Why Graduate Students Meet With the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds offers a safe setting for graduate students to discuss academic and/or other university-related concerns.

Reasons graduate students visit the ombuds include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpersonal disputes
  • Administrative roadblocks or bureaucratic runarounds
  • Washington University policies and procedures
  • Advising relationships
  • Academic progress
  • Grade disputes
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Research-related matters including authorship, proprietorship, conflict of interest or scientific misconduct
  • Abrasive conduct, incivility or problematic behavior
  • Unfair treatment
  • Harassment or discrimination
  • Health and safety
  • Threats or retaliation
  • Billing disputes or tuition concerns

The ombuds will listen to your concerns, help you think through your situation, and, together with you, identify and evaluate possible options for moving forward. At all times, you retain control over how your concern will be addressed.

Jessica-Kuchta-Miller

Staff, Postdocs, and Graduate Student Ombuds
(All campus locations)