About Us

The Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson was established in the fall of 2013 at the recommendation of Seattle University (SU) Faculty.

The Office supports a culture that is ethical and civil, and in which mutual understanding can be reached and differences resolved through respectful dialogue and fair processes.

To afford faculty the greatest freedom in using its services, the office is an independent, confidential, impartial, and informal resource made available to all SU faculty members.

What is an ombudsperson?

The Faculty Ombudsperson is a designated neutral or impartial facilitator whose major function is

to provide confidential and informal guidance to the university’s faculty and

  • to assist them with their complaints, concerns and issues;
  • to assist faculty in identifying appropriate offices, committees, and university rules and policies;
  • and serve when appropriate as an informal mediator of early-stage complaints and to mediate as an impartial party.

The Faculty Ombudsperson is not an advocate either for faculty or administration. The Faculty Ombudsperson is not authorized to receive notice of any claims against SU. The office supplements, but does not replace, existing formal grievance mechanisms at the university.

The Faculty Ombuds office operates according to the International Ombudsman Association standards of practice: Independence, Neutrality and Impartiality, Confidentiality and Informality utilizing the Organizational Model of Ombuds process.

The Faculty Ombudsperson role is being reimagined.

The role of an Ombudsperson is being reimagined and expanded to a full-time position to support faculty and staff. Provost Shane Martin and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Natasha Martin, JD, have convened a working group that includes members selected by Academic Assembly and the Staff Council to offer input into this new role and ideas for making it most productive for both constituencies. Read More


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