March 03, 2009

Study Concludes Boston University Should Establish Ombuds Office

In fall 2006, Boston University created a Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion to identify the key issues around diversity and inclusion. After two years of study, the council has released a report recommending changes in the areas of hiring and retention, compensation, University leadership and governance, and family policy. The group also endorsed an Ombuds for the campus.
In addition, the Council recommends that the University hire a full-time professional Ombuds with substantial academic experience, to serve faculty, staff, and students. The Ombuds will allow the confidential and supportive voicing of opinions, and may help individuals understand their options in difficult situations.

University Provost David Campbell is currently considering all of the council’s recommendations. There is no indication, in particular, of the status on the Ombuds proposal. (BU Today; Report of the Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion 2008.)

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