March 31, 2009

Journal of IOA Publishes Second Volume

The Journal of the International Ombudsman Association, Volume 2, has just been published. Articles include:
  • Considering an IOA Research Agenda Alan Jay Lincoln, Mary Rowe and Tom Sebok encourage the membership to begin the important discussion about research priorities, defining and operationalizing concepts, developing additional ethical guidelines consistent with Ombuds standards of practice.
  • Providing Oversight to Comprehensive Systems Ralph Hasson provides an overview of comprehensive conflict management systems along with a set of principles and flexible framework for developing and evaluating oversight procedures.
  • Dealing With — Or Reporting — “Unacceptable” Behavior Mary Rowe, Linda Wilcox and Howard Gadlin explain why some people waiver, rather than acting effectively to stop behavior they find to be unacceptable.
  • Good Intentions Gone Astray: How the ABA Standards Affect OmbudsmenSara Thacker addresses the development of the ombuds profession and the impact of the ABA standards on the establishment and operation of ombuds offices.
  • Bystander Training Within Organizations Maureen Scully and Mary Rowe discuss the significance of the bystander role and review the challenges for bystanders in moving from a passive to an active stance.
  • Military Chaplaincy and Ombudsing D.A. Graham shares his experiences as a military chaplain and organizational ombuds, and concludes the two professions are more similar than different.
  • Recent Developments: A Legal Perspective Tom Kosakowski summarizes significant developments in U.S. legislation and case law relating to Organizational Ombuds in the year ending January 2009.
The Journal is available from the IOA website. (JIOA, vol. 2.)

Related posts: Journal of IOA Releases First Issue; First Ombuds at U. Mass. Lowell Set to Retire.

March 30, 2009

Election Results for IOA Board

The International Ombudsman Association has announced the results of its 2009 Board of Directors election. The following were selected to the three-year terms on the Board:
  • Judy Bruner, University of California, San Diego (reelected);
  • Isabel Calderon, Mars, Inc.;
  • Doris Campos-Infantino, Inter-American Development Bank;
  • Kevin Jessar, National Institutes of Health (reelected);
  • Patti Lynch, United Technologies Corporation (reelected); and
  • Don Noack, Sandia National Laboratories.
In addition, John Carter of The Citadel was elected to a two-year term as the Associate Member Representative.

Prior post: Slate for 2009 IOA Board Election.

March 27, 2009

York University Names New Head of Reformed Ombuds Office

York President Mamdouh Shoukri has appointed Professor John McCamus as the University’s next Ombudsperson, effective April 1, 2009. The move completes a decision to split the duties of campus Ombuds and director of the Centre for Human Rights, which had previously been filled by Fiona Crean. Nöel Badiou was named the new director of Centre for Human Rights in October 2008. Before joining the faculty of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971, McCamus was a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada. McCamus teaches and writes on the subjects of contract, commercial & consumer transactions, contract remedies and restitution. He is a member of the advisory committee for the Restatement of Restitution 3d. In 2007, the Ontario government appointed McCamus to a three-year term as the chair of Legal Aid Ontario. (YFile.)

March 26, 2009

Update: New Orleans Schools Opens Ombuds Office

Paul G. Vallas, superintendent of the New Orleans Recovery School District, fulfilled his promise to create an Ombuds office with the appointment of Terri Wide. The Recovery School District Ombudsman serves as an impartial, confidential resource for teachers, parents, community members, students and staff. Wide has 17 years of experience in education, and most recently was a principal in New Orleans Public Schools. (RSD Ombuds; New Orleans City Business.)

Prior post: Superintendent of New Orleans Schools to Hire Ombuds.

Bank Regulators Relying on Ombuds to Ensure Consistency

At a House hearing, regulators sought to reassure legislators that they are adhering to the same underwriting standards as in the past. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Senior Deputy Comptroller Timothy W. Long said that their Ombuds program provides important feedback on this issue. “We believe we are striking the right balance in encouraging bankers to make loans to creditworthy borrowers, but always consistent with safe and sound banking practices - and to the extent we're not, we are continually prodding bankers to let us know, both directly to our examiners and indirectly through our Ombudsman,” Long said in prepared remarks. (Wall Street Journal.)

Related posts:
FDIC Ombuds Issues Biannual Report; Mortgage Crisis Draws in Ombuds; Office of Thrift Supervision Ombuds Hiring Scores of Special Assistants; New Securities Industry Ombuds to Address Annual Policy Conference.

March 25, 2009

Recent University Ombuds Website Upgrades

The Gallaudet University Ombuds, Suze Rosen Singleton, has created an online form for anonymous feedback. She assures users that there is no way to identify submitters and that the mechanism does not put the the University on notice. (Gallaudet Ombuds Feedback.)

Boise State has put up a website for its new Faculty Ombuds, Ron Anson. The site features a charter agreement based on IOA standards. (Boise State Ombuds.)

Tatia Daniels Granger, the Staff Ombuds at the College of William & Mary, has updated her website. The result is one of the most appealing Ombuds sites on the internet -- informative, professional and friendly. (William & Mary Ombuds.)

Related posts: New Gallaudet Website Features Video Welcome; Boise State Hires First Ombuds; Profile of New Staff Ombuds at William & Mary; Ombuds Not Exempt From Influence of Internet; Why Your Website Needs a Photo.

March 24, 2009

Duke Medical School Appoints First Ombuds

The Duke University School of Medicine has named Jean Spaulding, MD, as its first Ombudsman. Created in 2008, the Office of the Ombudsman office offers confidential and anonymous support and advocacy specifically to the medical students at Duke. Spaulding earned her Bachelor's degree from Barnard College and, in 1972, was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Duke University School of Medicine. Spaulding is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Spaulding served as Duke’s Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs from 1998 to 2002, when she became a Trustee of the Duke Endowment. (Duke SOM Ombuds Office; Women in Duke Medicine.)

Related posts: Duke Gains Ombuds for Students; Duke Elects New Faculty Ombuds.

Despite Financial Crisis, University of Texas Medical Branch Continues Search for First Ombuds

Although the health care complex in Galveson continues to struggle with the recession and financial impact from Hurricane Ike, the UMTB Faculty Senate has voted to continue the search for a Faculty Ombuds. One faculty member said that the position is more important than ever during this time. The search has been open since July 2008. Applicants must have a Masters degree and have held a faculty appointment in a university outside of UTMB. No salary or closing date indicated. (UMTB Faculty Minutes; UMTB HR; Houston Chronicle.)

Related Posts: University of Texas Medical Branch Adopts New Ombuds Policy.

March 23, 2009

Update: DC Schools Appoints Interim Ombuds

The District of Columbia has appointed Jeff Ross as the Interim Ombudsman for Public Education, filling the position abruptly vacated by the first Ombuds Tonya Kinlow in December 2008. Prior to his appointment, Ross served as the leader of the Chancellor’s Critical Response Team and helped to resolve thousands of issues for the DC Public Schools. He also taught as an elementary school teacher for DCPS. Ross earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Willamette University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. Although the appointment was made in February, it did not warrant a press release from the DC mayor's office and some community activists are still unaware. (DCPS Ombuds Office; DC Ward 5 Community Examiner.)

Prior post: DC Schools Ombuds Lasts Just 14 Months.

Cal Caucus Planners Seek Input

The organizers of the annual California Caucus at Asilomar are surveying their colleagues to determine the potential demand for their next gathering set for November 8-11, 2009. Lewis Redding, the JPL Ombuds and Asilomar organizer, acknowledges that many institutions “have caught a significant case of economic flu,” and hopes for an early read on how many might attend and for input on programming. Click on the images on the right to download the survey, and then email your responses to lewis [dot] a [dot] redding [at-sign] jpl [dot] nasa [dot] gov.

Related posts: Cal Caucus Annual Conference in Pacific Grove (2007); Details of 35th Annual Cal Caucus (2008).

ADR Conference in New York

The American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution holds its 11th Annual Conference in New York City April 15-18 (the same dates as the joint Ombuds conference in Montreal). The annual spring meeting is the largest ADR conference in the world and attracts more than 1,200 attendees. Sessions that may be interesting to Ombuds include:
  • Designing Justice: Dispute System Design and Justice in Education, Courts, Communities, and Employment;
  • Yes! Corporate America Still Uses ADR;
  • Institutionalizing ADR—Starting and Successfully Maintaining an In-House ADR Program
  • Establishing an Integrated Healthcare Dispute Resolution Program; and
  • It’s More Than the Money: The Non-Economic Subtext of Employment Litigation and Mediation.
(ABA ADR Conf. Info.)

Job Posting: La Guardia Community College

The CUNY campus in in Queens, New York is accepting applications for an Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Student Ombuds Officer. The Student Ombuds will handle student complaints; serve as a liaison for academic advisement and student disciplinary matters; track and resolve student issues, grievances, and problems; provide referrals; and advocate for policy or process changes affecting students. The position pays $53,982 to $85,842, but is open only to current CUNY employees. Application deadline is April 16. (CUNY Posting.)

Related post: CUNY Proposes New Procedures for Non-Academic Student Complaints.

Trendspotting: Campus Judicial Programs Becoming Less Legalistic

For many college students, a charge of misconduct (academic or otherwise) is their first taste of a judicial proceeding. Ombuds often serve as a resource for confused and concerned students. Now, college administrators are hoping to change the legalistic nature of their judicial processes. The Association for Student Judicial Affairs has changed its name to the Association for Student Conduct Administration, reflecting updated nomenclature on many campuses. The recent survey by the association indicates that that institutions are scaling back on some criminal due-process procedures and using more mediation and similar techniques to settle disputes. (ASCA/ASJA Survey; Chronicle of Higher Ed, subscription required.)

March 19, 2009

FCO President Will Not Stand for Reelection

André Marin has announced that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for reelection as President of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman. Marin, who is the Ontario Ombudsman, thanked his colleagues and said that his tenure as President had brought him “a unique appreciation for the work of other kinds of Ombuds-type offices and the challenges that we have as a profession.” The FCO Board election will take place at the Joint FCO/ACCUO/IOA conference in April. Out of the nine Board of Director positions open for reelection, five individuals intend to stand for re-election while four, including Marin, will not. (FCO News.)

Related posts: Ontario Ombuds Office Averts Strike; FCO Names New Administrator.

EEOC Complaint Against Binghamton University References Ombuds

According to the NY Times, a fundraiser for Binghamton University has complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over “egregious acts of sexual misconduct” by two senior athletic department officials. Elizabeth Williamson, a major gifts officer for Binghamton athletics, said she was marginalized in her role after reporting the situation to university officials a month ago. “I saw a couple of top administrators, an ombudsman, a union representative, and they said: ‘I’ve seen people go through this before. It’s athletics. It doesn’t end well,’ ” Williams said. (NY Times.)

March 18, 2009

Caltech to Close Historic Ombuds Office

Several weeks ago, the California Institute of Technology announced that it was laying off 100 employees due to economic concerns over its endowment and alumni contributions. (San Gabriel Valley Tribune.) In an email today, the Institute’s Ombuds, Ornah Becker, revealed that her office would be shuttered by the cuts effective April 2.

In 1995 Caltech’s Ombuds, Helen Hasenfeld, was at the center of the historic Garstang case. That decision by the California Appellate Court recognized a qualified privilege for an Organizational Ombuds under the State’s constitutional right of privacy. The case remains a touchstone for Ombuds seeking to protect the confidentiality of communications with visitors. In addition to Hasenfeld, the Caltech Ombuds position was also held by Jan Schonauer, past president of IOA.

There is no indication that the closure is temporary. Moreover, with the demise of the Pepperdine Ombuds program, this marks the second Southern California office to close this year.

Related posts: Congress Shuts Down CDC Ombuds Office; California Decimates Long Term Care Ombuds Program; Ombuds Can Help Minimize Effects of Layoffs; City of Flint Ombuds Shuttered by Budget Cuts; Pepperdine University Ombuds Retiring.

Los Alamos Appoints Ombuds

Los Alamos National Laboratory, the public-private research complex in New Mexico, has named Kirk Christensen at its new Ombuds. Christensen takes over from Camilla Lopez and John L. Armijo, who have managed the office on an interim basis after the retirement of Bruce McAllister. Christensen earned his master’s in engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and BA from the University of Alabama. Most recently, he directed LANL’s Conduct of Engineering Office.

In addition to his extensive engineering and management background, Christensen is a skilled mediator, arbitrator, and negotiator with experience as a Lab volunteer independent party reviewer, volunteer mediator, and informal division level Ombuds. Lab Director Michael Anastasio said, “Kirk is a person of high integrity, who employees will find is open and approachable for those types of difficult discussions.” (LANL News Bulletin.)

Related: Job Posting.

Externs to Survey ICANN Ombuds Users

Over the next two weeks, externs from the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University who are conducting a five-year evaluation of the ICANN Ombuds Office. Externs will invite some participants by email. The survey is being conducted with SurveyMonkey. (ICANN Ombuds Blog.)

Related posts: IOA Presentation on Ombuds Evaluation; TSA Ombuds Surveys Visitor Satisfaction; Ombuds Assessment Course.

March 15, 2009

FEMA’s Embedded Mediator Cadre Resembles Organizational Ombuds

An article in the newsletter of the Virginia Judicial System ADR program summarizes the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) “cadre.” Established in 2005, the FEMA ADR Cadre employs 20 advisors with a fairly broad and fully developed skill set in conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation and related skills. These ADR Advisors are deployed to assignments in FEMA disaster field offices following the declaration of a major disaster and focus on workplace conflict resolution. Rob Scott, FEMA’s ADR Cadre Manager, concludes that the program most closely resembles the Organizational Ombuds model.
Typically the organizational ombudsman model, like the FEMA ADR Cadre, provides the following services: listening and problem solving, providing information and options, conflict coaching, mediation, facilitation, shuttle diplomacy and assisting clients to find the right office within the Agency that can best deal with their problem. Important characteristics of the model include independence of the neutral (they have no conflicting collateral duties or lines of authority; neutrality and impartiality; confidentiality and informality) and that the office cannot accept notice for the Agency and cannot open or process complaints or testify in formal or legal proceedings. And, in contrast to the classical model of ombudsman, the university model prohibits conducting investigations, issuing reports or findings of fact, or creating formal processes to resolve issues. And, in practice, this model requires a high degree of cooperation and collaboration with other key offices in the organization such as the EEO office, HR and training.

The cadre receives two trainings a year. Past trainings have covered conflict coaching and appreciative inquiry. (Virginia Dispute Resolution Services Newsletter; FEMA ADR Home.)

ICANN Opens Comment Period for Ombuds Protocol

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will take comments from the public until April 12 on the revised Ombudsman Framework. The ICANN Ombuds program is based on the standards for Organizational Ombuds, but serves only external constituents. According to the Framework, the Ombuds has no jurisdiction over complaints concerning internal administrative matters or personnel issues. The ICANN Ombuds also loses jurisdiction if a complainant initiates a formal complaint process or legal proceeding. The ICANN Ombuds is authorized to issue written reports on individual matters and may waive confidentiality if necessary to further resolution of a complaint. Organizational Ombuds will be interested to compare these and other differences in their practice. (ICANN Announcement; Draft ICANN Ombudsman Framework.)

FDA Drug Evaluation Ombuds Issues Annual Report

Virginia L. Behr, the Ombuds for the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has issued her report for 2008. Drawing on practices from IOA, USOA and COFO, the CDER Ombuds works to informally resolve complaints from the regulated pharmaceutical industry, consumers and FDA employees. In 2008, Behr’s office received 833 communications, a 26% increase from the prior year, although most of the increase was due to a coordinated campaign by consumers seeking approval of a specific drug. In 2008, the CDER Ombuds Office transferred some responsibilities to a newly hired Product Jurisdiction Officer. (CDER Ombuds 2008 Report.)

March 12, 2009

Former ATSDR Ombuds to Testify Before House

Ronnie Wilson, the former Ombuds at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, is scheduled to testify today before the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee. The focus of the hearing is on how the Health and Human Services agency produced a flawed and misleading report on the health hazards of formaldehyde exposure from housing trailers provided to survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Wilson served as ATSDR’s first Ombuds from 1999 through 2008. The scope of his expected testimony has not been disclosed. (Washington Times; House ATSDR Report; AP: Inside Washington; Subcommittee Assignments.)

Related post: CDC Ombuds Become Focus of Sen. Grassley's Ire.

University of Western Ontario Posts Annual Report

Adrienne Clarke, UWO Ombuds, has published her report, "Forwarding Fairness," covering the 2007-08 academic year. In addition to a statistical summary, the report also discusses the issue of unreasonable delays in administrative decision-making, including their impact on the institution’s reputation for fairness, and highlights the importance of providing reasons in written decisions. (Western News; Forwarding Fairness 2007-08.)

Related post: University of Western Ontario Agrees to Changes Suggested by Ombuds.

Update: Omnibus Bill Includes $1 Million for FOIA Ombuds

The $410 billion omnibus spending bill signed by President Barack Obama included $1 million to fund the Ombuds program for disputes arising under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Anticipating the funding, the National Archives and Records Administration has already initiated a search for the director. (National Journal.)

Prior post: National Archives Hiring FOIA Ombuds.

March 10, 2009

University of South Florida Ombuds Earns Bonus Despite Budget Cuts

The University of South Florida has cut millions from its budget and laid off staff, but still gave bonuses in January four high-level employees. The third highest bonus went to the university’s Ombuds, Les Miller. Miller, who also serves as the community relations director, earned a bonus of $6,500 on top of his $90,000 salary.

Miller defended the additional money and said that he had taken on “a tremendous increase in responsibility at the university.” He pointed of that he’s been in charge of a program to help students in danger of dropping out because of financial problems, in addition to other student and community relations programs over the past three years. (
Tampa Bay Online.)

Related posts about USF: Profile of New Ombuds at University of South Florida; USF Ombuds to Dispense Student Relief Funds; University of South Florida Ombuds Plans Return to Politics; University of South Florida Ombuds Quoted in USA Today.

Other related post: New Mexico Hires Ombuds Despite Freeze.

Mary E. Wardwell: University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Ombuds

Mary E. Wardwell, who served as the Assistant Ombuds at UMass Amherst, died March 6 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. (In the Loop.)

Related post: UMass-Amherst Ombuds Releases Annual Report.

Peter Deines: Pennsylvania State University Ombuds

Peter Deines, who served as the University Ombuds for Penn State from 2006 until health concerns lead to his retirement in January 2009, passed away on February 2. (Senate Council Minutes; Geosciences Tribute.)

Related post: Penn State's First Ombuds Returns.

March 08, 2009

Penn State's First Ombuds Returns

Peter Deines has resigned as Penn State's faculty Ombuds due to health reasons. David (Duff) Gold, who served as the first University Ombuds from 1998-2006, will serve out the remainder of Deines' term. Before stepping down, Deines reported handling 46 cases in the 2007-08 academic year. He also recommended replacing the usage of “Ombudsman” with “Ombuds.” (PSU Senate Record; PSU Ombuds Report 2007-08.)

UT Austin Faculty Ombuds Gives Annual Report

The faculty Ombuds for the University of Texas at Austin reported assisting 35 faculty, lecturers and instructors during the 2007-08 academic year. The report indicates that the vast majority of the cases were resolved through mediation and informational counseling, and very few of the cases were referred to the Grievance Committee. Professional activities included a meetings with other Texas Ombuds and consultations with other Universities about their planned Ombuds offices. (UTA Faculty Ombuds Report.)

Related posts: University of Texas Austin Appoints Faculty Ombuds.

Washington State Education Ombuds Seeks Intern

The Washington Office of the Education Ombudsman has an immediate opening for an office intern to work closely with staff in projects related to conflict resolution intake, public information, data collection, research and public relations. The internship in Seattle is not paid interns must commit to work a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least 3 months. Positions are available year round. (Washington OEO.)

Related post: Washington State Education Ombudsman Begins Offering Services; Washington State Schools Ombuds Describes First Year.

March 06, 2009

TD Bank Touts IOA Membership

In its latest report on corporate responsibility, TD Bank Financial Group boasts that, “Each of our Ombuds team members belong to the International Ombudsman Association and subscribe to its code of ethics.” (TD Bank 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.)

This endorsement of IOA in a sign of the growing professionalization of the Ombuds field and the importance of organizations for Ombuds. In addition, it is an indication of how entities will embrace Ombuds certification once available.

March 05, 2009

Texas Tech Ombuds Updates Name

In his annual report to the TTU staff senate, Ombuds for Staff Nathanael Haddox said that the name of his office had been changed from “Ombudsman” to “Ombuds” to avoid gender issues. Haddox also reported that his office would be establishing a new phone number as part of an expanded marketing and outreach campaign. In related TTU news, the AAUP Chapter reaffirmed its commitment to hiring the campus’s first Faculty Ombuds. (TTU Staff Senate Minutes; TTU AAUP Report re Ombuds.)

Related posts: Texas Tech Searching for Faculty Ombuds; Texas Tech Fetes Retiring Ombuds, Introduces Successor.

March 04, 2009

Tarion Appoints Ombuds

Tarion Warranty Corp., the regulator of Ontario’s new home building industry, announced that Ian Darling will serve as its first Ombuds. Darling reports directly to the CEO and his office serves as an impartial and independent resource for those with concerns about procedural irregularities or Tarion policies. For the past eight year, Darling was the Ombuds at Fanshawe College. He also is the vice-president of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman. (National Post.)

Related posts: Tarion Creating Ombuds Program for Home Buyers; Job Posting: Fanshawe College.

African Development Bank Ombuds Launches Outreach Program

This week, the ADB Ombudsperson’s Office introduced the Values Promotion Champions Programme to support outreach and conflict resolution in the bank’s 23 field offices. The goal is to create a network of local peers trained to provide confidential and informal support to colleagues facing unethical behaviors and other types of workplace stress. The new program supplements the work of the Ombuds, which is often provided via phone and email from Tunis. Participants completed a four-day training with the ADB Ombuds and staff from the World Bank. (AfDB Interview.)

Related post: African Development Bank Unveils Website for Ombuds Office.

Pennsylvania Power Company to Create Ombuds Program for Workers

PPL Corp., formerly known as Pennsylvania Power and Light, has promised several changes to improve communication between workers and management. The reforms were prompted by a letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Agency in January and include the creation of an Ombuds position to resolve disputes. Although PPL indicated that an Ombuds was already in place at its Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, no details have been published. (Penn. Times Leader; TMC News.)

UC Berkely Ombuds Issues Biennial Report

The Berkeley Staff Ombuds Office reports that it advised 625 individuals between fiscal years 2006 and 2008. According to the report, which was recently published online, the office conducted 12 mediation sessions involving 26 individuals, including two-person and multi-party sessions. The two-Ombuds office also offered 42 workshops to 765 participants on a wide variety of topics. (UC Berkeley Staff Ombuds Annual Report 2006-2008.)

Related posts: New Ombuds at Cal Berkeley.

March 03, 2009

DC Area Ombuds Internships

Erin Troy and the DC Area Ombuds Group have compiled an outstanding list of internship opportunities for those interested in the field.
  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of the CIS Ombudsman (year-round opportunities);
  • Inter-American Development Bank, Office of the Ombudsman (summer and winter semesters, paid, Spanish proficiency required);
  • Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Ombudsman (summer);
  • Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Office of the Ombudsman (summer plus);
  • National Public Radio (all three semesters); and
  • National Institutes of Health, Office of the Ombudsman / Center for Cooperative Resolution (paid).
More details available from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network website. (

Other offices that have offered internships include: Princeton; UCLA; UC Riverside; and United Nations.

Related post: Updated Joint Conference Schedule (Externs in the Ombuds Office).

Study Concludes Boston University Should Establish Ombuds Office

In fall 2006, Boston University created a Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion to identify the key issues around diversity and inclusion. After two years of study, the council has released a report recommending changes in the areas of hiring and retention, compensation, University leadership and governance, and family policy. The group also endorsed an Ombuds for the campus.
In addition, the Council recommends that the University hire a full-time professional Ombuds with substantial academic experience, to serve faculty, staff, and students. The Ombuds will allow the confidential and supportive voicing of opinions, and may help individuals understand their options in difficult situations.

University Provost David Campbell is currently considering all of the council’s recommendations. There is no indication, in particular, of the status on the Ombuds proposal. (BU Today; Report of the Council on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion 2008.)

OO Blogger: 6 C’s Of Sociocratic Peace Building

Over at the Organizational Ombudsman Blog, Clayton Gilman summarizes his six sequential steps for consent-based conflict resolution:
  • Communication;
  • Complaint;
  • Cooperation;
  • Consensus;
  • Consent; and
  • Coordination.
(Organizational Ombudsman Blog.)

As the Ombuds field becomes more professional, this type of systemic thinking will become more important and paradigms of practice will emerge.

University of South Florida Ombuds Quoted in USA Today

An article on college students struggling with financial problems notes the relief program at USF and quotes the student Ombuds, Les Miller. (USA Today.)

Related posts: USF Ombuds to Dispense Student Relief Funds; University of South Florida Ombuds Plans Return to Politics.