The Office of the Ombuds is a resource for any member of the College community - including students, faculty, and staff – with a problem or concern. The College Ombuds provides informal conflict resolution, mediation services, and advocacy for fair treatment and fair process. The Office of the Ombuds offers a safe place to discuss any concerns you might have about the College or its policies or procedures.
Chinyere Ukabiala, the College Ombuds, will listen to your concerns, provide information about College policies and procedures, help you to assess your situation, and identify options that may help you to resolve the matter, or refer you to other offices if necessary.
The Office of the Ombuds is located at JRC 311. The office is on the third floor near the Office of Student Affairs (JRC 310). Contact us: e-mail email@example.com, or call 641.269.9399.
Offices hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled outside of regular office hours upon request. Drop-ins are welcome subject to the Ombuds availability.
Principles of Practice
The Grinnell College Ombuds holds all communications in strict confidence, and takes all reasonable steps to safeguard confidentiality. The Ombuds will not answer questions about people with whom she may have spoken, or disclose an individual’s name or specific issue, with anyone outside of the Ombuds Office, unless during the course of her discussions with a visitor, she is given permission to do so for the purpose of informal conflict resolution, and if the Ombuds also agrees to attempt informal resolution. The only exception to this pledge of confidentiality is where the Ombuds determines that there is an imminent risk of serious harm.
The Grinnell Ombuds Office is independent in structure, function, and appearance, and reports to the President for administrative purposes.
The Grinnell Ombuds Office is impartial and does not represent individuals on either side of a conflict, though the office does advocate for fairness throughout the College.
The services of the Grinnell Ombuds Office are informal. The office tries to help visitors resolve conflicts as early as possible and at the lowest possible level. Communication to the Ombuds Office or the Ombuds does not constitute notice to the College of any legal or administrative claim an individual may have, since the purpose of the Ombuds Office is to provide a confidential and informal forum where different options may be considered.
The office does NOT:
- Maintain formal written records.
- Conduct formal investigations.
- Play any role in formal hearing, grievance, complaint, appeal, or legal proceedings.
Because of the confidentiality and informality of the office, the Ombuds office will not provide notes and/or testimony in a formal process even if requested to do so by a visitor.
Standards of Practice