Student Ombudsperson Information

During your time at the UT Health Science Center, you may have issues or concerns that you want to discuss in a confidential and informal manner. Our Student Ombudspersons are here to provide support and confidential, informal, independent, and impartial assistance to students through dispute resolution and problem-solving methods.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the role of a Student Ombudsperson.

What Does a Student Ombudsperson Do?

The Student Ombudsperson provides a safe space where you can share your issues or concerns confidentially and discuss potential solutions. The Student Ombudsperson does not advocate for individuals, groups or entities, but rather for the principles of fairness and equity.

During a session, the Student Ombudsperson will:
• Listen to your concerns.
• Clarify information.
• Identify and evaluate options.
• Provide referrals to other departments (if needed).

What Types of Issues May I Discuss With a Student Ombudsperson?

You may discuss any issue (academic, faculty/student issues, student/student issues, etc.) with a Student Ombudsperson.

Who is the Student Ombudsperson at the UT Health Science Center?

The word “Ombudsman” is Scandinavian and means “representative” or “proxy.” Variations of the term exist (i.e. ombuds, ombudsperson) and are common among those practicing in the ombudsperson field.

The UT Health Science Center has 2 Student Ombudspersons: Dr. Bonnie Blankmeyer and Mrs. Le’Keisha Johnson.

Dr. Blankmeyer
serves as the Executive Director of the Academic, Faculty and  Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance Office.

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Mrs. Johnson serves as the Director of the Office of Student Life.

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How Do I Set Up An Appointment With a Student Ombudsperson?

Both Dr. Blankmeyer and Mrs. Johnson are here to assist you.

You may set up an appointment with Dr. Blankmeyer by e-mailing blankmeyer@uthscsa.edu OR calling 210-567-2691.

You may set up an appointment with Mrs. Johnson by e-mailing johnsonld@uthscsa.edu OR calling 210-567-2651.