November 10, 2017

History of Science Society Appoints First Ombuds

The professional society for the academic study of the history of science has named Sally Gregory Kohlstedt as its first Ombudsperson. HSS adopted a Respectful Behavior Policy in June of this year to address discrimination and harassment at society meetings and events. The new Ombuds is designated by the policy as a resource for anyone with concerns and complaints. 

The HHS Ombuds listens to concerns, provides information about the policy, and identifies formal and non-formal options. Although the Ombuds may receive formal complaints, they are immediately referred to to a committee for review and and action. The Ombuds also has a mandate of confidentiality. Kohlstedt is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. (HHS Policy via Twitter; HHS Announcement via Twitter; UM Faculty Profile.)

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