The Office of the Ombudsperson is a resource for any member of the university community - including students, faculty, and staff – with a problem or concern. We provide informal conflict resolution, mediation services and advocacy for fair treatment and fair process.  Services are:

We offer a safe place to discuss conflicts or any concerns you might have about the university or its policies or procedures, and we will answer your questions, help you figure out your options, refer you to other offices if necessary, and help you resolve your concerns (see How We Can Help).  The University of Iowa Operations Manual prohibits retaliation against staff, faculty and students for contacting the Ombuds office  (see Job Security and Protection of Students).

We look forward to working with you.  Our contact information is located in the About Us section of our website.

PLEASE NOTE:  The accessible entrance to Seashore Hall has changed temporarily.   From Jefferson Street, take the sidewalk between Seashore and Stuit Halls and use the temporary ramp to enter the basement door next to the former Lot 2 parking area.  When you enter the building, the elevator is on the right.  Take the elevator to the first floor, turn right off the elevator, and then turn right again into the C corridor.  Our office is halfway down the hall on the right.


A search is underway for a new faculty University Ombudsperson.

Individuals wishing to submit a nomination for this position should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, present position and title, and contact information of the nominee. Nomination materials should be sent to ombudsperson-search@uiowa.edu. Questions should be directed to Nancy Hauserman or Ed Dove, co-chairs of the search committee, at the email above.


Individuals wishing to apply for this position should complete the application process here or by visiting http://jobs.uiowa.edu and entering requisition number 72007. NOTE:  All applications must be accomplished by using the website.


Applicable background and credential checks will be conducted. To be assured of full consideration application materials must be received through jobs@uiowa by January 31, 2018. If you need an accommodation in order to apply for this position, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705 or send an email to diversity@uiowa.edu.



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Note to Our Visitors:

The Office of the Ombudsperson is based on the principles of confidentiality, neutrality, informality and independence.  By deciding to speak with an ombudsperson, you understand that we will abide by these principles.  This means that you understand that the Ombuds Office does not keep records of or disclose confidential information; the Ombuds will not participate in or testify in any formal proceeding, even if asked; and talking with an ombudsperson does not mean that you are notifying The University of Iowa about your concerns.



The Office of the Ombudsperson maintains strict confidentiality. The only exceptions to this are:

  • If we learn that there is a risk of physical harm to anyone.
  • If we are ordered by a court or required by law to disclose information.

This makes the Office of the Ombudsperson a safe place to talk about any concerns, including but not limited to sexual harassment or misconduct, discrimination, violation of policies, and unethical behavior.


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C108 Seashore Hall