Ombuds Office

The University Ombuds Office provides alternative conflict management services to the entire University community. As a designated "neutral", the Ombudsperson is defined as an informal, impartial and independent resource for individuals seeking assistance or information in pursuit of the resolution of a conflict or problem related to their work, studies, or residence at the University. The Ombudsperson will listen to all sides of an issue and may advise, coach, mediate, refer, counsel, or negotiate.

The Ombudsperson does not participate in formal administrative, adjudicative or disciplinary processes.

The services of the University Ombuds Office are available to students, faculty, and staff. All contact with the Ombuds Office is considered confidential in accordance with professional standards of practice. Depending on the nature of the question or problem, the Ombudsperson might offer specific advice or mediation, provide information, or make the appropriate referral. The Ombuds Office is also open to those who simply need someone to listen impartially and privately and suggest a course of action or a range of options.

The University Ombuds Office is located in Room W-0505, Melville Library, on the ground floor, alongside the zebra path. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in visits are possible, but scheduled appointments are recommended. The phone number is (631) 632-9200; visit the Ombuds Office Web site at http://www.stonybrook.edu/ombuds for more information.