OSU Ombuds Office
The University Ombuds Office provides an informal, impartial, and confidential* means of conflict resolution to all members of the campus community. It is the goal of the Ombuds to foster a culture of healthy, safe and open dialogue, and encourage cooperative problem resolution. If you contact this office to address a specific conflict, the Ombuds will listen to your concerns, hear all perspectives, value diversity, assist you with exploring options for resolution, provide facilitation or mediation services when appropriate, and remain impartial to all parties involved.
Educating the university community is an important component of preventing conflicts from escalating, and can help enable university students and employees to effectively address adversity themselves. Training is available in alternative conflict management techniques, theory, and practice. The University Ombuds Office aims to create an environment which supports the early and effective management of conflict. The office is located in Waldo Hall, Room 113. For more information call 541-737-7028.
*Confidentiality cannot be promised in matters relating to serious crime, or if there is imminent risk of serious harm. Speaking with an Ombuds does not constitute legal notice to the University of any problem, concern or complaint. You must pursue alternative complaint avenues if you wish to obligate the University to respond in any way.