September 16, 2009

University of South Carolina Ombuds Issues Third Annual Report

Jim Augustine, University Ombuds at USC, reports that he has been consulted by 163 faculty members over the past three years for an average of 54 visitors per year. He also surveyed Ombuds at 25 academic institutions and found similar numbers of faculty visitors over the past two years. Augustine also said that the USC Faculty Senate amended its code of conduct after he reported on bullying, threatening or coercive behavior in his first annual report. The 2008-09 report also notes that Augustine was unable to attend the IOA Conference in Montreal or participate in professional training because of state budget cuts. (USC Ombuds Reports.)

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