The Executive Committee of the GVSU Faculty Senate voted unanimously in favor of creating an Ombuds Office last week. The concept has already received the support of the student senate at the public liberal arts university in Allendale, Michigan--one of only two major universities in the state without an Ombuds program.
“We have grown so much as a university that structurally we are too complex an organization for people to find their way to the correct resources,” said Gretchen Galbraith, an Associate Professor of History at GVSU and a Co-Chairperson of the Ombuds Task Force. Past efforts to create an Ombuds office have failed for lack of support from the Board of Trustees and senior management. (Grand Valley Lanthorne.)
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