What Can We Not Do?
Ombuds do not serve as advocates or adjudicators nor do they make decisions about University policy. They cannot compel anyone to accept their recommendations. They act outside the usual administrative procedures, but they do not subvert them. They are not involved in formal investigations or compliance functions.
Ombuds do not take sides. They do not offer legal advice. The office does not keep records and all informal notes are destroyed promptly at the end of the meeting.
Contact with the Ombuds office is not regarded as official notice to the University.