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Gov. McMaster proclaims Oct. 12 as ‘Ombuds Day,’ learn more about the Clemson Ombuds office


South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed Thursday, October 12, 2023, as “Ombuds Day” throughout the state of South Carolina, encouraging all to learn more about the ombuds profession and its essential services.

The Clemson University Ombuds office is a confidential, independent, neutral, informal, and safe resource where the Clemson community can go to process concerns, get information, and develop options for how to move forward in a difficult situation. The University Ombuds can provide education, conflict coaching, mediation, facilitation, and referrals to other resources across Clemson University.

Gordon Halfacre serves as the University Ombuds for Clemson faculty and students, and Tessa Byer serves as the University Ombuds for Clemson faculty, staff and students. They can meet with you over the phone, via video chat or in-person. The Ombuds office is located on 135 Old Greenville Highway, Suite 203 in Clemson (next to Esso Club). Free parking is available.

“I’m glad the state and the university are strengthening awareness of our office and what we can do for faculty, staff, and students when they are in conflict or confusing situations,” said Byer. “Come in with a problem, and leave with a plan for how you are going to move forward.”

The Ombuds office also offers conflict management training services, including a four-part conflict resolution series for faculty that begins Wednesday, October 18 at 8 a.m. The Ombuds website also maintains a list of Frequently Asked Questions, as well as self-help resources.