdooley2@uaa.alaska.edu

Fairbanks - Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Title IX Coordinator
Margo Griffith
(907) 474-7599
margo.griffith@alaska.edu

Juneau - Title IX
Title IX Coordinator

Lori Klein
(907) 796-6036
laklein@alaska.edu

 

Sexual Harassment is Discrimination

The University of Alaska is committed to providing a safe and respectful campus environment free from gender-based violence and sexual harassment (including harassment based on an actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression).

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Repeated requests for dates that are turned down, or unwanted flirting
  • Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing or body parts
  • Emails or pictures of a sexual or other harassment-related nature
  • Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or posters
  • Telling lewd jokes or sharing sexual anecdotes
  • Unwanted jokes, gestures, offensive words on clothing, unwelcome comments

When there's a report of sexual discrimination or misconduct the university will:

  • Stop the discrimination
  • Provide remedies and other support
  • Prevent the recurrence of further discrimination

To submit a report of gender-based or sexual misconduct, contact your Title IX coordinator.

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