The VBC has trained Ombudspeople who provide informal, confidential advice and information to staff and students on issues related to bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct. All Ombudspeople are members of staff who volunteer to work to provide advice. If you feel you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced bullying, harassment, sexual harrassment or discrimination, you can contact an ombudsperson from the list below. Ombudspeople are also available to staff who have been accused of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, or discrimination.
- The Ombudsperson provides independent, neutral/impartial, confidential and informal support.
- The Ombudspersonholds all communications with those seeking assistance in strict confidence and does not disclose confidential communications unless given permission to do so. The only exception to this privilege of confidentiality is where there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm.
- The Ombudsperson, as an informal resource, does not participate in any formal adjudicative or administrative procedure related to concerns brought to his/her attention.
- Confidential discussions to listen to your concerns or inquiries.
- Complete impartiality, no matter which party to a difficult situation/conflict makes initial contact.
- Help in identifying and evaluating your options, and deciding which option makes the most sense for you.
- Help with addressing issues that you are reluctant to raise within regular channels.
- Only on request, active involvement in resolving problems and speaking with relevant parties in order to do so.
- Facilitating resolutions to disputes.
- Upon request, acting as a mediator or assisting with identifying a suitable mediator.
- Alerting management to systemic trends and issues that give rise to conflict.
That they will act as your advocate.
That they will make decisions on whether bullying or harassment has taken place.
That they will maintain confidentiality if they believe that there is a risk of harm to you or others