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How a meeting works

When you meet with an ombuds, your entire conversation is confidential. (Sometimes, graduates students do give permission to share concerns or to ask questions about them.) The only exceptions are when there is eminent risk of danger or in cases of research misconduct. In addition, Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Gabauer are mandatory reporters of sexual harassment and sexual violence allegations. You can think of an ombuds as a "Thinking Partner" - someone who will help you come up with options for the concern you are having.

  • What concerns can I share with an ombuds?

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 ombuds may assist with any issue related to your graduate education.

  • What is a meeting with an ombuds like?

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

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