APA Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination
Description of the Role of the Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination
Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination is an ex officio member of the committee for the Defense of the
Professional Rights of Philosophers (“CDPRP”), the Committee on
Inclusiveness in the Profession, and the Academic Career Opportunities and
Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination shall receive complaints of
discrimination and, where possible, serve as a resource to members
regarding such complaints. The Ombudsperson shall serve as a resource by,
among other things, (i) educating the complainant on the APA’s Statement
on Nondiscrimination; (ii) advising the complainant of publicly available
anti-discrimination resources; and (iii) assisting the complainant in
gathering the employer’s (or prospective employer’s) relevant policies and
Ombudsperson shall communicate and coordinate with the CDPRP where
appropriate, particularly if there is a prima facie violation of a
Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination, in consultation with the relevant
diversity committee, may deem a complaint not to merit further pursuit by
Ombudsperson shall make clear to any complainants that the Ombudsperson is
NOT providing legal advice and that the availability of an APA
Ombudsperson is not intended to substitute for a complainant’s either
making use of internal institutional mechanisms for addressing complaints
of discrimination or for consulting expert legal advice. Moreover, it is
not the role of the APA Ombudsperson to assist individuals through their
institution’s internal mechanism for pursuing a complaint of
Ombudsperson is responsible for informing/educating APA membership about
the APA’s Policy on Nondiscrimination. (The APA Nondiscrimination
Statement is appended below.)
Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination is expected to apprise relevant
diversity committees of instances of discrimination and, where
appropriate, to consult with the committee (or committees).
Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination should, if necessary, be able to
consult with a complainant rapidly, within a 24 hour period.
Ombudsperson supplies an annual report to the Executive Director of the
number and nature of the complaints of discrimination and, where known,
how those complaints were resolved by the parties involved.
- A link
to the description of the role of the Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination
as well as his/her contact information will appear on the APA website
sidebar under “Governance.” Contact information for the Ombudsperson for
Nondiscrimination will appear on the “Contact Us” webpage.
Ombudsperson for Nondiscrimination will be appointed by the Executive
Director, on the recommendation of the committee on Inclusiveness in the
Profession, for a term of three years.
- The Placement
Ombudsperson¹ has primary responsibility for addressing onsite problems
arising during convention interviewing, including complaints of
discrimination. The Placement Ombudsperson is to apprise the Ombudsperson
for Nondiscrimination of all on-site discrimination complaints.
¹The Academic Career Opportunities and Placement Committee
provides a Placement Ombudsperson for each APA meeting. The on-site Placement
Ombudsperson is either the Committee Chair, or, if s/he is not attending the
APA meeting, another committee member. The name and contact information of the
Placement Ombudsperson is posted in the placement center at each convention and
handles only complaints that arise during the specific APA meeting.