Review of Res Life to start within a month
Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Feb. 25, 2014
Chancellor Brian Rogers has released an official statement regarding the student government resolution that asks for the policies and practices of the Department of Residence Life.
“I will have a third party review of our Residence Life program completed by human resource and student services professionals,” Rogers said. “The review will include opportunities for students and staff to share their thoughts and suggestions.”
Rogers expects the review to begin within the next 30 days and for the investigation’s results to be shared with the UAF community after the summer break.
In his statement, the Chancellor said that the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a residential campus, acknowledging the importance of strong programs managing student residency.
“Students should expect and receive a safe, engaged, dynamic, positive, supportive and responsive residential setting,” Rogers said in the statement.
The Associated Students of UAF began work on the resolution, “SR 181-001 Reformation of Residence Life Policies and Practices” in September. Senator Ashley Strauch and President Ayla O’Scannell cowrote and sponsored the resolution. The resolution was passed unanimously by the senate in December.
The official resolution and non-anonymous testimonies were sent to Rogers and Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga two weeks ago. Of the testimonies submitted to ASUAF, the majority were negative, according to an official summary statement provided by ASUAF Office Manager and Advisor Anne Williamson.
The issues brought up by the testimonies covered a variety of topics from poor communication to the treatment of employees. Half of them cited the policies of Res Life being poorly enforced, overbearing or inconsistent.