October 08, 2007

U. Missouri Plans "Intellectual Diversity" Ombuds

The trustees of the Univeristy of Missouri (known as curators) have approved a plan to protect intellectual pluralism. Each of the four UM campuses will designate an ombudsman to receive student complaints about instructors they think have discriminated against them based on their viewpoints. The ombudsman would work with complainants to resolve their issues, which could include conducting inquiries. The ombudsman on each campus will maintain records of all complaints and prepare a year-end report. (Belleville-News Democrat; Board of Curators Archive.)

It appears that the University of Missouri is the only institution to permit a conservative interest group to redefine the ombuds profession.

(Related posts:
Missouri House Committee Passes "Intellectual Diversity" Bill; UMKC Prof Opposes Intellectual Diversity Ombuds; More States Considering Academic Ombuds for "Intellectual Diversity".)

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