Throughout the Eberly College of Science, familiar contacts or ombudspeople, that an individual can seek and talk to have been designated. This system has proven to be very successful in providing help in addressing sensitive departmental issues.
The function of the ombuds program is to provide a safe and informal environment for individuals to discuss problems and issues outside of formal channels. Any issue may be brought to the attention of the ombuds. The ombudsperson can help develop strategies, clarify interests and goals, and identify other resources at the university that may be available to assist in certain situations. It is also important to note that speaking to the ombuds does not constitute notice to the university.
The ombuds do not have the power to change rules or polices; and will disclose only information that they are required to as mandated reporters (crimes, harassment). They are there to help identify options and strategies available to the individual.
The Department of Biology has appointed two ombudspeople who would be happy to chat with you: Charlie Anderson and Leanna Topper. If you feel that the perspective of an ombudsperson from outside the department would be useful, you may consult any of the ombuds in The Eberly College of Science: For a full listing of all ombuds throughout The College click here. Faculty should note that there is also a University Faculty Ombudsperson should they wish to consult someone outside of The College.