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Mission of the Office of the Faculty and Postdoc Ombudsperson

The Office of Faculty and Postdoc Ombudsperson exists to promote the well-being and mission of the faculty and postdoctoral research fellows and associates, and the University. The Office is committed to standards of behavior that are respectful and just. It endeavors to insure that all faculty members and postdocs are treated fairly and equitably, by facilitating communication, understanding, conflict resolution and change.

The Ombuds Office serves as an independent, confidential, neutral and informal resource to all faculty and postdoctoral fellows and associates.

Confidentiality Policy:

The Brown Ombudsperson will not answer questions about you or anyone with whom we may have spoken.  We will not disclose an individual’s name or specific issue with anyone outside of the Ombuds Office, unless during the course of our discussions with a visitor, you give us permission to do so for the purpose of informal conflict resolution, and if the Ombuds also agrees to attempt informal resolution. The only exception to this pledge of confidentiality is in the very unusual circumstances, such as a court order, or where the ombudsperson believes that disclosure is necessary to address an imminent risk of serious harm, and all other options appear to have been exhausted, in those situations information may need to be shared.