Message re manager of student affairs

From Joanne Quirk, CFA's chief steward: After facilitating the bullying workshops it became clear that many of you did not know Peter Hedley, Manager of Student Affairs. I invited Peter to post the following message on our web site as a way of raising awareness of his role and the support he can provide to faculty.

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and make you aware of the work I am doing. I have recently commenced work in the role of Manager of Student Affairs at Cap, having been working in an academic / administration role at Brunel University in London, UK.

One of the key responsibilities in my new role is to liaise with colleagues across the university (e.g. counseling and learning support, disability services, conflict resolution advisory, security and other student support services) to provide an integrated approach to the student experience across campus. Key to this work is my providing a touch-point to advise colleagues in either dealing with a wide range of student issues, including student conduct, welfare / health, academic misconduct (cheating / plagiarism) or non-engagement.

Over the past / coming weeks and months, I have been / will be undertaking a number of reviews with a view to providing updated policy and procedure documentation designed to provide greater clarity around how student issues are managed at Cap. The aim is to provide enhanced documentation and training in the new year, so please bear with me on this. In the meantime, as a first initiative, I would like to make you aware of a new Student Safety & Support Group – attended by representatives from all key student services areas at Cap - that will be meeting on a fortnightly basis to confidentially review any matters that have arisen or been referred to any of us by colleagues. The purpose of this group is to enable the better management of issues in terms of information sharing / awareness raising and collective agreement about the best course of action to address student issues at any early stage. The aim is for us to prevent fires starting rather than becoming experts in putting them out!

As such, I would encourage you to contact me to raise any student issues you may be dealing with (however trivial things may initially seem) so that my colleagues and I are aware of them and may better support both you and the student/s in question. In addition, I would welcome any correspondence about wider issues which you deal with on a regular basis that you feel would helpfully inform the wider work which I’m undertaking.

Please get in touch on one of the following:E-mail: studentaffairs@capilanou.ca; Tel: 604-983-7531.

Regards,

Peter

Peter Hedley
Manager of Student Affairs
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC  V7J 3H5
Phone: 604.983.7531
Fax: 604.984.1758
www.capilanou.ca