Faculty Ombuds Operating Principles

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The University Faculty Ombuds is a member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). The office operations are consistent with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association. 

 

Office Standards of Practice

Confidentiality​:

  • Provides a safe place to voice concerns, evaluate issues, and identify options.
  • Maintains confidentiality to the extent permitted by law and university policy.
  • Does not keep records.

Neutrality:

  • Does not advocate for any party or the University.
  • Promotes fairness and equity.

Informality:

  • Facilitates communication when appropriate.
  • Does not participate in any formal process.
  • Does not make judgments or decisions.

Independent:

  • Operates within University policy and reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost for administrative and budgetary purposes.
  • Does not represent the University.
  • Advises and makes recommendations on University policies and processes.