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As we welcome in 2021, the Ombuds Office is here to partner with you as you face any kind of concern or conflict arising from or affecting your work, life, or study at Brown.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Brown University Ombuds Office continues to provide its full range of services to the community. At this time, these services are only being provided remotely for health and safety reasons.  To make an appointment to discuss an issue, request a facilitation or training, or to introduce yourself to the University Ombuds, Julie Weber, please email her at [email protected] or call her at 401-863-6145. Meetings will be conducted with you by phone or Zoom, at your preference.

Also, the Ombuds Office is ready and available to provide a short presentation introducing the Ombuds Office and its off-the-record and confidential services to you and your team/department. During this especially challenging time when there are additional opportunities for conflict, it may be particularly helpful to learn more about the wide array of conflict management services that are offered by the Ombuds Office. Please reach out at any time to schedule a 5 - 20 minute presentation.

Additionally, consider checking out the Brown University Ombuds Office Special Report, published in November, 2020, to learn more about recent Ombuds Office activity, including the types of visitors (e.g., staff, faculty, graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral scholars) who sought services, the kinds of concerns that were shared, and additional visitor trends. 

Stay well and safe, and take good care.

The Ombuds Office provides an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource for faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and associates, graduate students and medical students who have concerns arising from or affecting their work and studies at Brown. 

Meetings are by appointment only to protect visitor's privacy.  

The Ombudsperson, Julie Weber, can offer assistance when you are looking to:

  • clarify university policies and procedures
  • navigate your way through the university bureaucracy
  • explore informal resolution of a conflict
  • get assistance with a difficult conversation with a colleague, co-worker, supervisor, someone you supervise or teach
  • get assistance with someone you are finding difficult
  • think through an ethical or misconduct issue that you would like to address
  • think through any issue arising from your life at Brown
  • find the appropriate person, department or office within the University to respond to your question

The Ombuds Office will not identify you or discuss your concerns with anyone without your permission unless the Ombudsperson determines that there is an imminent risk of serious harm or if the Ombudsperson is compelled to do so.

The Ombuds Office is not authorized to accept legal notice, will not be part of any formal grievance process and will not take sides in any dispute.

             Listening        Options        Policy        Review        Referral

                  Coaching        Faciliatation        Informal Mediation

The Brown Ombuds Office follows the Standards of Practice of The International Ombuds Association - please find more information on the IOA website.  The Brown University Ombuds Office is a voluntary program established on these principles.  No-one is required to use the Office, but if they do, they will be understood to have agreed to abide by these principles, including not calling the Ombuds to testify with respect to confidential communications.