Cynthia Joyce, University Ombuds for UI, released a report covering the 2008-2009 academic year, the 23rd annual report for the office. The year has been marked by a flood, a highly publicized charge of sexual assault involving university athletes, two faculty suicides, and fears of furloughs, layoffs, and pay cuts. Joyce said that these difficulties were reflected in a 15% increase in visitors to the UI Ombuds office. On the positive side, there was a significant drop in in the number of undergraduates complaining about disciplinary issues, fewer conflict between graduate students and a decrease in faculty concerns about job conflicts. The report itself received significant media coverage. (UI Ombuds 2009 Report; Media Newswire; Iowa City Press-Citizen; Coralville Courier; Daily Iowan.)
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