Office of Civil Rights Title IX Review
OCR Findings Letter
On Feb. 21, 2017 President Johnsen received the findings letter from the Office of Civil Rights advising the university of the resolution of the compliance review of the system. A letter summarizing the OCR findings can be downloaded HERE.
Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
The University of Alaska has entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. This agreement results from OCR’s review of the university’s handling of sexual assault and sexual harassment incidents affecting students and employees on UA campuses. This agreement details a wide array of compliance issues, including 23 cases that exemplify problems across the system ranging from very serious failures to documentation issues, and it outlines specific steps we will take to improve safety and the campus climate throughout the University of Alaska system.
OCR Compliance Review
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced it would audit certain colleges around the country as a result of incidents and treatment of gender equality and sexual violence on American campuses. Shortly thereafter, the Office of Civil Rights announced it would conduct additional Title IX compliance reviews to ensure that other campus systems were appropriately handling issues of complaints and reports of sexual harassment, including sexual assault. The UA System was one of those additional universities selected for a compliance review.
The UA System welcomes this review. The safety of our employees and students is a priority. We look forward to continuing our work strengthening awareness, educational campaigns, services, policies and procedures.
News and Announcements on OCR review and Title IX
President Johnsen statement on Title IX (message to system staff Sept. 22)
UA employees are responsible employees
New policy reforms procedures for sexual discrimination, harassment and assault response
Title IX Training at the University of Alaska
First report of the Voluntary Resolution Agreement due May 1
University moving forward on terms of Voluntary Resolution Agreement
President Johnsen's Message to the UA Community on Voluntary Resolution Agreement
Message from President Johnsen on Title IX External Review
University Concludes First Climate Survey
University to officially designate staff and faculty as responsible employees
Campus Title IX Climate Survey Update
New Agreement Strengthens Sexual Assault Prevention and Victims’ Services
Campus Sexual Violence a National Discussion
Title IX mandatory training: Why here, why now?