Michael P. Healy, Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law, is our new Academic Ombud. Professor Healy came to UK in 1990 and is an attorney interested in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, international environmental law, and statutory interpretation. He has servied on the University Appeals Board, lectured for undergraduates interested in environmental or mineral law, and served on the Internationalization Task Force in 2007-09.
The Ombud handles issues related to student academic rights — see the Dean of Students’ site on Student Rights and Responsibilities. You should encourage your students to contact the Office of the Academic Ombud Services for counsel and support when faced with issues such as these found on the Ombud’s website (NOTE: this list of issues they handle is for suggestion and is not complete):
- Grade disputes
- Admission/registration problems
- Disciplinary matters
- Perceived favoritism
- Fear of retaliation
- Charges of and sanctions resulting from plagiarism or other academic offenses
- Disability accommodation issues
- Cross-cultural misunderstandings & personality conflicts
There are many other ways that the Ombud works for our students as “an advocate for fairness and equity.” Be sure and become familiar with all the Ombud can do for your students’ success here at the University of Kentucky.
We in the Division of Undergraduate Education welcome Professor Healy to his new role, and we look forward to working with him on our Academic Integrity initiative this coming year!