May 03, 2010

Eastern Carolina University, Please Don't Call it an Ombuds Office

The public university in Greenville North Carolina has had an "Office of Ombudsman" since at least 2005.  However, it is indistinguishable from the Dean of Students Office in most respects.  For example the ECU Ombuds authorizes exceptions to the student alcohol policy and provides excuses for student absences due to university activities. 

These are appropriate duties for the Dean of Students and just mislead people about the role of an Ombuds.  ECU should drop the pretense of the 'Ombuds' label.  (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/ombudsman/.)

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