What is an Ombuds?
The ombuds is an informat, neutral, and, in most cases, confidential resource for new and continuing gradaute students to raise questions or concerns about any aspect of their graduate experiences.
University policy requires the ombuds to report cases of research misconduct to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships. Likewise, an ombuds must report situations in which students and others are in eminent risk or danger. Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Gabauer are mandatory reporters of sexual harassment and sexual violence allegations.
Examples of concerns brought to an ombuds include adjusting to graduate school, relationships with major professors, conditions associated with graduate staff appointments, academic and funding difficulties, or any issue related to 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 the students in University matters.