Title IX Compliance
RECENT NEWS:

Title IX Training at the University of Alaska

More than 70 University of Alaska employees from across the system responsible for processing, investigating, adjudicating, and/or resolving complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, received training in Fairbanks and online June 12 from NCHERM: The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management.

Additionally, 28 university staff members earned their Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) Civil Rights Investigator Level Two Certification during the week-long training session that covered Title IX and other laws, investigation guidelines, issue spotting, strategy development and other key topics.

Training content focused on topics outlined in the February 16, 2017 Voluntary Resolution Agreement the university entered into with the Office for Civil Rights, including but not limited to:

  • How to conduct adequate, reliable and impartial investigations of sex discrimination, including how to handle incidents that occur off campus.
  • Consent and the role drugs and alcohol can play in the ability to consent.
  • The provision of interim measures and the need for remedial actions for the perpetrator, complainant and school community.
  • The requirement of fully documenting all steps of an investigation and resolution, including any testimony collected from witnesses, the start and stop dates of any investigation suspension, the offer and acceptance or decline of interim relief, and the issuance of notice to all parties.

The first two days of training were filmed, please contact Mary Gower (msgower@alaska.edu) for a link to that recording.  Supervisors may wish to identify a 20-minute segment for their staff to view in advance of their next staff meeting for discussion.

The training week closed with a university General Counsel session on the investigative process and a discussion synthesizing content over the week and addressing any remaining questions.

While this intensive training was for employees directly involved in handling Title IX reports, it’s important to remember that all faculty, all staff, and all Residence Life student employees are responsible employees and are required to complete the Haven Title IX training at UAOnline annually. University employees must know their campus Title IX Coordinators and be familiar with the processes for reporting violations of the sexual harassment and gender discrimination policy. The new policy, P 01.04, should be reviewed by all employees for further information on the university’s commitment to providing support, services and due process in all situations. Please contact your Title IX Coordinator or Human Resources Office for more information. 


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/titleIXcompliance/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
Bridget Dooley
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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