The Faculty Ombudsperson is a confidential, informal, impartial alternative for the resolution of work-related problems and conflicts.
The Faculty Ombudperson functions as an “organizational ombuds,” providing advice on conflicts and disputes in a confidential and informal manner. They listen, suggest, obtain information, and mediate to achieve resolution. Often they satisfy the needs of the complainant by simply acting as a sounding board and source of advice as to how that person may solve her/his own problem. Ombudspersons do not issue reports or findings. They do not keep written records or act as witnesses in possible subsequent proceedings. They subscribe to a code of conduct assuring impartiality and confidentiality.
The Faculty Ombudspersons are appointed by the Academic Senate and are subject to the Responsible Employee requirement laid out in the UC Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy, meaning that they are required to notify the the Office for Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination if a person affiliated with the University (e.g., student, staff, faculty member) reports conduct that is prohibited under the sexual violence/sexual harassment policy. The campus does provide Confidential Resources who are not required to report to OPHD: faculty and staff may consult the PATH to Care Center, the Employee Assistance Program, or the Staff Ombuds office. (Note: Unlike the Faculty Ombuds, the Staff Ombuds Office is not subject to the Responible Employee reporting requirement described above. In addition to staff in non-Senate academic series, the Staff Ombuds Office works with faculty who perform management functions or faculty who have concerns involving staff members.)
All communications and information provided to the faculty ombuds remain confidential except where there is an imminent risk of serious harm involving a physical threat or in cases of sexual violence or sexual harassment described above.
The process begins with the complainant contacting the lead Faculty Ombudsperson, or the Senate Executive Director (2-7213) for a referral.