May 02, 2012

Emory University Faculty Endorse Ombuds Proposal

At its most recently meeting, the Emory University Faculty Council voted unanimously to endorse the recommendations of the ad hoc committee on faculty grievance policies and procedures. The committee had recommended an Ombuds Office to “provide a listening ear for faculty ... and also serve as a resource to train university personnel in conflict resolution and about university venues for resolution of various sorts of faculty workplace problems.”

Earlier, committee chair Bill Buzbee called Emory “completely an outlier” among peer institutions for the absence of a structure to address other conflicts, most of which arise in hierarchical relationships, so that they might be prevented or alleviated before they escalate. The committee's recommendation has been presented to Emory's president and provost for further consideration. (Emory Blogs.)

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