The Ombuds Office is a safe resource for Faculty, Staff and Administrators to privately discuss questions, concerns and disputes. The Ombuds can help find solutions, options and strategies for dealing with issues, make referrals to other resources, assist in gathering information, help clarify alternatives, provide training and coaching in conflict resolution skills to groups and individuals and provide facilitation for difficult conversations.
The Ombuds does not make judgements, take sides or advocate for one side. The Ombuds does Advocate for fairness.
The Ombuds Office does not:
- Keep records or identifying information about visitors
- Perform formal investigations
- Serve as a witness in formal procedings
- Have the power or authority to set or change policy or administrative decisions
- Offer legal advice
- Serve as an agent of notice for the College
The Ombuds Office s not part of HR, Staff, Faculty or Administration. It is an independent Office.
Visitors to the Ombuds Office can expect their conversations to be kept confidential with narrow and very limited exceptions that include certain aspects of Title IX informaiton.
The Ombuds is a member of the International Ombudsman Associatoin and subscribes to the Association's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.