Last week, the University of Oregon decided that there was no legal requirement that the Ombuds Office be identified as a “responsible person or authority” under Title IX, or as a “campus security authority” under the Clery Act.
According to UO Ombuds Bruce MacAllister, the University President intends to ask the Board of Trustees to amend the current policy in December and intends to seek ratification of the Ombuds Charter at the Board level, which will completely cement the program’s status for the long term.
Subsequently, on October 19, the University Senate approved a resolution to protect the confidentiality of the Ombuds in sexual misconduct cases. (The UO Channel.)
Prior post: University of Oregon Weighing Confidentiality of Ombuds in Title IX Matters.
Related posts: University of Oregon Exploring Ombuds Program; University of Oregon Commits to Ombuds Program; University of Oregon Faculty Endorse Ombuds Proposal; Cost-Benefit of ADR, Including Ombuds;
Job Posting; University of Oregon Appoints First Ombuds; University of Oregon Ombuds Intern Blogs Insights.
See also: Lessons From a Case of Sexual Harassment; Harvard Law Case Study Focuses on Ombuds and the 'Dear Colleague Letter'; Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy at University of North Carolina Reaffirms Ombuds' Confidentiality; Sexual Assault Report from University of Michigan Reaffirms Ombuds' Confidentiality; Grinnell College Affirms Confidentiality of Ombuds Office for Sexual Misconduct Matters; Updated Sexual Misconduct Policy at Colorado College Protects Disclosures to Ombuds; IOA Takes a Stand on Title IX Issues.; Watch Senator Question White House Title IX Expert on Role of Campus Ombuds; Revised Sexual Misconduct Policies at MIT Continue Protection of Ombuds; Updated Sexual Misconduct Policies at UC Irvine Assert Ombuds' Confidentiality.