June 2014

June 30, 2014 -- UAF Facilities vehicles

QUESTION

Why are UAF Facilities vehicles allowed to post Bible verse references on their windshields?? Also, it seems like most of the Facilities employees driving their vehicles are smoking, when the rest of campus is forbidden from smoking in the UAF vehicles they lease. Why is this?

RESPONSE

From Marianne Freelong, Customer Service Manager of Facilities Services

Facilities Services will look into the vehicle with a Bible verse in the windshield and have it removed.

If you see someone smoking in a Facilities vehicle, please report the incident to our Customer Service Center at 474-7000. Please make sure you include the E # of the vehicle.
 

June 30, 2014 -- Healthyroads Wellness rebate for FY15

QUESTION

Regarding the Healthyroads Wellness rebate for FY15 for $600, for eligible participants, is the rebate based on their biometric scores or does everyone who participated by the deadline get $600 rebate? Have just heard rumor that rebate is up to $600 & based on biometric screening results.

RESPONSE

From Erika Van Flein, Director of Benefits

"The $600 rebate is an incentive to participate in the wellness program. It is not based in any way on your results. UA will not know the results of your assessment or screening, only that you participated. "

The biometric screening is just one of the two activities you need to qualify for the $600 rebate. Be sure to also complete thePersonal Health Assessment at Healthyroads.com. Employees should use the Single Sign-On feature, using your UA username and password, from the benefits website. Spouses (including employees who have opted out and are covered under their UA-employee-spouse) should go directly to Healthroads.com to register and complete the PHA.

June 25, 2014 -- Dirt entrance to the Elvey parking lot

QUESTION

Is it possible to pave the dirt entrance to the Elvey parking lot (facing Butrovitch)? It's been dirt for several years now and the potholes that form on that driveway are bad.

RESPONSE

From Marianne Freelong, Customer Service Manager of Facilities Services

The asphalt plan is part of a large project to address the entire parking lot (Lot 9B). The project is with our Design & Construction team who are working on the design and time frames.

For more information, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Center at 474-7000.

June 19, 2014 -- Dirt road behind Reichardt building

QUESTION

Why has the dirt road behind Reichardt been closed?

RESPONSE

From Marianne Freelong, Customer Service Manager of Facilities Services

Due to construction traffic related to the sewer project on north campus this summer, the dirt road behind Reichardt between North Tanana and Sheenjek Drive is closed. Signs have been placed at three locations, including coming out of the Reichardt parking (Atco area). The dirt roadway is closed to the public to reduce conflicts with construction truck traffic.

June 19, 2014 -- Changing pictures in Signers'

QUESTION

Would it be possible to change the pictures that line the hallway between Signers' and Eielson every so often? I walk that hallway multiple times a day, and I'm tired of looking at the same pictures. With the marketing department upstairs, it should be easy to trade them out each semester.

RESPONSE

From Darcy Harrod, Marketing Manager and Interim Creative Director

Thanks for the suggestion, the photos have been up for a while. We'll look into it!

June 17, 2014 -- Class ranking

QUESTION

Why can't UAF tell me my class ranking?

RESPONSE

From Mike Earnest, Associate Director of the Office of Admissions & the Registrar

UAF does not rank graduating students. We do not calcuate, store, or report class rank in any way and it is not a part of a student's record. We offer the honors cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude for those students who meet the qualifications.

June 13, 2014 -- Campus flower planting

QUESTION

Why has there been no planting done on West Ridge? No flowers, no vegetables and it's mid-June!

RESPONSE

From Darrin "Bear" Edson, Superintendent of Operations

Thank you for your question. Due to a rapidly-changing construction planning and projects this spring, as well as concern about weather, our efforts for campus flower planting have been delayed. The crews are out on campus planting now and you should see flowers around campus soon.

June 10, 2014 -- Rebates

QUESTION

How is the rebate for completing the healthcare things going to appear?

RESPONSE

From Erika Van Flein, Director of Benefits

The rebate isn't paid in one lump sum, but rather on a pay period basis like the health plan deduction. Twelve month employees will get 26 "rebates," and less than 12 month employees will get 19. Employees who leave the university mid-year won't get the full amount. Likewise, employees who are hired during the year get the rebate after qualifying, with it paid from that point to the end of the plan year.

More information with details on the rebate will be sent out before the first payday in July.

To see related questions and answers, visit the Wellness Q&A (PDF), posted on the benefits website and the wellness page.

June 10, 2014 -- UAF Degree Works

QUESTION

My friend told me that UAF is getting rid of degree works. I hope that isn't true because I am just getting used it.

RESPONSE

From Mike Earnest, Associate Director of the Office of Admissions & the Registrar

Degree Works is used extensively by students, advisors, and by our staff in the Office of Admissions and the Registrar and at all campuses in the UA system. We have no intention of doing away with the software. In fact, we are looking at ways we can improve its use for undergraduate students, and to expand its capabilities for students in graduate programs.

June 6, 2014 -- Title IX investigation at UA campuses

QUESTION

I see that the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has launched a Title IX investigation at the University of Alaska system. What does this mean for UA staff and students?

RESPONSE

From Mae Marsh, Title IX Coordinator and Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

UA President Pat Gamble was notified on May 5, 2014 of OCR’s decision to conduct a compliance review examining the university’s handling of complaints and reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, to determine if the university has responded promptly and effectively, with particular emphasis on complaints of sexual assault.

This review is part of a broader, national effort to improve processes and compliance regarding sexual harassment/violence under Title IX. Last month, the White House released the first report by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assaults. At the same time, OCR released a 46-page FAQ on Title IX and Sexual Assault (PDF). In May, OCR released of a list of 55 colleges and universities that are either under investigation or undergoing compliance reviews. Concurrently, OCR announced that it had selected 32 unidentified colleges and universities for review. The UA systems is one of the educational institutions identified as part of the second round of reviews. The UAF administration takes the safety and well-being of our students seriously. The university looks forward to the review and any guidance from OCR on how to improve our response to sexual misconduct, but more importantly, how to prevent sexual assault on our campuses.

UAF’s charge of “See Something. Say Something. Do Something” is especially important when it comes to matters of sexual assault. If any community member has knowledge regarding incidents of sexual misconduct, they have a duty to report it to one of the authorities listed below.

§ 474-7300 - Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator

§ 474-7721 - Campus Police Department

§ 474-7317 - Dean of Students

§ 474-7700 - Human Resources

§ 474-7043 - Student Health and Counseling Center – Confidential resource

§ 447-7247 - Residence Life director

If you are a victim of sexual assault and want a confidential source to explore your options, UAF Health and Counseling is available to fill that role. Additionally, our professional staff of Title IX specialists are available to provide sound advice, ensure both the reported victim and accused are apprised of their rights, and conduct prompt and thorough investigations concurrently with any criminal investigation. Even if the assault occurs off campus, UAF can offer remedies and adjustments to assist the reported victim in their education or employment experience.

To learn more about Title IX or to report an incident, visit the UAF Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. You can also refer to guidance provided to employees in the Supervisor's Tool Kit.

June 5, 2014 -- Beehive near an office window

QUESTION

I think there may be a beehive close to my offices window, perhaps in the trees in the space between Signers' and Eielson buildings. Is this the kind of thing that should be reported to someone, and if so, to whom?

RESPONSE

Your concern has been forwarded to Facilities Services. Someone should be contacting you soon.

Building and facilities issues that need attention should be forwarded to dispatch@fs.uaf.edu or reported directly to 474-7000. Unsafe conditions should be reported to Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management here.

June 4, 2014 -- Shuttle bus radio

QUESTION

I think UAF should refrain from playing conservative talk radio on shuttle bus routes. I certainly don't mind shuttle drivers listening to the news (or music, or podcasts, etc) in general, but Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the bulk of KFAR programming don't seem like appropriate background for university services.

RESPONSE

Your suggestion has been passed along to Transportation Services. Passengers are more than welcome to ask a driver to turn down the radio if it's too loud or if they don't like the content of the program.

June 4, 2014 -- Retirement Incentive Program

QUESTION

In consideration of the budget constraints we are facing, is a RIP process a consideration? While not wanting to create a substantial loss of institutional knowledge, it is a method of salary savings. Thank you for your clarification.

RESPONSE

From Erika Van Flein

It's not that easy to offer a Retirement Incentive Program because it needs both Board of Regents' and state support through the Alaska Division of Retirement Benefits. There are also more employees who have opted for the Optional Retirement Program which doesn't offer as much savings for the university. So given the potential loss of talent and the lower possibility of savings, the university is not considering this option at this point.

June 2, 2014 -- West Ridge Café

QUESTION

Why is the West Ridge Café only serving daily special meals with one side now? It seems the vegetable/salad side has been removed. Previously we received two sides for the same price we are paying now. The meals now seem very over priced for what we receive, not to mention the quality of the meals has gone down. Many of the meals I've had lately are dry or overcooked.

On the same note, why was the breakfast burrito removed? It was a huge hit and I know quiet a few people who are not happy with the change. The sandwiches that are offered instead are always dry and over cooked. I personally have stopped purchasing breakfast at WC because of this.

RESPONSE

From Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, Contracts Manager

Thanks for your feedback. Our on-campus dining operations are contracted with NMS and we will pass along the feedback. In the future, feel free to complete a feedback card or speak with an individual directly at the location in question.


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