Ombuds Office

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Common Issues

For many individuals, the Office of the Ombuds is often a safe first step in addressing a problem.  For others, contacting the office may occur later in the evolution of a concern.  Speaking with the Ombuds should help increase your awareness of available alternatives for resolving work-related problems and will enhance your ability to deal more effectively on your own with troubling situations.
Common issues brought to the Office of the Ombuds include:

•    Academic integrity

•    Advisor-advisee or  supervisor-supervisee relations

•    Authorship

•    Compensation and benefits

•    Conflicts of interest

•    Disciplinary action

•    Educational integrity

•    Ethics / Whistle-blowing

•    Favoritism

•    Fear of coming forward or of acting to stop unacceptable behavior

•    Fear of retaliation or actual retaliation

•    Harassment, discrimination, abuse of power, bullying, unfair treatment

•    Help in writing a reference, evaluation, commendation, a letter of concern, or help in writing responses

•    Intellectual property disputes

•    Interpersonal relationships

•    Performance appraisals

•    Personality conflicts

•    Policy issues

•    Racism or other forms of discrimination

•    Research-related issues

•    Safety issues

•    Scientific misconduct

•    Suggestions for improvement at the Medical College of Wisconsin

•    Working conditions

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