The Academic Ombudsman, a faculty member to whom students may bring complaints about teaching, operates under the following conditions. The Ombudsman will have a purely communicative function. If, after discussing the complaint with the Ombudsman, the student desires, the Ombudsman shall communicate the nature of the complaint to the instructor involved. Then, if the student thinks an insufficient corrective effort has been made, the student may discuss the matter with the Ombudsman and request that the complaint be forwarded to the instructor’s department chair. The Ombudsman shall regard all information received by virtue of the position as absolutely confidential, except as provided in this statement. Students who do not choose to use the services of the Ombudsman can use the process of administrative appeal, starting first with the instructor, then the instructor’s department chair, the dean, and finally the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Complaints should be resolved at the lowest level.
This Catalog represents the University’s best effort to communicate information on academic programs, policies, rules, and regulations that were in effect at the time of its publication. Students should be aware that the University reserves the right to modify these programs, policies, rules, and regulations at any time within a student’s term of residence. The University’s policy is to provide notice of any such modifications sufficiently in advance of their implementation to ensure adjustments without undue inconvenience. Before pre-registering for any academic term, students should contact the administrative office of their academic department or college to verify the most current information.