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Employee comment sought on Native American cultural affiliation and repatriation policy

The University of California Office of the President invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy on Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation. The proposed policy substantively revises the existing Policy and Procedures on Curation and Repatriation of Human Remains and Cultural Items (“Current Policy”). The policy pertains to the treatment and repatriation of Native American and Native Hawaiian human remains and cultural items under the University's stewardship and the University's compliance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (“NAGPRA”), its accompanying regulations, and the California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (“CalNAGPRA”). 

California AB 2836 (enacted in 2018 and now incorporated into CalNAGPRA) requires the University to revise its Current Policy. In collaboration with the Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation Policy Advisory Workgroup (“Workgroup”)[1] established by Provost Michael Brown, UC developed Version 1 of this revised policy (“Policy Version 1”), which underwent systemwide review in August 2019. Policy Version 1 was also distributed to stakeholders across California for comment, including California Native American tribes on the Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) contact list and the NAHC itself. With the Workgroup, UC drafted a second version of this revised policy (“Policy Version 2”) in response to the feedback from the Academic Senate, Native American tribes, and the NAHC. UC then engaged in further consultation with California Native American tribes by inviting them to attend four public work sessions on UC campuses (UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis) in January and February 2020. In addition, UC representatives met with tribes one-on-one as requested to hear individual concerns. UC deliberated with the Workgroup to discuss concerns raised during the public work sessions, the one-on-one meetings, and letters sent by tribes and the NAHC. In conjunction with the Workgroup, UC drafted “Policy Version 3,” which is now being considered for systemwide review. Please visit http://ucal.us/nagpra for more details.

Below is a list of the significant changes present in Policy Version 3 from the current policy.                  

  • Creates a list of principles that emphasize the repatriation of Native American and Native Hawaiian human remains as a fundamental objective and value of the University.
  • Reconstitutes the Systemwide Committee and Campus Committees, if necessary, to include equal Native American representation.
  • Shifts final approvals of repatriation to the campus from UCOP to reduce delays in repatriation; the Systemwide Committee and UCOP will provide an oversight role and hear appeals of campus decisions.
  • Provides a detailed description of the Repatriation process via a Flowchart and Flowchart Narrative.
  • Provides a detailed description of the Consultation process all campuses must use when engaging with Native American tribes.
  • Requires campuses with NAGPRA/CalNAGPRA-eligible Cultural Items to appoint a Repatriation Coordinator to work with and assist Native American tribes to facilitate Repatriation.
  • Incorporates a process for disposition of Culturally Unidentifiable Human Remains and Cultural Items to either federally recognized tribes or non-federally recognized tribes (including California Indian Tribes) via NAGPRA (43 C.F.R. §10.11) and/or CalNAGPRA (Ca H&SC §§8010-30). 
  • Requires campuses create repatriation implementation plans including the following elements: invitations for consultation and proactive reevaluations of all previous determinations of culturally unidentifiable human remains or associated funerary objects; outreach to culturally affiliated tribes; outreach to controlling agencies to prompt and encourage their repatriation efforts; budgets; and timelines.
  • Prohibits research, instruction, destructive analysis, and other manipulation without tribal approval requirements.
  • Provides a more robust mechanism for tribes to appeal campus determinations.
  • Provides a means for tribes to submit complaints about the consultation process or access.
  • Provides direction for whistleblowers that would like to report noncompliance with this Policy.

[1] The Workgroup is comprised of four members nominated by the Academic Senate and four members nominated by the Native American Advisory Council, a body established by President Janet Napolitano to advise on a broad range of issues pertaining to Native Americans and Native Hawaiians at the University. 

The proposed policy is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Controller/Administrative_Policies_-_Business_Contracts/Policy_and_administrative_handbooks/ANR_Administrative_Handbook/Recent_Updates/

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu, no later than June 24, 2020. Please indicate “Native American Cultural Affiliation and Repatriation” in the subject line.

 

 

 

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:44 PM
Tags: April 2020 (14), policy (68)

Employee comments invited for protection of human subjects in research

The University of California invites comments on proposed revisions to Presidential Policy on Protection of Human Subjects in Research. 

This policy describes the responsibilities of the university, its campuses and researchers in protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research at UC.

The policy includes the following key revisions:

  • An explanation of the ethical principles that the university follows for human subjects research.
  • A statement that the university's commitment to human subjects applies to all human subjects research in which the University is engaged, regardless of funding source or the institution that provided the IRB (Institutional Review Board) review.
  • An explanation that campuses may replace specific Common Rule requirements with commensurate protections for human subjects when the university is engaged in research that is not subject to the Common Rule (e.g., research that is not federally funded or otherwise subject to federal oversight).
  • A description of the responsibilities of the campuses, IRBs, other oversight offices and committees, and researchers for compliance with this policy.

The proposed policy is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Controller/Administrative_Policies_-_Business_Contracts/Policy_and_administrative_handbooks/ANR_Administrative_Handbook/Recent_Updates/

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu no later than June 3, 2020. Please indicate “Protection of Human Subjects in Research” in the subject line.

 

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:53 PM
Tags: March 2020 (20), policy (68)

ANR Policy and Procedure Manual updated

Three sections of the UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual were recently updated as follows.

Section 206, Gifts to UC ANR (https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/291694.pdf) was expanded to include additional information, revised for clarity, and updated for revised UCOP policies and delegations of authority; policy changes were not made.

Section 481, Commodity Research Advisory Committees (https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/67525.pdf) was revised for minor formatting changes; policy changes were not made.

Section 487, UC ANR: A Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment (https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/181051.pdf) was updated to reference UCOP's Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy; policy changes were not made.

If you have any questions about the Policy and Procedure Manual, please contact Catherine Montano in Administrative Policies and Business Contracts at cmontano@ucanr.edu.

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3:52 PM
Tags: March 2020 (20), policy (68)

Employee comments invited for Gender Recognition and Lived Name policy

The University of California invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy: Gender Recognition and Lived Name. It is proposed that the policy be fully implemented by UC campuses and locations by July 1, 2021, and it includes the following key issues: 

  • The University must provide three equally recognized gender options on university-issued documents and information systems — female, male and nonbinary.
  • The University must provide an efficient process for students and employees to retroactively amend their gender designations and lived names on university-issued documents and in information systems.

The legal name of university students, employees, alumni and affiliates, if different than the individual's lived name, must be kept confidential and must not be published on documents or displayed in information systems that do not require a person's legal name.

The proposed policy is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Controller/Administrative_Policies_-_Business_Contracts/Policy_and_administrative_handbooks/ANR_Administrative_Handbook/Recent_Updates/.

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu, no later than May 15, 2020. Please indicate “Gender Recognition and Lived Name” in the subject line.

 

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3:17 PM
Tags: diversity (4), March 2020 (20), Policy (68), Robin Sanchez (17)

Comments invited for UC travel regulations

The University of California invites employee comments on a proposed revision to Presidential Policy Business and Finance Bulletin G-28: Travel Regulations.  The proposed policy revision includes the following key issues: 

  • Incorporate Internal Audit Recommendation to include requirement for documentation to support business or first class travel.
  • Incorporate Internal Audit Recommendation to include the need to document the business purpose of each day of travel.
  • Addition of a new section within policy that addresses sustainable travel recommendations.
  • Gender-neutral language

The proposed policy is posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Administration/Business_Operations/Controller/Administrative_Policies_-_Business_Contracts/Policy_and_administrative_handbooks/ANR_Administrative_Handbook/Recent_Updates.

If you have any questions or if you wish to comment, please contact Robin Sanchez at rgsanchez@ucanr.edu, no later than May 16, 2020. Please indicate “G-28 Travel Regulations” in the subject line.

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 1:03 PM
  • Author: Rachel Lloyd
Tags: February 2020 (18), policy (68), travel (9)

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