September 04, 2012

Ombuds Cases Remain Steady at University of Iowa After High Profile Year

The UI Office of the Ombudsperson handled 502 matters in 2011-12, a number unchanged from the prior academic year.  According to the annual report by Faculty Ombuds Susan Johnson and Staff Ombuds Cynthia Joyce, 22% of visitor complaints involved disrespectful behavior and 5% complained about workplace bullying. These issues brought the office some unexpected attention last year, when an AP story says the Ombuds had "failed" to resolve bullying cases. (UI Annual Report.)

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