November 29, 2010

American University of Beirut Receives Funding for New Ombuds Office

The secular, private university in Lebanon has received a grant that will fund, in part, a proposed Ombuds program for the medical campus. An Ombuds program has been under consideration at AUB since at least 2004, when female faculty lobbied for an "an ombudsman office for addressing faculty concerns anonymously." In a November 2009 report to the University's trustees, AUB President Peter F. Dorman backed an Organizational Ombuds program for faculty, staff and students as a supplement for a updated grievance and harassment policy.

The $2.3 million grant to AUB was provided by American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) to help update teaching, research, and patient facilities on campus and in the AUB Medical Center. Additional details regarding the new Ombuds program have not been released. (AUB News Highlights, President's Report to Trustees, Bulletin Today.)

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