Barnard College Ombuds Office

The Barnard College Ombuds Office is available as a campus-wide resource to assist students, faculty and staff.

The Ombuds Office provides a confidential and informal environment in which possible options for dealing with variety of Barnard-related issues and concerns can be explored. As a confidential and impartial third party, the Ombuds Office is a uniquely positioned, independent resource within the College.

The ombuds apprise Barnard’s leadership of general issues and trends that members of the community may be experiencing. All data maintained by the Ombuds Office are non-identifiable and anonymous, following the office’s standards of confidentiality.


Below please find an update from the Ombuds Office from the end of Spring 2019:

Dear Barnard Community,

We recently became aware that emails sent to the Barnard Ombuds Office email address,, were not forwarded to us and therefore went unanswered for three months. Due to complications in the routing of these emails, we were unaware of their presence and were unable to view them. We sincerely apologize to all members of the community who contacted us during that time and whose emails were not seen and therefore not responded to in a timely manner. It is an ombuds standard of practice to acknowledge the receipt of emails and phone messages within 48 hours, and we are sorry we could not meet that need for some of you.

You may continue contacting us at the Barnard Ombuds Office by emailing and you will hear back from DeShaunta Johnson.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to working with you.

Kind regards,
DeShaunta Johnson, PhD