The APSA Ombuds is available for consultation with any TLC attendees who believes that they have experienced any form of harassment, or have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the 2020 TLC. For information on how to contact the APSA Ombuds, please visit

The Role of the Ombuds is to:

  • confidentially hear and discuss your concerns with you
  • provide you with valuable guidance and resources for understanding what constitutes sexual harassment and other forms of harassment
  • provide information on, and help explain, options for reporting sexual harassment to APSA
  • outline other avenues and information for pursuing such a complaint
  • offer support and guidance even if you elect to pursue no complaint procedures or reporting whatsoever
  • Please note: The Ombuds plays no role in APSA’s sexual harassment procedures. The Ombuds does not provide legal advice and is not authorized to be an office of notice for APSA.

What to do if you have experienced or witnessed harassment or violations of the APSA Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy onsite at the Teaching and Learning Conference:
There are two possible places to start if you believe that you have experienced sexual harassment, or have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy. The first is the Ombuds of the APSA TLC, who is available for confidential consultation about a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to sexual harassment. The second is the Sexual Harassment Intake Advisor, or an APSA Staff member, the point of first contact if you are considering pursuing the options the APSA offers for reporting and responding to incidents of sexual harassment.  

It is strongly recommended that you first consult with the Ombuds for clarification about the entire range of your options. This consultation is confidential and the details of such a conversation will not be reported to any administrator, officer, or committee of the APSA, except as required by law. At all times, the role of the Ombuds is entirely independent of any sexual harassment complaint you may decide to pursue through the following APSA procedures.

To contact the Ombuds during the 2020 TLC, please email For more information about APSA’s sexual harassment resources, including APSA RESPECT, please visit

Meet the Ombuds - David Rasch

David Rasch is the associate ombuds at the University of California, Santa Barbara. David received his BA in Philosophy from Colgate University, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He recently retired from Stanford University where he served as University Ombuds for 14 years, and now lives in Ojai. Prior to his work as ombuds, he was Director of Stanford’s Faculty/Staff Counseling Center. David served for six years on the Board of Directors for CO-OP, which oversees the testing and certification process for the organizational ombuds profession. In addition to his ombuds work, David also consults and teaches on topics related to writing productivity. He served as the 2017-2019 APSA Annual Meeting Co-Ombuds.