The Faculty Senate, in cooperation with the Provost, created the position of Faculty Ombudman to act as a neutral agent in faculty disputes. The Ombudsman informally assists in resolving concerns or problems related to issues of faculty rights and responsibilities; acts as a confidential and informal resource for information, mutual communication channel, a complaint receiver, and dispute resolution facilitator; fosters communication between members of the campus community; and promotes the values of fairness, equity, justice, equality of opportunity and mutual respect. All inquiries are confidential unless the faculty member gives the Ombudsman permission to go to a third person. Anyone with questions or concerns are invited to contact Ron Stockton at 35384 or Rstock@Umich.edu