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How We Work With Visitors

When people come to the ombuds office we may be able to help them in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Explore Options

    Listen to visitor’s concerns and help identify possible avenues for resolution and alternative resources and strategies, and weigh relative merits of options.

     

  2. Provide Coaching

    Provide visitor with alternative approaches and methods; role play and rehearse communications; help visitor plan next steps; advise on choice of language, tone, etc.

  3. Gather Information

    Reach out directly to Penn resource(s) to gather information pertinent to the resolution of the dispute.

  4. Refer to Penn Policy

    Direct visitor to formal University policies, procedures, and practices.

  5. Refer to Internal Penn Resource

    Provide visitor with description of and contact information for potentially useful resource(s) within the University

  6. Refer to External Resource

    Provide visitor with description of and contact information for potentially useful resource(s) outside the University.

  7. Offer and Host Informal Mediation/Facilitated Conversation

    Offer to serve as neutral intermediary between parties wishing to meet to discuss issues, concerns, conflicts, etc., and host meeting upon request and mutual agreement of parties.

  8. Provide Shuttle Diplomacy

    Serve as conduit between parties who cannot or are not willing to communicate directly with each other.

ARRANGE A CONSULTATION

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