Gianluca De Leo, PhD, MBA
Professor, College of Allied Health Sciences
What is a University Advocate?
The University Advocate is available to any member of the Augusta University faculty.
Typically, the University Advocate hears concerns regarding policy, procedure, and
due process. While the complainant may voice the concern publicly, the issues commonly
are voiced in private for the Advocate to carry forward confidentially to the appropriate
administrative office. Issues discussed with the Advocate are confidential.
The types of issues that are generally appropriate for the University Advocate's involvement:
- Violations of Augusta University or University System of Georgia policies
- Issues regarding adherence to university policies
- Issues regarding the fairness or appropriateness of university policies
- Issues regarding the proper interpretation of university policies
- Issues regarding the proper application of university policies
- Issues that arise without extant policies to resolve the situation
- Issues that expose inter-policy conflict or inconsistent inter-administrative policy interpretations
- Issues regarding the adequacy of shared governance representation
Common interventions of the University Advocate:
- Provides a sounding board for concerns and complaints
- Discusses options available to the complainant
- Identifies relevant policies
- Serves as a resource to interpret policies
- Identifies appropriate avenues of redress
- Serves as a witness to grievance processes
- Shares concerns or issues with the appropriate administrative office or representative
- Publicizes issues or concerns that affect various constituents across the university
Generally, the University Advocate refers issues that center on interpersonal disputes
to the Office of the University Ombudsperson.