July 08, 2019

New "Ombuds" for Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists is Actually a Compliance Officer

For the first time, the annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Elasmobranch Society, Herpetologist's League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles will have an Ombuds. It will not, however, be a familiar model for any of the university scientists.
According to the Joint Meeting Code of Conduct, the JMIH Ombuds is designated to receive complaints about prohibited conduct, conduct an investigation, offer preliminary resolution options, and recommend disciplinary action. This is essentially a compliance or Title IX type function.

Many JMIH members work at universities and may expect an Organizational Ombuds, which is more common in higher ed. Moreover, NMIH did not follow the guidance from the National Academies of Science, which also endorsed a university-type Ombuds. (JMIH Code of Conduct.)

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