The College Ombuds is a resource available to students for help in solving problems and conflicts, and for expressing other concerns that affect their academic or work life in the College. Students should use the services of the Ombuds when they need advice or after efforts to solve their problem have not been successful. They should, however, first try to resolve their concerns through other available channels before seeking the help of the Ombuds.
Discussions with the Ombuds are confidential as permitted by law. They are not, however, a substitute for taking further action. In matters related to gender-based misconduct, the Office will assist anyone in reporting the misconduct, and identify other available helpful resources.
The Ombuds is an advocate for the solution of a problem, not for any particular party, and gives equal attention to the position and rights of all concerned. The Office, however, does not have any decision-making authority in the outcome.
The use of the Office of the Ombuds is not a substitute for formal procedures, such as filing a grievance. The Ombuds also does not participate in any grievance procedures, although the Office can help the visitor understand the process for filing a complaint or a grievance or for putting the College on notice of a problem.