The University of Memphis Faculty Ombudspersonis an independent, confidential, impartial (neutral), and informal resource, chosen
from the UM faculty, who is available to all members of the University faculty, including
all tenured, tenure-track, clinical, research, and one-year instructors, to facilitate
dispute resolution through cooperation, consensus, education and mediation.
The major function of the Ombudsperson is to provide confidential and informal assistance
to faculty of the institution. Serving as an independent, impartial neutral, the Ombudsperson
is neither an advocate, attorney, or officer of formal notice, for any individual
nor the University, but rather, serves as an advocate for fairness, equity, and compliance
with policies and due process. The Ombudsperson acts as a source of information and
referral, aids in answering questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns and
critical situations. More specifically, the Ombudsperson engenders awareness and skill
development in the areas of conflict resolution, communication, team building and
Ombudsperson's activities assist the faculty to resolve complaints that have not risen
to the level of formal grievances, with the goal of promoting alternatives to adversarial
processes. The office supplements, but does not replace, the university's existing
resources for conflict resolution. Staff and student conflicts should be directed
to the Department of Human Resources and the Division of Student Affairs respectively.
The Ombudsperson maintains collaborative relationships with other University offices
(e.g., Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Affirmative Action, Student Affairs) in
the conduct of her/his functions.
University of Memphis Faculty Senate Ombudsperson
Lawrence A. Pivnick