Ombuds

About Us

The Ombuds Office provides neutral, informal, and confidential (except in cases of Title IX) conflict resolution for the UC community, and a space to talk about campus concerns, disputes, or problems to generate realistic options.

Principles

As an organizational Ombuds office we maintain membership in the International Ombudsman Association and adhere to the following Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to the extent permitted by law.

The principles of the Ombuds Code of Ethics and those of the Office of the University Ombuds at UC are:

Confidentiality

The Office of the University Ombuds is not a confidential resource for matters mandated by federal or state law to be reported, such as sexual assault or harassment. Any disclosures made to Ombuds personnel with regard to these matters must be reported to the appropriate University personnel. The Office of the University Ombuds may still maintain confidentiality with regard to other university related concerns.

Informality

The ombudsman, as an informal resource, does not participate in any formal adjudicative or administrative procedure related to concerns brought to his/her attention.

Impartiality

The ombudsman, as a designated neutral, remains unaligned and impartial. The ombudsman does not engage in any situation which could create a conflict of interest.

Independent

The ombudsman is independent in structure, function and appearance to the highest degree possible within the organization.

About Us - Staff Bio's

Kim Fulbright
University Ombuds

Kim Fulbright (she/her) has served as the University Ombuds since December, 2017. She began her career in the Ombuds field when she joined the Ombuds Office as the Associate Ombuds in January 2013. Prior to joining the Ombuds Office, Kim was the Program Coordinator of Activism and Education in the Women's Center at the University of Cincinnati.

Kim holds a Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University.

Kim has presented at conferences on a variety of topics related to the field of Conflict Resolution. She is trained in mediation processes, restorative justice through the Gerhring Academy and has been trained in the foundations of organizational Ombuds practice from the International Ombuds Association. Kim is a member of the International Ombuds Association.

Vacant-
Associate Ombuds

Brianne Ihasz
Graduate Assistant

Brianne Ihasz (she/her) is a Graduate Assistant at the University of Cincinnati’s Ombuds Office. Within her role at the Ombuds Office, Ihasz is committed to advocating for fair process and access to information for all members of the UC community. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be involved in the UC community in this capacity.

Ihasz is currently obtaining her Masters of Music in French Horn Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance from the University of Michigan in 2019. Ihasz is also a certified yoga instructor, and teaches yoga at Sage Yoga Hot in OTR and Sage Yoga Hot + Pilates in Newport, KY.