Limits of the Ombuds Office

Communication to the Office will not constitute formal notice to the College about existence of any problem including but not limited to alleged violations of law, regulations, or policies such as sexual harassment, issues covered by the whistleblower policy or incidents subject to reporting under the Clery Act or Title IX. Although visitors to the Office may make such allegations, the Office is not a “campus security authority” as defined by the Clery Act or a “responsible authority” under Title IX, nor is it required to report these allegations to the College.

The office will not…

  • Disclose your concern or conflict with anyone else without your explicit permission, except if we believe that disclosure is necessary to address an imminent risk of serious harm to you or someone else
  • Take sides. The Ombuds specifically cannot advocate for anyone
  • Make management decisions
  • Offer legal advice or provide psychological counseling
  • Act as an advocate or representative for anyone
  • Maintain records or accept notice for the College
  • Participate in or administer any formal grievance or proceeding
  • Mandate, order or enforce behaviors or rules
  • Sanction anyone
  • Conduct formal investigations
  • Meet with anyone who doesn’t want to meet with the Ombuds