The Office of the University Ombuds has been established to provide an accessible, informal space in which members of the campus community can seek assistance with navigating challenges or conflicts. The Ombudsperson works to help students, faculty, and staff think through difficult situations, express concerns, and find answers to questions about University policies, procedures and practices in an independent, impartial and confidential manner. The Ombudsperson also promotes conflict management and cooperation throughout the University community through outreach and trainings. When requested, the Ombuds can facilitate informal conversations between parties who may find themselves in conflict.
In their dealings with visitors, the Ombuds will act with integrity and will advocate,
not for any individual, but for fairness, equitable treatment, and respect throughout
the University community. The Ombuds adheres to the Code of Ethics and Standard Operating Practices of the International Ombudsman Association and serves as a sensor and resource person
in identifying systemic institutional problems.