Delta Affairs Weekly: Title IX on Rural Alaska Campuses

by Anna Rose MacArthur on May 6, 2016

The Kuskokwim Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks in Bethel will face budget cuts in FY 16.

The Kuskokwim Campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks.

How can the University of Alaska Fairbanks system better respond to sexual assault cases on its rural campuses? That’s what a group of men from UAF came to the Kuskokwim University Campus in Bethel last week to answer. KuC is the third rural campus the men have visited with this questions. The trip occurred just days after an external review called the UAF’s handling of five sexual assault cases between 2011 and 2014 failures. The University of Alaska system requested the review be conducted.

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The men’s visit at KuC lasted all day. They met with staff in the morning and then had lunch with met the Bethel Police Department, Bethel based Alaska State Troopers, and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation over lunch. And at the end of the day, they screened the documentary The Hunting Ground. The film shows how university campuses across the lower-48 failed to comply with Title IX in dealing with sexual assault cases against students.

Title IX is a federal law that guarantees gender equality in education and establishes how to handle sexual assault cases.

KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur speaks with Mike Powers, UAF Interim Chancellor; Kevin Calderara, UAF Title IX Investigator; and Steve Goetz, UAF Police Deputy Chief. Later in the interview, KYUK also talks with Mary Pete, KuC Director.

Delta Affairs Weekly is a Friday talk program examining the issues and people affecting Bethel and the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. The program airs live Friday at 11:30 a.m. with a replay at 8:30 p.m.

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