Dispute Resolution and Mediation Services
The College of Pharmacy Ombuds offers a range of dispute resolution assistance for College of Pharmacy students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The Ombuds helps individuals identify options for fair and equitable outcomes, and fosters civility and mutual respect. The Ombuds is confidential, independent, neutral/impartial and informal.
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The College of Pharmacy Ombuds is a member of the International Ombudsman Association, and practices in accordance with its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. The Ombuds’ role and relationship to the College is also defined by a Charter Agreement. In general, the Ombuds’ work is guided by four ethical tenets:
The Ombuds does not keep records, and will not disclose the names or concerns of its visitors, without permission. (The only exception being when the Ombuds believes there is an imminent risk of physical harm.)
The Ombuds does not take sides in any dispute, but rather advocates for a fair process and equitable results.
The Ombuds listens, offers information about College policies, procedures and resources, and presents a range of options for resolving problems. With permission, the Ombuds will facilitate communication or mediate a dispute. The Ombud does not arbitrate, adjudicate, or participate in formal procedures. If a visitor would like to pursue a formal process, the Ombuds will direct them to the appropriate office.
Meeting with the Ombuds does not give official notice to the College and functions independently from all College administrative authorities and processes. The Ombuds has sole authority to manage the budget and operations of the office.