The Ombudsperson provides an opportunity for informal discussion of problems outside formal channels. The Ombudsperson listens, discusses, answers questions, provides information, and helps develop opitions for resolving a situation. The office provides a means of conflict resolution that is non-confrontational, impartial, informal, and confidential. The ombudsman cannot impose solutions, but identifies options and strategies for resolution. Contacting the Ombudsperson does not constitute official notice to the university.