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International Ombudsman Association

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The International Ombudsman Association (IOA) is an organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of supporting Organizational Ombuds.[1] It was formed after the merger of the University and College Ombuds Association (UCOA) and The Ombudsman Association (TOA).[2]

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Standards of PracticeEdit

The IOA has promulgated both Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics for Organizational Ombudspersons; both are founded on the idea that Ombudspersons are to be confidential, neutral (or impartial), informal, and independent.[3]

Levels of MembershipEdit

The IOA has four levels of membership, including members, associate members, affiliate members, and retiree members. Full membership is granted to practicing Organizational Ombudspersons who adhere to the IOA's standards of practice and code of ethics, holds no conflicting job functions, and do not serve as an agent of the organization for purposes of notice.[4] Associate members are practicing Organizational Omubds who have some other job function which limits the independence, neutrality, confidentiality, or informality of their Ombudsing role, who have no job function which would make them an agent of their organization for purpose of notice, and who support the IOA standards of practice and code of ethics but may be limited in their ability to adhere to them.[5] Affiliate members are persons or entities that support the IOA standards of practice and code of ethics, but who do not serve as Organizational Ombuds.[6] Retiree members practiced Ombudsry for two years as a member of the IOA, UCOA, or TOA before filing for that status.[7]

The organization has over 500 members from a diverse number of countries and a diverse selection of fields, including government, education, and corporate settings.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Ombudsman Association Website, "About Us" Section
  2. ^ Michelle LeBaron, Watchdogs and Wise Ones in Winter Lands: the Practice Spectrum of Canadian Ombudsman, p. 17 fn. 14. Available at http://www.ombudsmanforum.ca/hoffman/2009_paper_e.pdf
  3. ^ Michelle LeBaron, Watchdogs and Wise Ones in Winter Lands: the Practice Spectrum of Canadian Ombudsman, p. 17
  4. ^ International Ombudsman Association, Application for Membership
  5. ^ International Ombudsman Association, Application for Membership
  6. ^ International Ombudsman Association, Application for Membership
  7. ^ International Ombudsman Association, Application for Membership
  8. ^ International Ombudsman Association Website, "About Us"

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