While the NIU ombudsperson is a lawyer, she does not provide legal advice. The ombudsperson cannot impose solutions, but identifies options and strategies for resolution. Contacting the ombudsperson does not constitute official notice to the university.
The ombudsperson DOES NOT do the following:
Conduct formal investigations
Change rules, policies or procedures
Participate in any formal hearing or grievance process
Supersede the authority of other university officials
Disclose and may not be required to disclose information provided in confidence, except to address an imminent risk of serious harm where there is no other responsible option
Engage in any activity that might be perceived by others as advocacy for any individual