Our new Faculty Ombudsperson is Gigi Durham!
We are excited to welcome Meenakshi Gigi Durham as the new Faculty Ombudsperson. Gigi is a Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a joint appointment in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. She is a distinguished scholar and teacher, has served in a number of administrative roles on campus, and is an active member of the University of Iowa community.
Please call or email to make an appointment with an Ombudsperson.
At this time, the Ombuds Office offers appointments by Zoom, Skype and phone. In-person meetings can be scheduled by request.To schedule an appointment with an ombudsperson, please call (319-335-3608) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No problem too big or too small. Let's talk!
The Office of the Ombudsperson is a resource for any member of the university community -- including students, faculty, staff, postdocs, residents and fellow-- with a problem or concern. We provide informal conflict resolution, mediation services and advocacy for fair treatment and fair process. Our services are:
We offer a safe place to discuss conflicts or any concerns you might have about the university or its policies or procedures, and we will answer your questions, help you figure out your options, refer you to other offices if necessary, and help you resolve your concerns (see How We Can Help). The University of Iowa Operations Manual prohibits retaliation against staff, faculty and students for contacting the Ombuds Office (see Job Security and Protection of Students).
This video provides an overview of the ombuds profession:
We look forward to working with you. Our contact information is located in the About Us section of our website.
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Note to Our Visitors:
The Office of the Ombudsperson is based on the principles of confidentiality, neutrality, informality and independence. By deciding to speak with an ombudsperson, you understand that we will abide by these principles. This means that you understand that the Ombuds Office does not keep records of or disclose confidential information; the Ombuds will not participate in or testify in any formal proceeding, even if asked; and talking with an ombudsperson does not mean that you are notifying The University of Iowa about your concerns.
The Office of the Ombudsperson maintains strict confidentiality. The only exceptions to this are:
- If we learn that there is a risk of physical harm to anyone.
- If we are ordered by a court or required by law to disclose information.
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