109 Bradley Hall • ombud@uky.edu • 859-257-3737 • University Senate Rules
Michael Healy, Academic Ombud
Michael Healy
Academic Ombud
Laura Anschel, Assistant to the  Academic Ombud
Laura Anschel
Assistant Academic Ombud

The national government of Sweden first coined the term “Ombudsman” to designate “the people’s deputy” who was charged with facilitating smooth and fair interactions between individual citizens and agencies of government. The contemporary term “Ombud” denotes a person designated within an organization to help resolve problems and conflicts.

At the University of Kentucky, the Office of Academic Ombud Services is responsible for resolving academic related problems and conflicts. The major arenas of activity for UK’s Academic Ombud include both student academic rights and violations of academic integrity. The primary task of the Ombud is to ensure fair policies, processes, and procedures that are equitably implemented. Thus, the Academic Ombud is a neutral party working as an advocate for fairness and equity.

What types of problems does the Office of Academic Ombud Services handle?

Issues related to Student Academic Rights and problems concerning the commission of Academic Offenses including, but not limited to:

  • Grade disputes
  • Registration problems
  • Academic issues related to disciplinary matters
  • Perceived favoritism
  • Fear of retaliation
  • Charges of and sanctions resulting from plagiarism or other academic offenses
  • Disability accommodation issues
  • Cross-cultural misunderstandings & personality conflicts

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