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:
- CARE Team responds to disruptive or potentially threatening behavior and provides resources to those involved. There is a similar service available to students.
- The Employee Assistance Program is available to help employees with family, legal or financial issues, substance abuse or other stressful events.
- Title IX Coordinator Eve Bell ensures the university’s compliance with Title IX, including the university’s grievance procedures for resolving Title IX complaints for students, faculty and staff.
- The Multicultural Center cultivates a campus environment where people of all identities and experiences can thrive.
- The Pride Alliance is a gender and sexuality resource center and a safe and welcoming space for all.
“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.