Request A Meeting
How to Schedule a Meeting:
Please feel free to contact Dr. Daniel Hoover, the Ombuds, at any time by phone to schedule a meeting. In the interest of confidentiality, it is best not to share details about your reason for wanting to meet through email.
If you prefer to communicate anonymously, please contact the office at 239-590-1022. Whenever you are ready to "visit" the Ombuds Office, we will arrange a convenient and confidential meeting. We believe we can be most effective if we meet with you face-to-face (Zoom/Teams/In-person), but if necessary we can work with you over the phone. Our standards of practice include independence, impartiality, informality, and confidentiality. For a more detailed understanding of our standards and Code of Ethics, you may visit here.
If you are concerned about contacting our office over email or scheduling an appointment online, please call our office directly at 239-590-1022.
Note: e-mail communications in public universities in Florida, including FGCU, are generally
of public record and because we maintain strict confidentiality our office does not
provide professional Ombuds services via electronic messaging.
You may write "anonymous" for your name with any scheduling option. Scheduling outside of phone call is accomplished through an external website:
All meetings are voluntary and confidential.
**PLEASE note that because of the confidential and informal nature of the Ombudsman, it is not considered an "office of notice" to the University. To give notice to the University, an individual must go to the appropriate office or personnel.
*** CONFIDENTIALITY: As a reminder, all interactions with the Ombuds are strictly confidential except cases where there is consent by visitor; imminent harm to the visitor, others or University, IOA Standards of Practice, applicable law, or required by FGCU policy ( Ex: Title IX related concerns).
Before Visiting The Ombuds:
Initial intake meetings are typically scheduled any may take 30-60 mins. The Ombuds will briefly orient you to the established process and will actively listen to your workplace concern(s). The intake form provides the ombuds anonymous, non-identifying, aggregated information to better track the issues and concerns.
The Ombuds provides anonymous, non-identifying, aggregated feedback to the university. Please note that although providing institutional feedback is an important function of the Ombuds role, it does not outweigh confidentiality. Be assured that all identifying information will be held in strict confidence; demographic information is only reported in aggregate to protect the integrity and confidentiality of the Ombuds process. We do not ask for your name or contact information.
You do not need to bring anything, but if you have documents (email exchanges, letters
of discipline, performance evaluations, etc.) you are welcome to bring them to facilitate
your meeting. However, the Ombuds Office is informal and does not maintain such records.
When and Where: Daniel is willing to meet with you at any time and at any location where you feel comfortable, on campus or off during normal business hours. This can include local restaurants or coffee shops at your convenience. In the interest of providing a neutral and confidential space, our office is located in Edwards 211.
The Ombuds will:
- Provide a comfortable, confidential environment to air workplace problems, concerns or complaints
- Develop an accurate understanding of the problem, concern or complaint
- Explore options for resolution and next steps
- Assist in the review of questions you have regarding a Regulation, Policy or procedure
You do not need to bring anything, but if you have documents (email exchanges, letters of discipline, performance evaluations, etc.) you are welcome to bring them to facilitate your meeting. However, the Ombuds Office is informal and does not maintain such records.