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     The Ombuds Office is committed to affirming the values of respect, civility, and community as set forth in the University's mission statement. The Ombuds Office acts to affirm the University's commitment to the well-being of the community by ensuring that a prompt and sensitive response will be made to all reported problems, including incidents of racial and ethnic harassment.
     The Ombuds Office is available to all members of the University community. It is an informal, confidential, neutral place that assists students, faculty, and staff by promptly and fairly responding to problems that arise in the University. By providing options for resolution and by serving as a mediator or negotiator between disputants, the Ombuds Office provides an informal alternative to existing University problem-solving services and procedures.
     The Ombuds Office also makes recommendations to the University regarding efforts to create a healthier campus climate. These recommendations include but are not limited to issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, and disability.

The Ombuds Officer

     The University Ombuds Officer coordinates University efforts regarding incidents of alleged racial and ethnic harassment. Any member of the University community may call or visit the Ombuds Office on matters related to racial and ethnic harassment. For persons involved in such incidents, either as complainants or respondents, the Ombuds Officer is available to answer questions, provide guidance, discuss options, mediate disputes and, when necessary, refer persons to other appropriate resources.
     Matters discussed with the Ombuds Officer are confidential and are not disclosed to anyone unless there is a threat of physical harm to that individual or others without the expressed or written permission of the person seeking advice.