Faculty Ombuds Office

COVID-19 Impact: The Faculty & Staff Ombuds Office is open to help employees navigate workplace issues. Meetings by phone and by virtual format are available.

Call the ombuds for more information. 919-935-0922

Ombuds-20 : Starting on Wednesday, March 18, from noon to 12:20 (weekly on Wednesdays for the next 10 weeks), the ombuds will host a virtual open house to talk about navigating conflict in this covid-19 environment. No registration required. Just stop by (virtually) to meet the ombuds and discuss conflict engagement strategies. Here’s the zoom link – Ombuds-20 https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/697951587 / by phone 929 205 6099 US / Meeting ID 697 951 587

A picture of Roy Baroff outdoors, smiling at the camera.

Greetings NC State Faculty!

I’m Roy Baroff your NC State Faculty Ombuds (Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner®)(he/him). I have 30 years experience in the conflict resolution field as a mediator and attorney and 5 years serving as the faculty ombuds. I’ve now met and talked with faculty members from across the university and I’m delighted to bring this experience to the  Faculty Ombuds Office.  For detailed information – Meet the Ombuds.

Want to meet the ombuds in person? Roy will come to you whether its a 10 minute hello or a more in-depth presentation. He’ll come to your department, program, unit, division (you name it!) to provide information about ombuds services. Give Roy a call – 919-935-0922 or send an email – rjbaroff@ncsu.edu – to set this up.

According to the International Ombuds Association, in today’s workplace of
accelerated change, the organizational ombuds is your trusted navigator.


  • The ombuds empowers people and the university to reach their full potential. 
  • The ombuds engages with people and the university to help inform critical decisions.
  • The ombuds helps people build and strengthen relationships across the university.
  • The ombuds surveys the university terrain, monitors trends and promotes fair process.

The  faculty ombuds office is independent, impartial, informal and confidential and here’s a description of the ombuds role that is provided to every visitor to the office. The office operates pursuant to Standards and Ethics from the International Ombuds Association – the IOA Code of Ethics and IOA Standards of Practice.

Learn more about our Principles & Practices or seek answers to common questions. – FAQ
Contact the NC State Faculty Ombuds for more information, to discuss an issue or situation confidentially, or to set up an appointment. Here’s a link if you are a student or want to contact Student Ombuds Services.

Provide Feedback to the Faculty Ombuds Office.

If you are not sure where to go for help – GO OMBUDS !

Check out this short video from the International Ombudsman Association (2 minutes) explaining the role of today’s ombuds:

Contacting the NC State Faculty & Staff Ombuds Office or the Faculty & Staff Ombuds is not notice to NC State of any issue, complaint, grievance or claim.