Who Are Ombuds?

What is an Ombuds Office?

The Office provides an independent, confidential environment for faculty and staff of the Winthrop University community to discuss campus related concerns or problems. The Ombuds Office holds the identity and all communications with those seeking assistance in strict confidence, and does not disclose confidential communications unless given permission to do so, except as required by law or where, in the judgment of the Ombuds, there appears to be imminent risk of serious harm. The Ombuds Office reports, nominally, to the President of Winthrop University. Reporting is, however, is limited to summary reports or recommendations that do not include or involve any specific visitor information. This permits the office to work independently, free of directives, pressure, or influence that could compromise the impartiality, confidentiality, and objectivity that are the hallmarks of the Ombuds office. The Faculty & Staff Ombuds follows the ethical standards (pdf - 302 KB) of the International Ombuds Association.