February 14, 2013

University of Oregon Commits to Ombuds Program

In an address to the UO Faculty Senate yesterday, President Michael Gottfredson said that he will appoint an Ombuds for the University. last year, an ad hoc committee on respectful workplace policies and practices recommended an Ombuds. Here is the complete text of Gottfredson's remarks.

Almost a year ago, the University Senate's Ad Hoc Committee for Respectful Workplace recommended that we explore the possibility of adding an organizational ombudsperson to mediate disputes – real and potential.  I have authorized that position, which will report directly to the president, and the job description is now being prepared.  The university ombudsperson will be an impartial and confidential third-party who will be assigned to help students, faculty, staff and administrators resolve disputes through informal negotiation and mediation. 
(UO President's Office.)

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