Student Ombudsperson

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The primary goal of the Student Ombudsperson is to provide students impartial and informal consultation in assisting with the possible resolution of University related concerns and issues. The Student Ombudsperson is a resource for students in navigating the University while seeking resolution to individual student concerns. The Student Ombudsperson is a designated administrator who is trained and skilled in interpersonal communication, problem solving, and conflict management.

The Student Ombudsperson can:

  • Listen to your complaint
  • Clarify and explain University policy
  • Assist with unresolved problems
  • Informally look into your complaint
  • Assist with referrals to professionals who can address your concern
  • Help define resources and options available to you
  • Facilitate conversations
  • Offer a SAFE place to discuss your concerns

The Student Ombudsperson can help you define your goals as it relates to your concern, explore options for resolving your concern, discuss and provide resources and listen and recommend next steps. The Student Ombudsperson strives for impartiality and objectivity in working with students and the consideration of issues. The Student Ombudsperson serves as a listening post for concerns and brings them to the attention of the Dean of Students. 

What the Ombudsperson does not do: 

  • Conduct formal investigations 
  • Advocate for a particular outcome 
  • Advocate for individuals or take sides 
  • Give legal advice 
  • Make or overturn academic/administrative decisions  
  • Establish, change, or eliminate policies and procedures   
  • Participate or testify in formal procedures including legal proceedings 
  • Offer psychological counseling
  • Disclose confidential information, except for an imminent risk of harm to the University Community or as required by laws of Title IX and gender-based violence situations

For more information you can email Lanel Love, the Student Ombudsperson, at llove2@siu.edu or by telephone, 618-453-6882. To schedule a meeting, please complete the intake form