Have a question for The SBU Ombuds Officer?
Dr. Gary Ostrower
SBU Ombuds Officer
Room 1B, Butler Hall
Tuesdays, 1-4:30 p.m.
Other times by appointment
SBU Office: (716) 375-2553
The ombuds officer will not voluntarily disclose to anyone outside the Ombuds Office, including the president or the provost, the identify of those seeking the services of the ombuds officer. Nor will the ombuds officer disclose confidential information provided by those seeking aid, except where confidentiality may contribute to imminent risk or serious harm, or where the individual(s) seeking the aid of the ombuds officer express a willingness to forego confidentiality, or where a court of competent jurisdiction may require information from an ombuds officer.
An Ombuds Office exists to provide an informal process for dispute resolution. The office is not designed to replace formal grievance procedures or formal procedures regarding tenure, promotion, reappointment, and termination. The ombuds officer:
Note: Due to the confidential, independent, informal, and neutral functions of the Ombuds Office, communication with the Ombuds Officer DOES NOT constitute legal or formal notice to the University.
The ombuds officer reports to the president or provost of the University except in cases involving the president or provost. In cases involving the provost, the ombuds officer reports to the president. In cases involving the president, the ombuds officer reports to the chair and the vice chair of the Board of Trustees.
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