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Campus Alternatives for Faculty Conflict Resolution                

If a situation is not suitable for mediation, or a party declines to participate, the following campus resources may also be considered.

The Office of the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds

For professional ombuds and mediation services

The Office of the Ombuds is an independent unit of the university that seeks to informally resolve differences through diplomacy. It maintains the strictest confidence, and information is not disclosed without express permission, except where endangerment is concerned. The Ombuds is charged to serve the entire campus community including faculty, students, and staff, and can provide mediation services.

To clarify the distinction, Faculty Peer Mediation is a faculty-led approach that engages trained volunteer faculty mediators who help colleagues resolve conflict and repair working relationships.

The Office for Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination

The Office for Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination

For issues involving illegal discrimination or sexual harassment

OPHD resolves allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment through formal independent investigation or alternative resolution. Resolution options include counseling, negotiation, education, and enabling disciplinary action.

Privilege and Tenure Committee

Privilege and Tenure Committee

For formal allegations of Academic Senate Faculty Misconduct

The P&T committee has jurisdiction over grievance, disciplinary, and early termination cases affecting Academic Senate members. It considers allegations of faculty misconduct, such as procedural violations, filed through a formal administrative process. Allegations are addressed in a senate member’s academic review.

The Research Ethics Program

The Research Ethics Program

For formal allegations of research misconduct

The Research Ethics Program in cooperation and alignment with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research may be contacted for questions concerning research misconduct. UC San Diego’s Integrity of Research Policy and Procedures outlines research misconduct, reporting, and investigation, which is overseen by the Research Integrity Officer.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP)

For counseling services or assistance with challenging or dysfunctional work units

FSAP is a confidential service designed to help all campus employees and the members of their immediate household resolve concerns that may be affecting personal well-being and/or job performance. FSAP can provide individual counseling, support, and resources, as well consultation assistance to address departmental behavioral issues.

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