According to a student newspaper, UBCO has closed the Ombuds Office it opened three years ago. The university recently opened a search for a new Ombuds to replace Maria Mazzotta who established the position in 2013. Although the Ombuds office had handled nearly 150 matters in the past two year and had positive feedback from students, the decision to closed the office was made for financial reasons.
“At the outset, the UBC admin wasn’t sure that the [Ombudsperson] position required a full time staff person. At other campuses similar to our needs and size, the ombudsperson role is something taken on by usually a professor or longtime faculty person who knows and is familiar with all University channels,” said UBC Students' Union President Tom Macauley. It therefore seems likely that there will be an Ombuds of some sort in the future. (UBCO Phoenix.)
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Update 3/11/16: Mazzotta has already moved on to a corporate non-Ombuds position. (Merritt Herald.)