October 05, 2010

Northwestern Appoints First Faculty Ombuds for New Ombuds Program

With the appointment of three volunteer faculty Ombudsmen, Northwestern University has established its first Ombuds program. The new Ombuds are Albert Farbman and Neena Schwartz, from the Department Neurobiology & Physiology; and Irwin Weil, from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.

The program at Northwestern follows the organizational model, but Ombuds will assist only other faculty and will be specifically precluded from offering advice or services in cases of alleged sexual harassment. Potentially, Northwestern could appoint more than a dozen faculty Ombuds. (Northwestern Ombudsman Program, Guidelines.)

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