January 27, 2020
TO: Executive Council Members:
UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield
UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen
UAF Chancellor Dan White
UA VP Paul Layer
UA VP Michelle Rizk
FROM: James R. Johnsen
SUBJECT: Equity and Compliance
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Board of Regents' steadfast 2019 commitment Board to meeting, safe "no campuses. matter As what stated the by new Regent federal Davies regulations at the indicate, November the Board's expectation is to continue efforts ... to maintain strong vigilance and to retain compliance with Title IX." The Ad Hoc Committee on Title IX meets February 6 and will brief the full Board at the February Board meeting.
Through Regents' Policy O 1.04, the Board has assigned to the Chancellors primary responsibility for compliance with Title IX at each university. That same policy requires that the president ensure system oversight and coordination among the universities. Pursuant to this responsibility, I am writing to communicate the following basic expectations as we seek OCR permission Department to of close Edu out cation. the These Voluntary expectations Resolution will remain Agreement in with place the until further notice.
As always, the Board's primary requirement is that students, staff, faculty and visitors to our campuses involved in issues of possible discrimination or harassment be treated respectfully and fairly. Members of our university community interacting with our Equity and Compliance offices should experience an efficient administrative response that is consistent across the system, regardless of where the conduct occurred. In cases that necessitate an investigation, the process should be completed promptly, thoroughly, and equitably through the application of national best practices. Title IX Coordinators will continue to carry out their professional responsibilities with integrity by exercising sound judgment and upholding principles of fairness, good faith, and respect in their conduct with others. If resource issues which impact the proper administration of Title IX responsibilities arise, Title IX coordinators will work directly with their Chancellors to address those issues in a timely manner.
Title IX Coordinators will document in writing, through an annual status memo to their respective Chancellors and the Chief Title IX Officer, how the Board's requirement, as well as each of the following expectations, has been met during the preceding year. The status memo will be due by December 15 each year. In addition to outlining how the university met the Board's expectations, the status memo should address any challenges encountered in that endeavor, as well as the specific steps which were taken to overcome them.
Training and Staffing
- The Equity and Compliance Team (university Title IX Coordinators and the system Chief
Title IX Officer) will have expert knowledge of discrimination and harassment laws,
policies, and best practices. Each will ensure their training is current and will
maintain records of training completions.
- Equity and Compliance vacancies will be filled with speed and efficiency.
- Investigative staff and deputy coordinators will complete discrimination and harassment
training within three months of hire and subsequently receive regular ongoing training.
Title IX Coordinators will maintain records of their staffs training completions.
- Mandatory harassment and discrimination training will be offered online and in person
at each university to all students and employees. Universities and the system office
will collaborate on launch logistics, completion tracking, and timely notifications.
- Residence Life staff will receive customized training from the Title IX Coordinator or designee prior to the beginning of each academic year. The Residence Life protocol will be annually reviewed and updated in collaboration between the Title IX Coordinator and Residence Life leadership.
Communication and Collaboration
- The Chief Title IX Officer will serve as the central point of coordination in the
university system for Title IX compliance among the university offices with Title
- The Equity and Compliance team, in collaboration with General Counsel, will participate
in the university's efforts to revise UA Board of Regents' policy and university regulation
on sex discrimination and sexual misconduct for the Board's consideration.
- Title IX Coordinators and the Chief Title IX Officer will attend and collaborate as
a team in system-wide Equity and Compliance meetings and prepare regular metric and
- All students participating in off-campus programs will be notified of the university's
prohibition against sex discrimination, how and where to report incidents during the
off-site program, and the resources available.
- The Chief Title IX Officer will regularly update and/ or respond to inquiries from
the Board of Regents, Summit Team, university governance and other internal or external
- Title IX Coordinators will work, on a regular and ongoing basis, with their university
governance and other student committees to address strategies for improving the effectiveness
of university policies and procedures, harassment and discrimination prevention, support
services, and resources available to students.
- Title IX Coordinators will coordinate communications with their university's police
and local law enforcement regarding obligations under Title IX and ensure that memorandums
of understanding are kept current (within 5 years).
- Title IX Coordinators will hold quarterly meetings with all employees assigned to investigate complaints of sex discrimination at the university's community campuses and other sites to ensure that the institution is promptly and equitably responding to all complaints.
- Thorough and accurate records of each report of possible harassment or discrimination
will be maintained in the Maxient system. Equity and Compliance staff will document
all complaints and actions taken on reports of discrimination and harassment made
against students, employees, and third parties in a consistent manner. Title IX Coordinators
will ensure that the required information for each report, as determined by the Chief
Title IX Officer, is entered into the Maxient system.
- Title IX Coordinators will act as responsible stewards of the information received
within their offices and will ensure that all Equity and Compliance staff comply with
applicable laws, organizational policies, and directives pertaining to the access,
use, storage, retention, and disclosure of sensitive information.
- The Chief Title IX officer or designee will audit all Title IX records for quality assurance in order to identify any compliance concerns, patterns, or systemic problems. Each university will be responsive and timely in providing requested information and resolving any issues identified by the Chief Title IX officer.
Copy: General Counsel Mike Hostina
Chief Title IX Officer Mary Gower
UAF Executive Director and Title IX/ 504 Coord. Margo Griffith UAA Director /Title IX Coord. Sara Childress
Acting Title IX/ Clery Compliance Coord. Chase Parkey