UH Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman told the campus newspaper that he hopes to have an Ombuds appointed within a month, though he would be disappointed if it didnt happen by the end of the school year. The announcement responds to growing support for re-establishing the Ombuds Office that closed in 2009 after being open just three years.
According to Bley-Vroman, the new Ombuds would report to him and be responsible for developing an expanded office. Meanwhile, a funding bill for a UH Ombuds Office is still pending in the State Legislature. Faculty member and former UH Ombuds, Neil Milner, is providing some guidance to the university. (Ka Leo.)
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