About Us

The Ombuds Office is an independent, impartial, neutral and confidential resource for faculty and staff and is a member of the International Ombudsman Association and adheres to its Standards of Practice and to its Code of Ethics.

WHO CAN CONTACT THE OMBUDS OFFICE?

The Ombuds Office provides a confidential and informal environment in which faculty and staff can discuss a variety of issues related to Barnard College, except for matters covered by a union, and for students to discuss issues related to a faculty and/or staff member.

WHAT SERVICES DOES THE OMBUDS OFFICE PROVIDE? 

  • Listen to concerns
  • Help you evaluate your situation
  • Explain College policies and procedures
  • Explore your options
  • Assist you to develop strategies for resolving conflicts
  • Engage in informal conflict resolution (only with your permission)
  • Facilitate conversations
  • Mediate disputes
  • Provide information and referrals
  • Analyze ongoing or College-wide trends and issues

WHAT THE OMBUDS OFFICE DOES NOT DO?

The office won't:

  • Disclose any information shared, except if we believe that disclosure is necessary to address an imminent risk of serious harm to you or someone else
  • Report anything to anyone; including the Title IX coordinator
  • Conduct formal investigations
  • Adjudicate a matter or change a Barnard College policy

Note: The Ombuds Office is not an office of notice: what is shared with the Ombuds Office will remain confidential and will not put Barnard College on legal notice.