Contact the Office

Telephone, Zoom, or In-Person meetings are most effective, and the University Ombuds Office offers a confidential place in which to meet. The Ombuds will schedule a meeting with you at a time that works best with your schedule, and extended hours are offered to accommodate different shifts.

No drop-ins, please. To protect your privacy and to avoid waiting, unscheduled or unannounced visits are discouraged.

The Ombuds will travel to Alexandria, Eunice, Shreveport, and New Orleans upon request. 

To arrange a meeting, please contact the University Ombuds Office at, or call or email the Ombuds practitioners directly.

Michael Brochu, PhD

University Ombuds

Serves all campuses


346 Hatcher Hall and Choppin Hall

Baton Rouge, LA

Associate Ombuds

Serves LSU Health New Orleans

And LSU Health Shreveport

Catherine Briley, JD  | 225-578-3429

345 Hatcher Hall

Baton Rouge, LA


*Meetings with Catherine Briley will be by telephone or zoom, with travel to New Orleans and Shreveport upon request.

Ombuds Biographies

The University Ombuds, Michael Brochu, PhD, joined the LSU community in April 2021. Most recently, Michael served as the Associate Ombuds at LSU. He was previously the Associate Ombuds at the University of Cincinnati. His career includes nine and half years working in multiple areas of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates.  Michael holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.

Additionally, Michael is Florida State Supreme Court certified in county, circuit, family, dependency mediation and qualified in arbitration. He has presented at international and national conferences on various topics related to Conflict Resolution and Higher Education. Michael is a member of the International Ombuds Association and the International Association of Facilitators.


The Associate Ombuds, Catherine Briley, JD, joined the University Ombuds Office in January of 2024. Prior to her return to LSU, Catherine worked as an associate attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Dallas, Texas, representing a range of clients in a variety of complex commercial transactions.

Catherine received her bachelor’s degrees in History and Liberal Arts with a concentration in Classical Civilizations from LSU, and is a graduate of the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. She obtained her Juris Doctor from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she served as an editor of the Louisiana Law Review. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

International Ombuds Association Member