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OSU Ombuds Office

The OSU Ombuds Office was established by the Office of the President to promote a supportive learning and working environment at OSU. The office serves as a resource for all members of the OSU community on the Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa and OSU-IT in Okmulgee campuses. Services are provided for faculty, students, and staff, and offer a safe, CONFIDENTIAL, place to talk about campus-related problems and concerns, between or among individuals and/or with organizations.

The Ombudsperson will listen carefully to any “visitor” to review issues; explore options to solve problems; make inquiries and referrals as appropriate; and/or facilitate a process that attempts to bring a mutually agreeable resolution to a dispute, conflict, or problem, in an impartial and informal manner.

Meet the Ombuds Officer

Kenneth Bartels

Kenneth Bartels, professor emeritus in the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, is the university’s ombuds officer. He is available to listen to concerns about a dispute or conflict involving students, faculty and staff, and assist parties in mediating a mutually agreeable resolution, if reasonably possible. 

A native of Iowa, Bartels came to OSU in 1982 and served as professor of veterinary clinical sciences, McCasland Professor of Laser Surgery and Kerr Foundation Chair for Biomedical Laser and Biophotonics Research. He retired in June of 2015.


Kenneth Bartels may be reached by email,, or by phone, (405) 744-6627 (4-ombs). His office is located at 224 Student Union.

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