Each department in the College of Science has two ombudspersons who have been charged to provide a safe and informal environment for individuals to discuss problems and issues outside of formal channels. Maria Krasilnikova, Ola Sodeinde and Lorraine Santy are the ombudspersons for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Any issue may be brought to the attention of the ombudsperson. They 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 ombudsperson does not constitute notice to the university, and they will not disclose any information provided in confidence (the only exception to this rule being a potential risk to safety or if a crime was committed).
The ombudspersons serve as complements to the HR office to provide an environment that encourages the use of multiple options to resolve issues and increase communication. They can serve as a first contact in the resolution of intradepartmental issues. Although ombudspersons do not have the power to change rules or policies, they can help identify common and reoccurring issues that could be addressed department or college-wide. If at any time you feel that you cannot go to one of our ombudspersons, feel free to contact the HR office with any and all issues that you have.