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Mission statement

The Ombuds serves the institution by offering a space for discussion around student-related matters, opening avenues of communication, assisting those in pursuit of resolution and promoting fair and equitable treatment across the university community.

Ethical Principles

  1. The Ombuds works independently of any other office at CMU and exercises sole discretion over whether or how to act in a situation.
  1. Working with the Ombuds is informal, voluntary and “off the record.” The Ombuds has no formal authority to change any decision or policy at CMU or conduct formal investigations. The Ombuds will explain and clarify formal processes that may exist but does not play a role in them.
  2. Talking with the Ombuds does not put the university “on notice” of any potential legal claim or policy violation. If you wish to notify the university of a potential ethical, policy or legal violation, the Ombuds will work with you to find the proper channel for making that complaint.
  1. Confidentiality is an important aspect of working with the Ombuds. The Ombuds will not identify you or discuss your concerns with anyone without your permission. The only exception to confidentiality is if the disclosure of information is necessary in order to prevent an imminent harm, or if there is a possible violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  1. The Ombuds is a neutral party and an advocate for fairness and equitable treatment. The Ombuds considers the interests and concerns of all parties involved in a dispute and seeks ways to create mutual understanding in pursuit of resolution.