Office of the Ombudsperson

The Ombuds office is a safe, informal, impartial, and strictly confidential place where students and postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences can freely discuss any issue of concern. Matters up for discussion can be personal or professional, and may include:

  • Academic or career concerns
  • Issues involving authorship or intellectual property
  • Conflicts with co-workers, mentors or other interpersonal issues
  • Harassment, discrimination, or any other unfair treatment
  • Uncertainty about or unfair application of a policy

While we strive to help you resolve problems, we cannot impose solutions. Our aim is to resolve conflict to the mutual satisfaction of all parties involved. We do not conduct formal investigations nor do we participate in any formal hearing or grievance process.

How We Can Help You

We are here to listen. The Ombudsperson is a neutral party, who does not take sides. Together, we explore all options for swift resolution. Our goal is to help you to resolve conflict before problems escalate. We can offer advice, mediate disputes, facilitate meetings, or offer information for referral or additional Institutional resources--including appropriate channels for grievance or appeal. You control the process. The Ombudsperson will not act upon or initiate any process nor contact anyone on your behalf without your permission--except in rare situations involving the commission of a crime or the risk of imminent physical harm, in which cases we are bound by law to contact the proper authorities. To uphold privacy and confidentiality, we do not keep minutes or records of meetings or discussions. We report broad statistical information to the Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine, annually. However, we do not report names or identify specific cases.