UBC News

Wireless Issues Following iOS 11 Update

Some users may be experiencing issues connecting to UBC’s wireless network after updating to iOS 11.

Please follow these steps to reconnect:

Forget the UBC wireless network you are trying to connect to.

  • Go to Settings > Wireless > find the network
  • Select the information icon on the right
  • Click “Forget This Network”

Connect to ubcvisitor. Using a browser, head to the following websites below to launch the Autoconnect utility for the network you are trying to connect to.

See all UBC IT Bulletins at http://bulletins.it.ubc.ca.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort by government and business leaders from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand to put into effect better practices and safeguards to combat cybercrime. At UBC, we are acutely aware of the importance for all faculty, staff and students to take time every day to safeguard our collective privacy.

Take the Clean Desk Test!

This month, make privacy and information security a priority in your daily life. Take the Clean Desk Test to see how many privacy and information security risks you can spot. All complete entries will have a chance to win an iPad mini, or one of two $50 Best Buy gift cards. Read contest details.

Go further

If you haven’t already, take the Privacy & Information Security Fundamentals online training course. All faculty, staff, researchers, teaching assistants, and other members of the UBC community who deal with sensitive, confidential or personal information should take this training to understand the security measures needed to protect private information.

Orange Shirt Day: Recognizing the History and Legacy Left Behind by Residential Schools

Orange Shirt Day: Recognizing the History and Legacy Left Behind by Residential Schools

Each year on Sept. 30, we recognize Orange Shirt Day as an acknowledgement of the harm that the residential school system did to thousands of indigenous children. At the same time, Orange Shirt Day has come to mean more – it is an opportunity to do anti-racism work and to reinforce anti-bullying policies; it is a time to come together in reconciliation and truth. Join us at UBC by wearing orange on Friday, Sept. 29.

On April 1, 2017, UBC raised a Reconciliation Pole at the Vancouver campus symbolizing the experiences of residential school students and the path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Likewise, at UBC Okanagan, the Story Poles by Les Louis represent the seven bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and uses ancestral pictographs to tell their stories.

As a teaching, learning, and research institution, UBC’s efforts are further focused on exploring and advancing knowledge in regards to our collective history and experiences, including through the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre scheduled to be open in 2017/2018 academic year.

Learn more at http://equity.ubc.ca/2017/09/26/orange-shirt-day-every-child-matters/.

Stadium Neighbourhood Public Consultation

Stadium Neighbourhood Public Consultation

UBC is beginning to plan a new neighbourhood in the area around Thunderbird Stadium, and we want your input and ideas to help shape this process. Between Sept. 28 to Oct. 22, share your insights on living, working, studying and playing at UBC. Your experience can help guide our planning decisions.

Join the conversation by taking the online survey at planning.ubc.ca/stadium, or attending one of the open houses.

Public Open House Dates

Saturday, Sept. 30, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wesbrook Community Centre, 3335 Webber Lane

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Old Barn Community Centre, 6308 Thunderbird Blvd

Thursday, Oct. 5, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
K. Barber Learning Centre, Second-floor lobby

Pride Convergence – Summer Edition, July 31

Pride Convergence – Summer Edition, July 31

UBC Alumni and the Equity & Inclusion Office invite UBC LGBT2SQIA+ staff and faculty to the Summer Pride Convergence on July 31.

Meet other members of the UBC LGBT2SQIA+ community, enjoy complimentary food and drinks, and hear from UBC’s new Provost and VP Academic Professor Andrew Szeri.

RSVP to events@equity.ubc.ca

Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Location: Main Floor, Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Workplace First Aid for Employees at the Vancouver Campus

At UBC, departmental First Aid attendants are trained in Level 1 first aid to provide quick response to minor injuries. For more serious injuries in the workplace, UBC has a central Mobile First Aid unit. Mobile First Aid at the Vancouver campus is provided for employees (by the Vancouver Fire Department)  by calling 604-822-4444 (or 2-4444 from a university telephone). This service is available 24/7.

In the event of an emergency or serious injury, call 911, then call Mobile First Aid at 2-4444.

What happens when an employee calls 604-822-4444?

  • Calls to 604-822-4444 go to the non-emergency dispatch within the Metro Vancouver E-Comm Centre.
  • Workplace first aid incidents are directed to the Vancouver Fire Department for response.
  • All Fire Department Responders have Occupational First Aid Level 2 or higher certification.

When an employee calls 604-822-4444, they should:

  • Provide information on the condition of the patient;
  • Know the address of the building;
  • Send someone out to the main entrance to direct the Fire Department to the location of the patient.

Full information on first aid at UBC can be found at http://rms.ubc.ca/health-safety/safety-programs/first-aid/workplace-first-aid-for-employees/.

UBC Emergency Preparedness Exercise: June 28

UBC Emergency Preparedness Exercise: June 28

UBC Vancouver is conducting an emergency exercise on June 28 on the south campus where Main Mall meets Agronomy Road [map].

Faculty, staff, students and visitors may notice role-playing activity, which will involve a simulated emergency, emergency responders and mock casualties. Please be assured that this will be a practice exercise and will not pose a risk to passers-by.

Anyone who experiences a true emergency during this time is advised to call 911.

Finance Support Program (FSP) – Online Training Tool for Administrators

Finance has developed an online training program to help demystify the steps of Staff and Student recruitment and form completion.  The training, which is part of the Finance Support Program – Payroll & Positions, is a combination of instructional videos, self-test questions, and an appendix that highlights key documents and useful links. This training tool is beneficial to anyone who is new to an administrator role or who has been in their position for a while.

To create an account on the Edx training platform:

The ‘Home’ tab in Edx has an orientation video about how to view the training material.

Questions about this training program can be directed to your HR Advisor, HR Associate or to Ray McNichol – FSP Program Manager.

Learn more about the Finance Support Program at https://finance.ubc.ca/training/private/finance-support-program (CWL authentication required).