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The identity of all persons meeting with the faculty ombuds are kept confidential, as are all discussions between the faculty member and the faculty ombuds, unless permission is given to disclose the identity and/or information. The only exception to confidentiality is when such a disclosure is required by law,
University policy or where there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm.
The faculty ombuds does not take a side in disputes. As an informal resource, she does not participate in any formal adjudicative or administrative procedure related to concerns brought to her attention. The faculty ombuds advocates for fair and equitably administered processes and does not advocate on behalf of any
individual within the organization. These unique characteristics distinguish the ombudsman from mediators, arbitrators and other alternative dispute resolution professionals.
Communications made to the faculty ombuds are not notice to the organization. However, the Ombudsman may refer individuals to the appropriate place where formal notice to the University can be made.
While the faculty ombuds reports administratively to the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, she operates in an independent and confidential manner and has no formal decision-making authority. While maintaining confidentiality, the faculty ombuds will provide feedback to the
administration (or others in authority) when a common issue or trend occurs.
The faculty ombuds adheres to the principles of the International Ombudsman Association.
Diane M. Daane, MS, JD
Interim Faculty Ombuds
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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