General Information and Accreditation

Policy Statement

This catalog is designed to provide current and accurate information for guidance of prospective students, for faculty and administrative officers, for students currently enrolled, and for other education or allied agencies. It is published for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and the University of Alaska Southeast.

The offering of course work and/or certificate and degree programs by the University of Alaska Southeast is governed by the availability of resources. Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate at the time the catalog is prepared. Information concerning regulations, programs, faculty, and other matters is, however, subject to change at any time during the period for which the catalog is in effect. The university reserves the right to initiate changes in any of its regulations or programs, and such changes shall become effective in relation to time periods required by applicable statutes, university regulations, or program requirements. Applicants are therefore advised to contact individual departments regarding possible changes.

Online Catalog Updates

The academic catalog will no longer be printed as it will be exclusively available online. Updates may be made as deemed necessary.

Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free Campuses

The university is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its students, employees, and visitors, by prohibiting tobacco use and smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products, within its campuses and facilities.

Regional Accreditation

The University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education (8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, Washington 98052; phone (425) 558-4224). www.nwccu.org.

Specialized Accreditations

Teacher Education

The School of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caepnet.org was previously known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

This accreditation covers initial and advanced teacher preparation programs. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. CAEP is recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Health Information Management

The Health Information Management (Associate degree) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Notice of Nondiscrimination

University of Alaska Southeast

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has adopted the following Nondiscrimination and Title IX Compliance Policy (P01.02.020):

It is the policy of the board that in accordance with federal and state law, illegal discrimination against any individual because of race, color, religion, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy or parenthood is prohibited. Decisions affecting individuals shall be based on the individual’s qualifications, abilities and performance, as appropriate.

The Board of Regents of the University of Alaska System affirms its commitment to a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which educational programs and activities are free of discrimination on the basis of sex. The board further affirms its commitment to respond appropriately to sexual harassment and sexual violence, in accordance with applicable law as amended from time to time.

The full policy can be reviewed at the University of Alaska Board of Regents website.

Board policy is pursuant to Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Civil Rights Act of 1991; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Executive Order 11246 and Executive Order 11375, as amended; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Age Discrimination Acts of 1967 and 1975; Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and 1992; the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008; Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978; Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986; Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Section 508 as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998; Alaska Statutes 14.18.010, 18.80.200, and 18.80.220 which guarantees equal opportunity to individuals and protected classes within our society.

This policy affects employment policies and actions, as well as the delivery of educational services at all levels and facilities of the University. Further, the University's objective of ensuring equal opportunity will be met by taking affirmative action: i.e., making intensified, goal-oriented efforts to substantially increase the participation of groups where their representation is less than proportionate to their availability; providing reasonable accommodations to employees and students with disabilities; and ensuring that employment opportunities are widely disseminated to agencies and organizations that service underrepresented protected classes.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Director of Human Resources
Gail Cheney
11066 Auke Lake Way
Hendrickson Building, Suite 202
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone: 907-796-6473
Web: http://uas.alaska.edu/hr
Email: gcheney@alaska.edu

Title IX Coordinator
Lori Klein
11066 Auke Lake Way
Hendrickson Building, Suite 202
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-796-6036
Web: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/policies/titleix.html
Email: laklein@alaska.edu

External Resources

For employment or educational discrimination, students, parents, employees and applicants for employment may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act. In addition, the Office of Civil Rights, Seattle Office also enforces complaints for discrimination related to Department of Labor funded grants.

Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Ave., Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Telephone: 206-607-1600
TTY/TDD: 206-607-1647
Fax: 206-607-1601
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
Web: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

For employment discrimination, employees and applicants for employment may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the below addresses within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
350 The Embarcadero
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105-1260
Phone: 800-669-4000
Web: http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfm

For educational discrimination, individuals may file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Justice.

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Educational Opportunities Section, PHB
Washington, D.C. 20530
Phone: (202) 514-4092 Phone (toll-free): 877-292-3804
Fax: 202-514-8337
Email: education@usdoj.gov
Web: http://www.justice.gov/crt/how-file-complaint#three

For employment or educational discrimination, you may file a complaint with the State of Alaska.

Alaska State Human Rights Commission
800 A Street, Suite 204
Anchorage, AK 99501-3669
Phone (Anchorage area): 907-274-4692
TTY/TDD (Anchorage area): 907-276-3177
Toll-Free Complaint Hot Line (in-state only): 800-478-3177
TTY/TDD Toll-Free Complaint Hot Line (in-state only): 800-478-3177
Web: www.humanrights.alaska.gov

For discrimination related to a Department of Labor funded grant, individuals may file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Labor within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

U.S. Department of Labor
Civil Rights Center
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room N-4123
Washington, DC 20210
Fax: 202-693-6505
Email: CRCExternalComplaints@dol.gov
Web: http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/index.htm

For discrimination related to a National Science Foundation funded grant, individuals may file a complaint with the National Science Foundation within 180 calendar days of the alleged discriminatory act.

National Science Foundation
Complaints Adjudication & Compliance Manager
Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI)
Phone: 703-292-2104
Email: tsisley@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/od/odi/

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination in education. All members of the University of Alaska Southeast community and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of gender and sex-based discrimination, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Title IX Reporting and Resources

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of sexual misconduct are encouraged to consult with a confidential resource and/or report the incident immediately. Confidential resources are people or services not required to report disclosures of sexual misconduct to other campus or community authorities. At UAS, confidential resources include campus and community counseling services and advocate services. Confidential resources can provide a wide range of options available to victims. To access a list of confidential resources, please visit: uas.alaska.edu/policies/titleix

Title IX staff at UAS are trained to assist in responding to reports of gender-based or sexual misconduct. When a report is received, UAS will take steps to assist the victim in making sure that the behavior is stopped, to prevent its recurrence and to provide remedies. Title IX Resource Staff are available on the Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses. To identify a trained staff member, please visit: uas.alaska.edu/policies/titleix

Though anonymous reports are permitted, doing so may limit the university’s ability to investigate and respond to a complaint. Anonymous reports can be made at: www.alaska.ethicspoint.com

To submit a report, contact:

Lori Klein
11066 Auke Lake Way
Hendrickson Building, Suite 202
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-796-6036
Email: laklein@alaska.edu / uas.title9@alaska.edu

Employee Responsibilities Under Title IX

In order for UAS to respond effectively and to proactively stop instances of gender-based and sexual misconduct, all employees must report information they have about alleged or possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX staff member. UAS counselors and health care providers are considered confidential resources, and are not required to inform Title IX staff when they receive a report.

Title IX Prevention and Awareness Efforts

The UAS Title IX office, in conjunction with campus and community partners, will provide a wide range of programming each year to raise awareness of and prevent incidences of power-based interpersonal violence and increase student and employee safety. UAS’ offers bystander intervention as our primary prevention program through Green Dot, Inc. an evidence-based national curriculum.

Statement of Inclusivity

At the University of Alaska Southeast, inclusivity is paramount—for all of the students, faculty, staff, and community members who choose our campuses in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan—as we strive to provide safe and diverse accommodations and services for anyone and everyone to call home. Through empathy, respect, communication, and commitment, UAS provides this statement of
inclusivity to show our dedication to embracing and understanding the challenges and triumphs of our university family.

Student success is integral to the overall success of the state of Alaska. It is our duty to create an atmosphere of acceptance and growth, while continuously evolving as a university in ways that encourage discourse and action.

UAS will provide a progressive, supportive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors inclusive of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy or parenthood.

With our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and community, UAS strives to:

Respect the opinions and experiences of those who choose to share them, while providing a safe and accepting environment for everyone.

Understand that differences make us unique, and in turn, help our university become a vibrant, cultural, and artistic center for education.

Train and educate the university community through seminars, courses, and encompassing discussions that open our minds and hearts to the plights and concerns of underrepresented populations.

And above all, learn about ourselves and each other in an effort to create meaningful alliances; engage in active and productive conversations about diversity; and confront and change negative perceptions of inclusivity and identity.