VI. Office Structure
Because of the independent nature of the Ombuds Office, and in congruence with IOA Standards of Practice, 2.3.: “The Ombudsman is a designated neutral reporting to the highest possible level of the organization and operating independent of ordinary line and staff structures. The Ombudsman should not report to nor be structurally affiliated with any compliance function of the organization,” the Ombuds Office shall report to the Provost and to University Senate for administrative and budgetary purposes only.
The Ombuds Office, in consultation with the Provost and University Senate, shall determine appropriate mechanisms for accountability, including regular evaluation of the Ombuds Office (see below, “VII. Evaluation of the Ombuds Office and Staff”). To fulfill its function, the Ombuds Office shall have a specific allocated budget, adequate and appropriate space, sufficient resources to meet operating needs, and continuing professional development of its staff.
Policies for staffing the University Ombuds Office are described under Article V, Section I of U.S.R.R., including the qualifications and terms of office for the University Ombuds and the Faculty Ombuds.