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Message from the Vice Chancellor

Joe NelsonWelcome to the University of Alaska Southeast.
UAS is a distinctive learning community, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and excellence.  Students, faculty, and staff are guided by a set of principles and policies that shape and regulate our community, and enable us to thrive as learners, educators, scholars, and researchers.  These principles and policies are outlined in this Student Guide (also known as the Student Handbook).  By joining this community, the University expects that you will learn, understand, and abide by these guidelines.
If you have any questions about the policies in this handbook, please feel free to seek clarification.  Every member of the faculty and staff will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have, and help you toward your educational goals.  They are here to teach, guide, and mentor you along your way.
Reaching your goals will require focus and determination on your part as well.  I ask that you strive to broaden your intellectual horizon and dig deep to gain expertise in your chosen field.  
I look forward to meeting you during your academic career at UAS.  I especially look forward to seeing you in cap and gown at graduation, diploma in hand.

Best wishes for a successful academic year,

Joe Nelson
Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

The mission of the University of Alaska Southeast is student learning enhanced by faculty scholarship, undergraduate research and creative activities, community engagement, and the cultures and environment of Southeast Alaska.


The University of Alaska Southeast is recognized as a destination of choice for students seeking excellent academic programs and engaging learning opportunities that integrate the environment and cultures of Southeast Alaska.


  1. Excellence – we pursue excellence through continuous improvement and innovation in teaching, community engagement, and research, scholarship, and creative expression.
  2. Diversity – we embody and respect the diversity of each individual’s culture, talents and abilities, and educational goals with special attention to Alaska Native heritage unique to Southeast Alaska.
  3. Access – we create accessibility to programs and services through use of technology, innovative and creative practices, and personalized services.
  4. Collaboration – we forge dynamic and cooperative partnerships internally among students, faculty, and staff and externally with other academic institutions, government agencies, business and industry, and community-based organizations to enhance our effectiveness.
  5. Sustainability – we contribute to the economic, social, and ecological sustainability and quality of life of the southeast region and state, nation, and world using the unique opportunities available (e.g., coastal environment, Tongass National Forest, glacial ecosystem, Juneau as Alaska’s capital city).
  6. Stewardship – we are responsible stewards in the use of our resources and are accountable for results working in an environment that values the contributions of all (e.g., administration, faculty, staff, and students).

Core Themes

  • Student Success – provide the academic support and student services that facilitate student access and completion of educational goals
  • Teaching and Learning – provide a broad range of programs and services resulting in student engagement and empowerment for academic excellence
  • Community Engagement – provide programs and services that connect with local, state, national, and international entities on programs, events, services, and research that respond to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs and resources of Southeast Alaska
  • Research and Creative Expression – provide programs and services that support research, scholarship, and creative expression by faculty and students

University of Alaska Southeast

Statement of Inclusivity

At the University of Alaska Southeast, inclusivity is paramount—for all of the students, faculty, staff, and community members who choose our campuses in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan—as we strive to provide safe and diverse accommodations and services for anyone and everyone to call home.

Through empathy, respect, communication, and commitment, UAS provides this statement of inclusivity to show our dedication to embracing and understanding the challenges and triumphs of our university family.

Student success is integral to the overall success of the state of Alaska. It is our duty to create an atmosphere of acceptance and growth, while continuously evolving as a university in ways that encourage discourse and action.

UAS will provide a progressive, supportive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors inclusive of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy or parenthood.

With our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and community, UAS strives to:

  • Respect the opinions and experiences of those who choose to share them, while providing a safe and accepting environment for everyone.
  • Understand that differences make us unique, and in turn, help our university become a vibrant, cultural, and artistic center for education.
  • Train and educate the university community through seminars, courses, and encompassing discussions that open our minds and hearts to the plights and concerns of underrepresented populations.
  • And above all, learn about ourselves and each other in an effort to create meaningful alliances; engage in active and productive conversations about diversity; change negative perceptions of inclusivity and identity.

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