What is an Ombuds Office?Mountain reflected in lake

The Ombuds Office is a confidential, impartial, informal and independent problem-solving and conflict resolution resource for all members of the University community.  We are pleased to serve students, faculty and staff. The Ombuds Office provides a safe place to help individuals review options for managing or resolving interpersonal disputes and university-related problems.  We do not provide legal services nor advocate for anyone.  We operate under the Standards of Practice set forth by the International Ombudsman Association (IOA).  Learn more on our standards of practice.

By visiting with the Ombuds Office, you and the Ombuds agree that the Ombuds Office will not disclose or keep records of individually identifiable information, unless given permission by you; we will not testify or participate in any formal proceeding; communications with the Ombuds are privileged, the only exception being imminent harm to another person or yourself.  This agreement fosters confidentiality and helps provide a safe and neutral place for discussing any concerns.

The Ombuds Office is not authorized to accept notice of claims against the university.  Further, as a confidential campus resource, the Ombuds Office is neither a “responsible employee” in relation to sexual harassment/misconduct nor authorized to serve as a “campus security authority” for purposes of reporting crimes on campus.

View our chancellor's authorization letter here.