Functions of the Ombuds

Pursuant to University Senate Rules and Regulations
Article VI. Section 6.2.2

6.2.2 Ombuds Office. The University and Faculty Ombuds shall be available (a) to receive and attempt to resolve individual grievances of members of the University community; and (b) to recommend procedural changes within the University in response to experience acquired in investigating individual cases. Powers. The University and Faculty Ombuds shall have access to all administrative officials of the University and, in accordance with law, to all University records, including those of faculty members. They shall not have authority to take disciplinary action, reverse decisions, or circumvent existing University rules and procedures. They shall supplement, not replace, other means, where they exist, for redress of grievances. All proceedings in individual cases shall be held confidential by the Ombudsman unless otherwise authorized by the complainant. Reports. The University and Faculty Ombuds shall at least annually make reports to the University community at large.