Graduate School Ombudsperson

John Lubker 51k jpgJohn Lubker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and designated Graduate School ombudsperson

My name is John Lubker and I serve as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. I am also the Graduate School's designated ombudsperson, a role that I have held since 2011.

The Graduate School’s Ombudsperson assists graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to resolve a wide range of concerns, problems, and conflicts. The Ombudsperson provides a confidential place for individuals to express concerns, identify steps towards resolution to problems, and makes referrals to appropriate campus resources.

The Ombudsperson Can:

  • Listen to you, discuss your concerns, and help you obtain information

  • Identify options in resolving them

  • Answer your questions or refer you to someone who can

  • Explain how university policies and procedures work

  • Help you advocate for the mentoring you desire

  • Coach you on how to handle a problem situation

  • Refer you to the appropriate office should you wish to file a formal complaint

  • Provide guidance to resolve a problem informally

The Ombudsperson Does Not:

  • Provide legal advice

  • Determine guilt of any party in dispute

  • Testify in or participate in formal grievance or legal proceedings with respect to confidential communication

  • Conduct formal investigations

  • Keep records of conversations

Examples of Services Provided:

  • Discuss how to approach a peer who has made an offensive or insensitive comment

  • Help resolve a dispute with an individual or group

  • Assist in deciding how to approach a person who you believe is causing a problem

  • Help if you feel that you have been treated unfairly by anyone on campus

  • Assist when you are uncertain about how university policies and procedures apply to your situation

  • Help you determine which university department or office is appropriate to assist you in handling your problem

  • Mediates among parties to resolve a concern


If you need to get in touch with me, please contact me at or call 574-631-5778.

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