While an organization may eliminate an ombuds program, an organization should not be allowed to do so retroactively by ignoring or undermining an established charter. Certainly, someone who spoke in confidence with an ombuds (as provided in the charter) may justifiably claim to have relied on that promise of confidentiality.
Similarly, the ombuds, in accordance with the charter, should also expect the organization to honor its promises concerning confidentiality. Once visitors and the ombuds have relied on these provisions, an organization should be precluded from refusing to honor its commitments to those who have already relied on them.
Meanwhile, an anonymous Twitter account is reporting that Interim UM Ombuds is requiring potential visitors to use their university email to contact him. (MFP Voices; Twitter Winston Smith.)
Related posts: FOIA Request Reveals Ombuds Feedback About Ole Miss Confederate Monument; University of Mississippi Ombuds Seeks Injunction Against Internal Investigation; University of Mississippi Appoints Interim Ombuds; IOA and Petitioners Support Sidelined Ombuds; IOA Denounces University of Mississippi's Treatment of Ombuds; 2020 Year in Review: Courage and Crises (Paul Caffera at the University of Mississippi); University of Mississippi Moves to Dismiss Suit by Ombuds.