The Ombuds Office works to:
  · Ensure that undergraduate students receive fair and equitable treatment in matters of concern or complaints involving the university
  · Assist students with resolving issues with the university – issues include those in which students are unsure where to go for assistance or those that may not be easily addressed through established policies or procedure
  · Provide information on university policies and procedures
  · Make referrals to appropriate campus colleagues who may be helpful with resolving issues, and sometimes facilitates the resolution of problems

What We Will and Will Not Do

The ombudsperson will:

  • Listen to concerns and complaints
  • Answer questions or help find others who can
  • Help identify and explore options
  • Explain university policies and procedures
  • Make referrals to appropriate university offices
  • Be an advocate for fairness

The ombudsperson will not:

  • Replace or circumvent existing channels
  • Direct a University office to change a decision
  • Offer legal advice
  • Make decisions for you
  • Serve as a witness or advocate for an individual or area within the university
  • Set aside campus rules

Staff and Location

Ann Smith, Undergraduate Students Ombudsperson
The Office of Undergraduate Studies
2110 Marie Mount Hall, College Park, MD 20742

Map showing location of Ombuds Office