If the student has explored all other options and still wish to change supervisors, he or she should talk to the graduate program director. If the supervisor happens to be the graduate program director, the student should talk to the chair of the academic unit. If the student remains uncertain or dissatisfied, he or she should talk to the vice-dean graduate studies of his/her home faculty. Beyond that, the student can talk to the university ombudsperson. The student can request that the exchanges with any or all of these individuals (directors, vice-dean, ombudsperson) remain confidential.
The bulk of the controversy surrounded whether she invaded her partners' rights to privacy , and whether the subjects of Owen's faux thesis have a right to sue, as was done in the case of Jessica Cutler when Cutler published details of her sex life on a blog .  It also raised questions as to whether double standards exist if the reaction would have been the same had the faux thesis been written by a male.  The faux dissertation attracted additional attention because some of the men whom Owen ranked were from the lacrosse team , and there was an unrelated sex controversy surrounding the team a few years prior.