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Office of the Ombuds

Office of the Ombuds is a resource for conflict management that serves all members of the UC Santa Barbara community, including faculty, staff, students, and anyone with a campus-related concern. We assist the campus community with the informal resolution of any University-related complaint or conflict by offering a safe and confidential place to discuss interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, bureaucratic runarounds, and many other problems. You can speak freely to us because we keep our discussions confidential, and we are not part of any formal University process.

We will listen to your concerns, help you identify issues, give you information about the University's policies, and assist you in considering your options. This is done on an informal basis, as the Office does not participate in formal processes such as grievances or lawsuits. Anyone who wants to brainstorm or think out loud about problems or upcoming decisions can use our services to receive impartial feedback. Discussing an issue with the Office is not notice to the University about the existence of a problem as all conversations are “off-the-record” and are not a step in any formal grievance process.

The Office is located in 1205-K Girvetz Hall and can be reached at (805) 893-3285. Visit the website at : www.ombuds.ucsb.edu.