Faculty Ombuds FAQs
An Ombuds is a person who serves as an informal and impartial resource to assist faculty with issues and concerns related to their work experience. The goal of the Faculty Ombuds Office is to provide a free, confidential space for faculty to bring issues and concerns, to be heard, and to receive assistance in strategizing and exploring options. The work of the Ombudsperson is three fold: 1) listening; 2) strategizing, exploring options, and information gathering; and 3) identifying patterns and instances of concern, and where appropriate, recommending policy or procedure change.
Typical issues relate to working relationships, policies and job requirements, or simply needing a sounding board. Examples include conflicts with co-workers, managers or staff; inappropriate or disrespectful behavior; bullying; perceived inequitable access to resources; understanding university policies and procedures; awareness of resources; and referrals. Perhaps one simply needs a safe space to discuss a problem or get help deciding whether an issue is a problem; maybe one is unsure who to talk to or whether there are resources, or needs a fresh, impartial listener.
The WCU Faculty Ombuds Office is not a substitute for any other department or office on campus but rather is an informal place where faculty can go to find out more about one’s options or air a concern. Faculty may wish to discuss an issue with an Ombuds first in order to weigh the options that may be available for resolution.
Please be aware that use of email is not a secure or confidential method off communication.