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Welcome to the Ombuds Office

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE:

The Brown University Ombuds Office is open and providing its full range of services to the community remotely. To make an appointment to discuss an issue, request a facilitation or training, or to introduce yourself to the new interim 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.

Please remember that the Ombuds Office is here to partner with you as you face any kind of workplace or academic conflict or concern. Regardless of the issue or its source, the Ombuds Office is here for you.

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.  If you feel that you cannot leave contact information, please write down two or three times you are available to meet, and put the paper under the door.  I will try to be there, and can also put a note on the door as to when I will be there.

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.