The Office of the Ombuds is a place where students' questions, complaints and concerns about the functioning of the University can be discussed confidentially in a safe environment. They offer informal dispute resolution services, provide resources and referrals, and help students consider options available to them. The Office operates independently as a supplement to existing administrative and formal dispute resolution processes and has no formal decision–making authority. The Office is not an advocate for either side in a dispute. Instead, the Ombuds Office is an impartial advocate for fair and consistent treatment. The Office reports administratively to the Vice President for Student Life.