Ombuds Benchmarking & Research Resources

The following resources have been compiled by IOA's Title IX Committee for your reference. Some of these document have been produced, written or initiated by IOA. Other documents were obtained from media reports or other sources, but permission has been granted to share them on our organization's website. All files are PDF files unless otherwise indicated.

Posted April 2017
Survey of Higher Education Ombuds Reporting Under the Clery Act and Title IX

A survey of the Clery and Title IX reporting landscape across campuses in the United States. This document is an attempt to help ombuds facilitate conversations with their institutions about the ombuds confidentiality and reporting status.

Response to the ED

In July 2016, IOA responded to the Department of Education’s “Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting 2016 Edition” published in June. IOA's response to the ED can be read here.

In August 2016, the
 DOE responded to IOA rejecting the clery act arguments. IOA President, Reese Ramos, reached out to the membership summarizing the news. You can re-read Reese's email here

Wilmer Hale Memo & Background:
Campus Ombuds as Confidential Resource for Purposes of Title IX and Clery Act Reporting

In 2014, IOA's Ad Hoc Title IX Task Force determined that a legal memorandum from a highly respected law firm, making the case for the ombuds confidentiality in the contexts of both Title IX and Clery, could be extremely valuable to the advancement of understanding and acceptance the ombuds as a non-reporting, confidential resource. In March 2016, the law firm of WilmerHale produced this memo to address whether higher education institutions that have an academic organizational ombudsman (“ombuds”) may treat the ombuds as a confidential resource in light of federal laws that require certain campus personnel to report information about sexual violence incidents to institution officials. 

Clery Act

Government Guidance Documents

IOA Resources


News Articles

Ombuds' Roles
What ombuds do:

Other charters:

Ombuds Confidentiality

Reports on Sexual Assault

Title IX