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What is an Ombudsperson?

The term "ombudsman" originated in Sweden in 1809 when an official was appointed to investigate citizens' complaints against the government.  The word literally means "commission man."  In a number of American colleges and universities in recent years, ombudsperson, or ombuds, have been designated to assist in dispute resolution and to promote conflict management and cooperation throughout the campus community.