Faculty Ombuds Operating Principles

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The University Faculty Ombuds is a member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). The office operations are consistent with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the International Ombudsman Association. 


Office Standards of Practice


  • Provides a safe place to voice concerns, evaluate issues, and identify options.
  • Maintains confidentiality to the extent permitted by law and university policy.
  • Does not keep records.


  • Does not advocate for any party or the University.
  • Promotes fairness and equity.


  • Facilitates communication when appropriate.
  • Does not participate in any formal process.
  • Does not make judgments or decisions.


  • Operates within University policy and reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost for administrative and budgetary purposes.
  • Does not represent the University.
  • Advises and makes recommendations on University policies and processes.