By talking with the ombuds, you and the ombuds agree that the Ombuds Office will not disclose or keep records of individually identifiable information; the ombuds will not testify or participate in any formal proceeding; communications with the ombuds are privileged, and this privilege is held by the Ombuds Office and cannot be waived by others. This agreement fosters confidentiality and helps provide a safe and neutral place for discussing any concern.
Moreover, speaking to the Ombuds Office about a concern does not constitute legal “notice” to Ramapo College. Anyone wishing to place the institution on notice may contact a supervisor or administrator, or invoke formal grievance procedures. Meeting with the Ombuds Office and/or the ombuds does not affect your ability to pursue formal complaints. The ombuds can help you find the appropriate person to speak to in order to request that Ramapo College take formal action, if that is the course of action that you choose to pursue. Important rights may be affected by the actual date when formal action is initiated and/or when Ramapo College is informed of alleged misconduct. The Ombuds Office can provide referral information about who to contact for anyone seeking to use administrative or formal grievance options.