July 08, 2013

University of Utah Appoints Ombuds for Student Athletes

In response to misconduct by a coach at the state's flagship university, President David W. Pershing announced new policies new policies to better support student athletes, including the the appointment of an independent "Athletics Ombudsman." Ryan Randall was appointed to the Ombuds role and will report directly to the dean of students. This is the first Ombuds program of any kind at the U of U and no other information has been made public.

Randall is a Clinical Instructor in the U of U's College Of Social Work and coordinates the Dean of Student's Behavioral Intervention Team. He is an alumnus having earned a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. (Chronicle of Higher Ed; U of U News, Dean of Students Profile.)

Related posts: Psychologist Urges Ombuds as Buffer for Student Athletes; Michigan State to Appoint Ombuds for Student Athletes; Team Canada Ombudsperson to Speak at Brock University; University of Oregon to Provide Ombuds for Local Youth Sports Program; Olympic Ombuds to Speak at ABA Dispute Resolution Conference; USC Athletic Director Considering Ombuds for Student-Athletes; NCAA President Suggests Role for Ombuds.

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