Office of the Ombudsperson


The LSU Ombuds Office is a confidential, impartial, independent and informal process for faculty, staff, administration, and students to seek assistance and guidance to resolve barriers to productivity and to increase the quality of their experience at LSU. The Ombudsperson encourages fairness and equity through issue resolution, communication and outreach, and systemic change and issue prevention identification. Through its mission, the Ombuds Office helps further LSU’s commitment to pursuing educational excellence.


"No one can know where they are going unless they know exactly where they have been and exactly how they arrived at their present place."

-Maya Angelou

The LSU Office of the Ombudsperson is a system-wide office, serving all LSU campuses, including both Health Science Centers and Pennington, and all employees and all students.

The LSU Ombudsperson, Retha Niedecken, is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner® (CO-OP®).

The LSU Office of the Ombudsperson is a LSU designated confidential space, and, as such, the Ombudsperson is NOT a mandatory reporter under LSU policies including, but not limited to PM 73; Titles II, VI, VII, IX; and PM 55.


Retha Niedecken, JD, CO-OP®
Office of the Ombudsperson
University Admin. Bldg.
Rm, 123-E