Ombuds Advisory Group

Brief Description: 

Advises the Ombuds person of trends among their respective constituencies and to seek guidance for pro-active resolution.

Background: 

In the summer of 2010 the UO Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Respectful Workplace was formed. The committee included all campus stakeholders, to make recommendations to the UO Senate regarding a campus wide cultural shift for a respectful workplace. The committee reviewed UO policies, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), state and federal laws, and policies at other institutions of higher education. Educating ourselves about Ombuds Offices and the International Omudsman Association (IOA) was our focus. The Classified Staff, Officer of Administration Council (OAC), Faculty Advisory Council (FAC), and Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) were strong supporters of the establishment of an Ombuds office and participated in the development process in several stages along the way. We found that ten of the PAC 12 institutions have an Ombuds Office and all of our comparator peer institutions have an Ombuds Office. In the March 2013 UO Senate meeting, a resolution was passed to support the University’s decision to hire an Ombuds person for our campus.

The OA Council views the Ombuds office as being extremely important and will select a member from within the council or general OA population each year to participate on the Ombuds AAG Advisory Committee and serve as a liaison between the OAC and Ombuds office
Charge and Responsibilities: 

The charge of this advisory group is to provide a sounding board to bounce concepts and ideas as well as serving as constructive critics to assess many campus initiatives. During the first year and every 10 years following, the Ombuds AAG will review this document and the role of the committee in consultation with the UO Ombuds person in order to establish the most effective and collaborative advisory committee. Recommendations for changes in the committee will be brought to the UO Senate for approval.

Membership Requirements: 
  • 1 SEIU representative
  • 1 GTFF representative
  • 1 Teamsters representative
  • 1 United Academics representative
  • 1 OA Council representative
  • 1 ASUO representative
  • 1 non-GTFF graduate student
  • 1 NTTF representative
  • 2 TTF representatives
  • 1 University Administration representative, ex officio

The list of chosen representatives shall be provided to the Committee on Committees for review. If the Committee on Committees has recommendations regarding the make-up of this advisory group, it must contact all of the constituencies to collaborate in assuring adequate equity and inclusion in membership.

Reporting Deadlines: 

None. Ombuds Program will make an annual report to the University President and the UO Senate.

Reports to the Senate: 
Current Members: 
MemberUnitContactTerm Exp June
 Chair
 - SEIU rep 2017 
  - GTFF rep 2017 
TBD - Teamsters 2017 
  - United Academics rep 2017 
 - OA Council rep 2017 
 - ASUO rep 2017 
 - non-GTFF Graduate Student 2017 
Charles DoldAEI - NTTF representativedold@uoregon.edu2017 
Nicholas ProudfootMathematics - TTFnjp@uoregon.edu2017 
Elizabeth SkowronCounseling Psychology - TTFeskowron@uoregon.edu2017 
Kenneth DoxseeProvost's Office & Academic Affairsdoxsee@uoregon.eduEx Officio 
Brett HarrisOmbudspersonbharris9@uoregon.eduEx Officio 
Category or Type: 

Standing Committee

Selection Process: 

Appointed