What is an Ombudsman?
The ombudsman is an informal, neutral, and, in most cases, confidential resource for new and continuing graduate students to raise questions or concerns about any aspect of their graduate experiences.
University policy requires the ombudsman to report cases of research misconduct to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Likewise, an ombudsman must report situations in which students and others are in eminent risk of danger. Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Gabauer are mandatory reporters of sexual harassment and sexual violence allegations.
Examples of concerns brought to an ombudsman include adjusting to graduate school, relationships with major professors, conditions associated with graduate staff appointments, academic and funding difficulties, or any issue related to their graduate education. We encourage you to keep us in mind if you or students in your program might benefit from our services.
Please note, we are happy to provide advice, inform students about University resources, and make referrals. Our office, however, does not file formal complaints or keep formal records of visits. We are unable to formally advocate for students in University matters.