December 09, 2021

Ombuds Caseload Trended Down in 2020-21 at University of Iowa

The Iowa Office of the Ombudsperson reported the number of visitors declined 13% to 646 in the 2020-21 academic year. Associate Ombuds, Jennifer Lynch told the faculty senate that “s
everal factors contributed including faculty, staff, and students interacting less due to remote teaching, learning, and work, and fewer opportunities to publicize the work of our office.” Faculty cases continued to increase, however, and now represent 28% of all matters brought to the Ombuds.

Other members of the UI Ombuds Office include: Cynthia Joyce, University Ombudsperson; Meenakshi (Gigi) Durham, Faculty Ombudsperson; and Nadia Sabbagh Steinberg, Associate Ombudsperson. (UI Ombuds 2021 Report; Daily Iowan.)

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