At the University of Kentucky, Academic Ombud Services is responsible for resolving academic related problems and conflicts. The two major areas of activity for UK's Academic Ombud involve 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.
Professional, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as faculty contact Academic Ombud Services with a variety of questions and concerns. Students often want to be pointed in the right direction while others want to discuss complex situations. Faculty inquiries often involve how the University Senate Rules relate to an instructor's particular course; issues often involve attendance, Dead Week, and the procedures for violations of academic integrity.
All inquiries are held in confidence.
Academic Ombud Services handles issues related to student academic rights and 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
- Determinations of plagiarism and other academic offense issues
- Disability accommodation issues
- Cross-cultural misunderstandings and personality conflicts