The faculty and staff ombuds operate independently and follow the guiding principles and standards, and code of ethics outlined by the International Ombuds Association. 


The Ombuds is independent in structure, function, and appearance to the highest degree possible within the University.
Neutrality and Impartiality
The Ombud, as a designated impartial, remains unaligned and impartial. The Ombuds does not engage in any situation which could create conflict.


The Ombuds holds all communications with those seeking assistance in strict confidence, and does not disclose confidential communications unless given permission to do so. The only exception to this privilege of confidentiality is where there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm.


The Ombud, as an informal resource, does not participate in any formal adjudicative or administrative procedure related to concerns brought to his or her attention.

Code of Ethics

The International Ombuds Association’s Code of Ethics provides a common set of professional ethical principles to which members adhere in their organizational Ombuds practice. Learn about the code of ethics.