An ombuds office provides a safe and confidential setting where students, faculty, or staff feel respected and where they can be candid and forthright. Ombuds have four main principles—they are confidential, impartial, informal, and independent. You may choose to contact an ombudsperson for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, you just want to talk. You may be reluctant to go through formal channels, or do not know where to begin.
The University has three Ombuds offices to serve different audiences: