Ombuds Office

Opened in spring 2019, the Ombuds Office of Gettysburg College provides support for all categories of employees and faculty to resolve workplace issues.

The Ombuds Office supports an ethical and civil culture, encouraging mutual understanding and resolution through respectful dialogue and fair processes.

Who visits the Ombuds Office?

The office is open to all Gettysburg College employees, including faculty, staff, administrators, full-time, part-time, and casual.

Why visit the Ombuds Office?

Visitors to the Ombuds Office come to informally discuss any issues affecting their work. Options can range from just talking to exploring formal grievance procedures and lots in between.

What is the Ombudsperson’s role?

The Ombudsperson’s role is to listen and help you identify issues, goals and options; you’ll make your own decisions regarding next steps.

What makes the Ombuds Office unique?

  • Confidentiality: Information shared by any visitor will not be disclosed without the visitor’s permission except as required by law or when the Ombuds determines there may be an immediate risk of serious harm. The Ombuds Office does not maintain records that identify visitors to the office.
  • Neutrality: The Ombudsperson does not serve as an advocate for any party to a dispute. The Ombudsperson does advocate for productive communication and fair processes.
  • Independence: The Ombuds Office is independent in structure, function and appearance.
  • Informality: The Ombuds Office does not participate in any formal adjudicative or administrative procedures.

What are some typical concerns brought to the Ombuds Office?

  • Career Management
  • Discrimination
  • Work/Academic Environment
  • Illness and Disability
  • Communication with Colleagues
  • Policies and Requirements
  • Harassment

Any issue may be brought to the Ombudsperson.

Options include:

  • Coaching about verbal and written communications
  • Facilitation of one-on-one or group meetings to raise and address issues or concerns
  • Shuttle diplomacy to deliver information between people
  • Information about policies, procedures and resources

The Ombuds Office is happy to visit any department, group, or office to discuss the services provided.

Schedule a Visit

There are a number of ways to set up a meeting. Right now, all visits are virtual, on the phone, with Facetime, or with Zoom.

Schedule a visit

You can also email ombuds@gettysburg.edu or call (717)337-7099.

Learn about what happens during a visit.