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How a meeting works

When you meet with an Ombudsman your entire conversation is confidential. The only exceptions to this are when there is eminent risk of danger or cases of research misconduct. Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Gabauer are mandatory reporters of sexual harassment and sexual violence allegations. You can think of an Ombudsman as a "Thinking Partner" - someone who will help you come up with options for the issue(s) you are having.

  • What concerns can I share with an Ombudsman?

Examples of concerns that have been brought by students include relationships with major professors, conditions associated with graduate staff appointments, and academic difficulties. However, an ombudsman can assist with any issue related to your graduate education.

  • What is a meeting with an Ombudsman like?

Most meetings are usually 30 to 60 minutes. The setting is confidential to the degree allowed by law and university policy, neutral, and informal. Occasionally, an ombudsman will invite a second listener with expertise in a particular area, like employment policies, to a follow-up meeting.