Recently published minutes from the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs reveals that a faculty Ombuds may be implemented soon. The notes indicate that UM previously had an Ombuds for faculty issues as the result of a consent decree following a class action sex in 1980. Although UM has formal grievance mechanisms and a campus mediation program, these are not seen as addressing "a range of festering sores in every department." The Committee agreed to adopt a statement supporting a half-time Ombuds for one year with an initial charge to develop a recommended proposal. (UM Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs Draft Minutes.)
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