Title IX Compliance
RECENT NEWS:

2017 Campus Climate Survey Results

The results of the University of Alaska’s 2017 Campus Climate Survey are now available for review: PDF. Readers are forewarned that questions and definitions are explicit, and could be upsetting to some. It is normal to experience strong emotions and reactions to the content of this survey, especially for those who have experienced, or been affected by, attempted or completed sexual and/or partner violence. Please know that if you want to report a specific concern to campus authorities, reach out to a counselor or other professional for confidential help; and/or may have general questions or concerns to bring up on these topics a wide variety of resources are available. A complete list of contacts and resources can be found here: www.alaska.edu/stopthesilence.

The report provides current prevalence estimates projecting the number of university students that experienced sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking/harassment or sexual assault. Additionally, whether and to whom the incidences were reported, the likelihood of students to engage in protective behaviors and interventions in the future, and students’ assessments of the university’s campus climate. The report establishes baseline data for future study. 

The survey was conducted by the UAA Justice Center in October 2017. It was emailed to 10,000 degree-seeking undergraduate students. Of those, 710 students self-selected to participate. The survey is part of the university’s Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and will be conducted each academic year.

The university has taken significant steps toward addressing sexual assault and misconduct on its campuses, and has been public about past failings. This survey affirms the progress made to create a safer campus environment while underscoring that more needs to be done to improve our culture and meet our standards for recognizing and addressing sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. This ongoing work will involve each university and community campus using the climate survey’s findings to inform decisions and take further action. 

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
 Sara Childress
sgchildress@alaska.edu
(907) 786-6086

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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