Office of the Ombudsperson

OFFICE OF THE

University Ombudsman

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Investigation Process – Attending an Interview with an Advisor

If an employee attends an interview as part of an investigation, they may have an advisor accompany them.  An employee may choose their own advisor, but is required to notify the investigator of the advisor’s name at least 24 hours before the interview.  This is to ensure that the chosen advisor does not have a conflict of interest within the context of the investigation.  If the employee is a member of a bargaining unit, the advisor may be a union representative.

The role of an advisor is to support the individual by providing procedural information and/or moral support during the process. During the interview, an advisor may speak or ask questions regarding the investigation process. The advisor will not be permitted to make legal submissions or arguments on behalf of the individual, or to disrupt the interview.  Individuals who are being interviewed are required to answer all interview questions themselves.