March 06, 2023

Ombuds at University of Colorado: Annual Report Reflects Lingering COVID Concerns

In the third year of the pandemic, t
he Ombuds Office at the University of Colorado Boulder reports cases have stabilized at 477 for the 2021-22 academic year. Ombuds Office Director, Kirsi Aulin, CO-OP, reported that students and staff showed signs of fatigue and burnout related to the pandemic. More significantly, she also noted an alarming trend among faculty. "In the last three years, the number of faculty who have told us that they are considering leaving their positions has risen from a low of 7% in 2029-20 to 43% in 2021-22."

In addition to case and demographic data, the report captures the number of social media interactions. The CU Boulder Ombuds Office also includes Associate Director, Liz Hill, CO-OP, and two Faculty Ombuds, Yem Fong and Jerry Hauser. (CU Boulder Ombuds 2022 Report.)

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