May 15, 2017

Task Force Report Moves Syracuse University Closer to Implementing Ombuds Office

Last week a task force appointed by the Syracuse University Chancellor on Friday released a report making 18 recommendations to improve campus diversity and inclusion.  One recommendation called for the implementation of an IOA-compliance Ombuds program:

The Office of the Provost has reviewed the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and is currently investigating best practices for ombudsperson services at peer universities. The office made a preliminary recommendation in fall 2016. Further vetting of the recommendation continued in spring 2017 and will continue into summer 2017, including discussion with key members of the University Senate, the Office of Graduate Studies and a representative of the Graduate Student Organization. Final recommendations will be submitted by June 30, 2017.
The task force's call for an Ombuds followed similar recommendations from other campus stakeholders since 2007.  (SU Workgroup ReportThe Daily Orange.)

Related post:  Students Call for Ombuds at Syracuse UniversitySyracuse University Faculty Committee Joins Effort to Create Ombuds Office.

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