Principles of Practice

The LSU Ombuds Office adheres to ethical standards established by the International Ombudsman Association and provides services based upon the following principles: 

Informal

No records, No investigations, No mandates. Visiting with the Ombudsperson is voluntary and “off the record”; you are not giving LSU “notice.” The Ombudsperson is not HR. HR is a formal process, with documented records and employee accountability. The Ombudsperson does not testify or participate in formal proceedings.

Confidential

You will not be identified or named without your consent. LSU has designated the Ombudsperson as a confidential party and the Ombudsperson is not required to report matters to Title IX, HR, or Legal.

Exceptions:  When disclosure is required by law or under a reasonable belief of imminent harm to person or property. The decision to make such disclosures rests solely with the Ombudsperson.

Neutral and Independent

The Ombuds Office is a neutral and impartial resource for resolving issues and voicing concerns. The Ombudsperson represents the side of fairness and equity. The Ombuds Office is not aligned with any person or department and is not an advocate for any person, group, or organization. The Ombudsperson does not offer legal advice or mental health counseling. The Ombuds Office is independent and reports to the General Counsel for administrative and budget purposes.