Dear Bruin Community:
The UCLA Academic Senate and Administration Joint Task Force on Investigatory and Judiciary Processes (JTF-IJP) recently concluded its work and submitted its final report (PDF) to Academic Senate and Administrative leadership. A multi-phase UCLA effort, this task force was charged with identifying, inventorying and mapping all UCLA-based investigatory and judiciary processes with the ultimate goal of promoting non-discrimination and collegial conduct.
Over the past year, the Joint Task Force gathered information via surveys sent to over 120 individuals representing 33 administrative and 18 academic units, as well as through interviews with nine academic departments. The resulting report provides an assessment of the various offices and entities tasked with compliance oversight and offers recommendations for immediate consideration, along with future coordination of efforts across the institution. The Joint Task Force compiled recommendations for actions that can help improve processes on campus for handling inquiries of various sorts, as well as to ameliorate some of the identified concerns and challenges including clarifying referral pathways and improving communication. In the coming months, the Administration and Academic Senate will provide updates outlining additional steps to take based on the Joint Task Force’s work.
We would like to thank the Joint Task Force’s members for their steadfast and thorough work collecting, analyzing and reporting the data. Co-chaired by Professor of Law Clyde Spillenger, Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel Mike Levine and Interim Vice Provost for Academic Personnel Kathleen Komar, membership on the committee included:
- Chandra Bhatnagar, assistant vice chancellor for civil rights, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Medell Briggs-Malonson, chief, health equity, diversity and inclusion, UCLA Health
- Karis Chi, senior campus counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
- Sandra Graham, distinguished professor of education, presidential chair in education and diversity, School of Education & Information Studies
- Moira Inkelas, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health
- Sheryl Kataoka, professor emeritus, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine
- Vilma Ortiz, professor, Department of Sociology
- Jasmine Rush, interim dean of students, Student Affairs
Academic Senate Principal Policy Analyst Marian Olivas, Executive Director April de Stefano and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Ryan Adserias provided staff support.
We appreciate the extensive efforts of the Joint Task Force in creating this collective understanding of investigatory and judiciary processes at UCLA.
Chair, UCLA Academic Senate
Anna Spain Bradley
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion