The Office of the University Ombudsman was established in 1967 with the passage of Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University. The Academic Freedom Report, now called "Student Rights and Responsibilities" (SRR), spells out student rights and responsibilities, which the Ombudsman was charged with protecting. The office was the first office of its kind at any large university in the country and today remains the longest continuously operating college or university Ombudsman office in the country. In January, 2012, the title and office went from University Ombudsman to University Ombudsperson. The Office is currently comprised of a full-time University Ombudsperson, a full-time Assistant University Ombudsperson, and an Office Manager.
In 2017, the Office of the University Ombudsperson celebrated fifty years in existence. As part of that initiative, the office partnered to create an historical archive which can be linked to here. Additionally, one may find information on the Ombuds Emeriti on this page.