What the Ombuds Does Not Do

The Ombuds will not:

  • Provide legal advice
  • Offer psychological counseling or therapy
  • Make decisions or render judgments on issues
  • Conduct formal investigations
  • Participate or testify in formal processes, including lawsuits or grievances
  • "Take sides" or advocate for individuals or for the university in a dispute
  • Accept notice on behalf of the university
  • Keep formal records documenting an individual's visit
  • Advocate for any individual, group or organization, including UC Merced
  • Share information with others without an individual's knowledge or permission
  • Make or change policy or administrative decisions