Faculty Ombuds – Can's and Can't's

What the Faculty Ombuds CAN do

  • Provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to discuss a problem
  • Help you think through a concern and informally navigate an issue
  • Be a referral to the right office
  • Explain university policies and availability of resources
  • Explore ways to manage and resolve problems
  • Identify patterns and trends and share anonymized suggestions for system change

What the Faculty Ombuds CAN’T do

  • Be involved in formal internal university or union investigations or processes
  • Provide legal advice
  • Take sides
  • Provide mental health counseling
  • Keep written records of cases
  • Serve as a witness
  • Make your decisions for you
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