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Mission Statement

The Faculty Ombudsperson Office serves as a BOG Rule 1.6 designated confidential resource [1] for assisting WVU faculty members in managing workplace conflicts and concerns.  It provides an alternative to formal conflict resolution channels. The Faculty Ombudsperson Office operates as a confidential, informal, neutral, and independent resource, in accordance with the International Ombudsman Association Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.  The Faculty Ombudsperson does not advocate for faculty members or for the University, nor is she/he a representative of the University.  Instead, the Faculty Ombudsperson works toward just and equitable resolution of concerns presented and provides feedback to University officials on general trends and systemic issues, while protecting confidentiality.  The Faculty Ombudsperson acts with integrity and emphasizes and promotes fairness, procedural justice, and respect for all members of the University community.

[1]  A conversation with the Faculty Ombudsperson does not constitute notice on behalf of the University of an issue, except when the Faculty Ombudsperson believes there is an imminent risk of serious harm or is informed of child abuse (see BOG rule 1.7).  Moreover, the Faculty Ombudsperson does not constitute a “responsible employee” in accordance with BOG Rule 1.6 and has been designated as a Confidential Resource by the Title IX Coordinator in accordance with BOG Rule 1.6.