Faculty FAQs

When should I go to the Faculty Ombuds?

  • When you feel you have been treated unfairly
  • When you have a situation that would benefit from improved communication
  • When you need advice on policies or procedures
  • When you have a concern about an office, service, or decision
  • When you want to discuss a sensitive CU-related issue
  • When you are unsure of how to proceed with a conflict or problem
  • When you have career development concerns

How can the Faculty Ombuds help me?

  • By explaining relevant university policies, procedures, and problem-solving channels
  • By helping to identify and evaluate options
  • By mediating disputes
  • By initiating (authorized) discussions with other involved parties
  • By making referrals to other campus and community resources
  • By striving to help students and staff receive fair and equitable treatment within the university system

Are there disputes the Faculty Ombuds do not address?

The Faculty Ombuds do not address disputes between members of the campus community and individuals, companies or organizations not affiliated with the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, the Faculty Ombuds do not handle formal grievances, or legal issues of any kind. You may use the Faculty Ombuds  either before or after using a formal grievance procedure.

What will I gain by my visit to the Faculty Ombuds?

  • A clearer perspective on your issue or concern
  • Enhanced ability to deal effectively with a problem
  • Identification and clarification of options
  • Effective communication skills to resolve interpersonal issues

What other services do the Faculty Ombuds provide?

  • Suggests changes in university policies and procedures 
  • Conducts conflict-related workshops
  • Provides conflict-related consultation with supervisors, faculty, departments, etc.
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