Common Issues?

Common Issues Brought to an Ombuds

In general you might bring any issue about which you think something should be done—but you are not sure where to go or what to do. (See What Do We Do?) Common issues include:

  • Academic integrity
  • Advisor-advisee relations, supervisor-supervisee relations
  • Compensation, benefits
  • Ethics issues and Brown University values, any kind of misconduct
  • Fear of coming forward or of acting to stop unacceptable behavior
  • Fear of retaliation, retaliation
  • Grades, academic credit, intellectual property disputes
  • Harassment, discrimination, abuse of power, bullying, unfair treatment
  • Help in writing a reference, evaluation, commendation, a letter of concern, or help in writing responses
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Performance appraisal, disciplinary action
  • Policy issues
  • Safety issues
  • Suggestions for improvement at Brown
  • Working conditions