Typical Concerns

What Kinds of Issues are Brought to the Ombuds Office?

Any issue may be discussed with the Ombuds. Visitors’ issues may involve concerns with a colleague, advisor, advisee, supervisor, instructor, or co-worker. Each year, over 400 visitors bring more than 600 concerns to the office. Typical issues include:

Career Management

Promotion; performance management; end of appointment; layoff; reorganization; uncollegial environment; overwork; compensation; benefits

Work Relationships

Conflict with colleague, manager, or advisor; difficult staff; inappropriate or disrespectful behavior; abuse of power; bullying

Research Concerns

Authorship; unethical behavior; research misconduct; conflict of interest; time commitment; compliance

Policies & Requirements

Academic and employment guidelines; disciplinary process and rulings; grievance and complaint procedures

Illness, Disability

Disability services; accommodation requests; disability plans; leave options; internal and outside resources

Title IX, Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome, inappropriate behavior; inappropriate relationships


Experience of bias in work and academic environments

Other Concerns

Parking; housing; University services; financial aid; community safety


Attached is a document presented by former University Ombuds, Lydia Cummings to the East Coast Ombuds Group in 2003 which may be of interest concerning bullying and harming behavior.

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