Office of the Ombuds

Welcome to the University of Arizona Office of the Ombuds. We are here to support confidential, independent, informal, and impartial conflict resolution. The Ombuds structure consists of an Ombuds Advisory Council which supports the presidential-appointed Ombudsperson/Ombuds Committee Chair and the Ombuds Committee. The Ombuds Committee consists of a diverse array of campus professionals such as faculty and staff that provide resources and informal problem-solving solutions.

The following issues are ineligible for Ombuds conflict resolution and should follow the established grievance policies established by the institution: 1) allegations of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information; 2) denial of faculty tenure and/or promotion; 3) termination of a Regular Classified Employee during the probationary period; 4) denial of promotion for Continuing Status/Continuing Eligible Professionals; 5) student conduct and academic integrity matters; and 6) issues that have been formally noticed for compliance investigations or audit by University offices (such as OIE, HR, Financial Services). The Ombuds Chair, and particularly the Ombuds Committee members, often hold other important roles and responsibilities on campus that may require them to refer concerns regarding student, employee, or constituent safety to University offices for follow-up.  Therefore, the Ombuds Chair and the Ombuds Committee members are treated as required reporters in accordance with the University's Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy for purposes of Title IX and will report any concern of sex discrimination related to a student or employee to the Title IX Coordinator when required by policy.

Contact Ombuds: ombuds@arizona.edu