UNT Ombuds retiring, many resources still available on campus

UNT Ombuds Belinda Newman is retiring Aug. 29 after 11 years of service. Newman, a certified mediator, has worked in mediation and dispute resolution during her more than 36 years in higher education.

As UNT’s Ombuds, Newman has provided faculty and staff information, advice, intervention and referrals to ensure they receive fair and equitable treatment.

The university also has programs in place to assist faculty and staff through the Office of Equal Opportunity in the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity. The OEO is responsible for enforcing the university’s equal opportunity policies and for investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. UNT is in the process of training 20 faculty and staff mediators and plans to have that resource in place at the end of October. Moving forward, the university will evaluate what is most needed on campus to complement the existing programs.

Other resources UNT provides:

“I will always appreciate and cherish the opportunity of serving as the University Ombuds,” Newman said. "I am heartened by the faculty and staff who love UNT.” ​

For more information visit UNT Campus Human Resources.