Dr. Matthew North, Ombudsperson
Washington & Jefferson College
Dr. North is a member of the faculty in the Computing & Information Studies department.
Location: Technology Center, Room 223
Phone: 724-503-1001 x3063
om·buds·man/ˈämbədzmən/ (noun): From old Swedish, an official appointed to provide safe, confidential conversation and advice in order to help resolve conflict.
The Office of the Ombudsperson at Washington & Jefferson College exists as a resource for students who need assistance as they work to address alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the Academic Honesty Policy, or other related community standards. The Ombudsperson is not an advocate, but is an advisor and ally in helping students understand the adjudication process and their rights and options as they navigate that process.
Students may seek counsel from the Ombudsperson by scheduling an appointment via email, phone or in person. Please note that because email is not a secure medium for communication, when using this option you should simply request an appointment without disclosing private or confidential information. Except in cases where the Ombudsperson has a reasonable concern regarding imminent harm to others, all conversations with students are kept in the strictest confidence. The Office of the Ombudsperson will keep no formal records nor conduct formal investigations, but will attempt to provide a safe environment for conversations about alleged violations of College policies. The Office does not advocate for one side or another in a conflict, seeking only to provide students with advice and support in an effort to bring about understanding and fairness. See some ways that the Ombudsperson might be able to help you.
The Ombudsperson at Washington & Jefferson College pledges to abide by the Code of Ethics of the International Ombudsman Association.