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Jay Solman

New ombudsperson

January 8, 2009

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Jay Solman, former manager of student and community life, is SFU’s new ombudsperson.

He’ll be working out of the Maggie Benston Centre to ensure that undergraduate and graduates students are treated fairly.

“I’m here to be an impartial opinion on any problem that any member of the university is having,” says Solman, who has a master’s of social work. “It’s like a moral compass—I’m here to make sure policies and procedures are properly followed.”

In a departure from the past, SFU, the Simon Fraser Students Society (SFSS) and the Graduate Student Society now jointly fund the position, which was previously completely funded by the SFSS.

“The new model demonstrates that all members of the SFU community are committed to the principles of fairness and natural justice and that sends a very positive message to our students, faculty and staff,” says Solman. “It creates an impartial, neutral party, which I think is important to the community.”

Solman has worked at SFU for seven years, including two-and-a-half years as assistant director of academic appeals, and previously worked as a clinical counsellor.

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