Academic Ombudsman

Draft Version
This is a DRAFT catalog for review and advising purposes. Items in this catalog draft are subject to change until the catalog for 2019-2020 academic year will be officially published on August 1, 2019. The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution. Should changes in a program of study become necessary, those changes will be applied liberally by the institution while the catalog is in draft mode.

The Academic Ombudsman, a faculty member to whom students may bring complaints about teaching, operates under the following conditions. The Ombudsman will have a purely communicative function. If, after discussing the complaint with the Ombudsman, the student desires, the Ombudsman shall communicate the nature of the complaint to the instructor involved. Then, if the student thinks an insufficient corrective effort has been made, the student may discuss the matter with the Ombudsman and request that the complaint be forwarded to the instructor’s department chair. The Ombudsman shall regard all information received by virtue of the position as absolutely confidential, except as provided in this statement. Students who do not choose to use the services of the Ombudsman can use the process of administrative appeal, starting first with the instructor, then the instructor’s department chair, the dean, and finally the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Complaints should be resolved at the lowest level.