The Faculty Ombudsperson Office is an informal resource, providing informal assistance for those who voluntarily seek its services. The Faculty Ombudsperson Office supplements, but does not replace, the University’s existing resources for formal conflict resolution. The Faculty Ombudsperson Office does not investigate, arbitrate, adjudicate, or otherwise participate in internal or external formal proceedings or actions, unless required by court order. It does not make binding decisions, mandate policies, or formally resolve issues for the University or any other party.
The Faculty Ombudsperson has no authority to make decisions on behalf of the University. Communications with the Faculty Ombudsperson do 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 when the Faculty Ombudsperson is informed of child abuse (see BOG Rule 1.7). The Faculty Ombudsperson will refer visitors wishing to go on-record to the appropriate formal channels, so individuals may make informed decisions about which options are best for them to pursue.
Use of the Faculty Ombudsperson Office is strictly voluntary and is not a required step in grievance or other formal procedures or University policies. Also, use of the Faculty Ombudsperson Office does not preclude pursuing formal remedies. The University prohibits retaliation for using the services provided by the Faculty Ombudsperson Office.