Faculty Ombudsperson

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Appointment

The Faculty Ombudsperson is appointed by the President upon recommendation by Academic Council using Academic Council's Committee on Committees process. The Ombudsperson will be a member of the full-time teaching faculty with at least ten years of experience at Elon. They will serve a three-year term, with possible reappointment for an additional term. During their term, the Ombudsperson should not hold a leadership position (such as department chair) or other position which would compromise the impartial role of the Ombudsperson.

Responsibilities

The Faculty Ombudsperson helps faculty members address conflicts by providing consultation that is as free and open as possible.

  • This consultation is confidential subject to law; no records are kept other than a statistical summary of the visit and its categories.
  • This consultation is independent; the Ombudsperson has no instructions from the administration as to how to offer counsel.
  • This consultation is neutral; the Ombudsperson does not take a side.
  • This consultation is informal; the Ombudsperson does not prepare for any formal grievance process as that would completely change the tenor of the conversation. The Ombudsperson does not participate in grievance processes in any way.

Please review https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/faculty-ombudsperson/ for a fuller description and contact information.

 

For example, this confidentiality does not extend to threats of harm to self or others, a perceived threat to the university, and in the case of Title IX and ADA violations.

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