Ethics, Standards, & Terms of Use

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a fundamental element of the Ombuds Program. As such, the Ombuds Program is not authorized to accept notice of allegations of violations of law or other formal complaints, and it treats all communications, and the identities of all visitors, as strictly confidential to the maximum extent permitted by law unless, in the discretion of the Ombuds, failure to disclose information would create an imminent risk of serious harm. No employee or other University constituent may compel the Ombuds Program to disclose information.

Impartiality

As the designated neutral of the organization, the Ombuds Program works with all visitors and situations in an impartial manner. Ombuds do not take sides or advocate for any individual or group.

Informality

The Ombuds Program is an informal and off-the-record resource and as such does not engage in formal processes and is not authorized to make or change policy.

Independence

The Ombuds Program functions independently of other organizational entities.

Terms of Use

By electing to utilize the voluntary services offered by the UA Ombuds Program, visitors agree to never seek to compel the Ombuds to disclose any information received as part of providing Ombuds services in any other forum, including a formal grievance or lawsuit. In adition, if the Ombuds Program utilizes mediation, facilitation, or another group process the visitors agree (to the extent permitted by law) to: (i) keep any and all communications that take place in the process confidential unless all parties agree otherwise, (ii) waive any right they may have to use communications that take place in the process in any formal grievance or lawsuit, and (iii) participate in good faith towards a mutually satisfactory outcome.

 

By using the Ombuds Office, you agree to abide by these principles and terms of use. 

We adhere to the International Ombudsman Association's  Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.