Ombuds are members of the department who offer informal and confidential help for all employees and students who have an issue for which they need advice about appropriate channels for resolution. The goal of the Ombuds is to make appropriate recommendations and suggest resources on how to resolve the concern. Recommendations from the Ombuds are non-binding. When visiting with an Ombuds, you can expect complete confidentiality to discuss any matters of concern (not only academic) to the degree allowed by law and University policy.
Specifically, the Ombuds:
- Listens to concerns.
- Analyzes these concerns and explores options for resolving the concerns.
- Provides information about policies and services.
- Facilitates dialogue between personnel and University offices and administrators.
- Applies common sense conflict resolution and conciliation methods to assist with informal resolution prior to filing a grievance.
- Recommends changes in policy and/or work procedures.
The Ombuds report only summary information to the Department Head (e.g., number of meetings). The Department Head will select Ombuds each year.
Spring 2023 Ombuds
In Spring of 2023, department Ombuds are: