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University of Northern Colorado, Ombudsman records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG016

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three boxes. Boxes 1 and 2 contain general files arranged alphabetically by topic while Box 3 contains materials related to the time that Donald Paul Benjamin served as the University's first ombudsman. The collection includes programs, campus publications, reports, notes, and other materials.


  • 1971 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictons may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department for further information.

Historical Note

The Associated Students (now the Student Senate) supported the idea of an ombudsman and funded the position by allocating student fee money for the position during Spring quarter, 1971. An Ombudsman appointment committee consisting of students, administration and faculty chose Donald Paul Benjamin as the first ombudsman.

The Ombudsman position was created by the Ombudsman Advisory Board in 1971. The ombudsman was responsible to serve “as a neutral, impartial, clarifying agent who will field complaints and attempt to rectify them on a personal and informal level. He is to be a protector of individual rights – be they the rights of students, faculty, staff, or administrators – and he is to be champion of due process.” Source: “Who is the Ombudsman?,” Don-Paul Benjamin Records, RG16 S2, Box 3, Folder Personal File; Janrz, Michael. “Ombudsman Begins Academic Year,” the Mirror, Sept. 29, 1971, p. 19.

Dona Paul Benjamin served as the first Campus Ombudsman: Summer Quarter 1971-February 28, 1974.

William Mitchell served as the second Campus Ombudsman: Internship, January-February 1974; Campus Ombudsman, March 1, 1974- June 1984.


1.68 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of three boxes containing general files arranged alphabetically by topic , programs, campus publications, reports, notes, and other materials.


This collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: General Files, 1971-1983

Series 2: Don-Paul Benjamin Records, 1971-1974

Acquisition Information

Boxes 1 and 2 received from William Mitchenll] on August 6, 1987. Box 3 (Accession #14.22) received from Donald Paul (Don-Paul) Benjamin on July 23, 2014.

Related Materials

Ombusdmam Proposal Committee report found in the last section in the bound volume of Associated Student Minutes 1969-1970 (Box RG10.S5.F6-6.006). The Ombusdmam Proposal Committee report was passed by the Faculty Sentate on October 14, 1968 and the Associated Students on October 15, 1968.

University of Northern Colorado, Ombudsman records
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Shirley Soenksen
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Inventory prepared by Shirley Soenksen on 2015 July 13 (includes information taken from Archon and the Archives website); revised on 2018 February 1.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639