The public university in Halifax announced that it will appoint a full-time Ombudsperson this fall. The move comes in response several recommendations made by a task force investigating the university's handling of a sexual harassment scandal at the dentistry school. According to the announcement, the full-time Ombuds will be independent from student organizations and the university administration and will be overseen by a joint Ombuds Advisory Council.
Dalhousie hopes to hire an individual with a background in conflict resolution/management and experience in university administration and/or procedure. Previously, the Ombuds Office was staffed by students on a part-time basis. That program closed in 2013. (Dal News; CBC.)
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