The Ombuds Office is available to all UNLV employees, including full-time and part-time, classified staff, administrative faculty, academic faculty, executive administrative faculty, and, in their role as employees, graduate students.
The Ombuds Office is designed to be a neutral and off-the-record confidential channel of communication, subject to the narrow exemption described below, that supplements, rather than replaces, existing formal channels of communication and/or grievance or complaint procedures such as Employee Relations, Office of Equal Employment and Title IX, the Faculty Senate’s grievance process, and the University Administration. Itis intended to help identify, without breaking confidentiality, policies, practices, and emerging trends where systemic change may be appropriate. As such, it is intended to help faculty and staff understand university policies, support ethical practices, and assist the university's efforts to achieve the highest standards for employee relations.
The work of the Ombuds Office is conducted in such a way that all members of the University community are treated in a respectful, dignified, equitable, and just manner.
Acting as a neutral party that can provide confidential and informal conflict resolution assistance, the Ombuds Office discharges four primary responsibilities:
The Ombuds Office is a space where you can confidentially speak to an independent, neutral party about those concerns. We are here to listen.
The Ombuds Office promotes a more equitable campus by disseminating information about employee rights and responsibilities, raising awareness of options for redress of issues, teaching techniques for resolving conflicts, and providing guidance about the dispute resolution process.
The Ombuds Office will develop and host a voluntary mediation program for colleagues that provides for confidential, neutral, and informal conflict resolution for UNLV employees. Mediation does not alter the authority of managers and supervisors to address and manage issues in the workplace. It can, however, supplement rather than limit or replace established grievance or complaint procedures.
The Ombuds provides periodic upward feedback to the University administration on issues observed in specific units and/or university-wide, advocating for positive system change when appropriate without disclosing facts or information that could identify any individual who sought assistance from the Ombuds Office.