Welcome to the Iowa State University Ombuds Office

Free, confidential ombuds services are offered to help faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate and professional students resolve university-related matters.

As a reminder, ombuds services are independent, neutral, and confidential. They are an informal resource for employees, but are not meant to replace an employee’s ability and responsibility to speak with their manager to informally resolve issues.

The University Ombuds Office reports to Associate Provost for Faculty Dawn Bratsch-Prince in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.




    • ombuds@iastate.edu
    • Call: 515-450-7186
    • To contact the Ombuds office via a secure contact form, please use the link below: 


    March 3, 2022

    Ombuds service for employees returns in-house

    Laura Smythe ("Sm'eye'th") has been named Iowa State's next university ombuds and will start in the post April 18.