Staff Ombuds Office

Roy Baroff, the initial NC State Faculty & Staff ombuds, is retiring from the ombuds services on June 30, 2022. After 40 years in the conflict resolution field as a mediator, attorney, educator and, the last 7+ years as NC State faculty and staff ombuds, he is going to take a well deserved break! As a result, ombuds services are now temporarily unavailable. NC State supports continued faculty and staff ombuds services and will provide updates as plans are developed.

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

Learn more about the ombuds office Principles & Practices or seek answers to common questions – FAQ.

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

Here’s a link if you are a student or want to contact Student Ombuds Services.

Provide feedback to the Staff Ombuds Office.

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