February 19, 2010

University of New Mexico Creates Ombuds Office for Faculty and Staff

UNM has merged its Staff Dispute Resolution Department and Faculty Dispute Resolution. The new name will be Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty and Staff. The change resulted from a report to the UNM Provost and Vice President of HR comparing the existing programs to Ombuds programs at other universities. In addition, the State Risk Management Division praised UNM for its leadership statewide in ADR and the success of these programs in "contributing toward cost savings for both the university and the state." An emeritus professor, Jean Civikly-Powell will be the Ombuds for Faculty and Jonathan Armendariz will be Ombuds for Staff. (UNM Today.)

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