November 23, 2010

Ombuds at University of Western Ontario Explains Conflict of Interest Policy

A recent article in the UWO newspaper explains the University's conflict of interest policy. Jennifer Meister, Acting UWO Ombudsperson, offered her own example of dealing with a conflict:

A student came to her to investigate some difficulties he was having at Ivey, but her husband is the honours business administration program director at Ivey. “If there is somebody I’m working with who I don’t feel I should be, I refer them to [the assistant ombudsperson],” Meister said. She explained, however, it was not a common occurrence for the office.
The example also reflects her compliance with Ombuds practices of remaining neutral and disclosing conflicts. (UWO Gazette.)

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