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Independent investigation finds that LSU routinely mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct

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LSU Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge Louisiana LA.

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[12:01 PM] Armour, Nancy 

Louisiana State University did not handle sexual misconduct complaints, “in a manner consistent with obligations under Title IX, widely recognized best practices and/or university policy,” an investigation by an outside law firm found.

The 148-page report by Husch Blackwell, released Friday to campus officials, found complaints involving both athletes and the general student population were handled inappropriately, in part because reporting policy and training were unclear. The Title IX office, in particular, was not adequately staffed nor given the necessary independence, Husch Blackwell found. 

The disciplinary process, when cases got that far, was also “enormously complicated,” Husch Blackwell found. 

LSU interim president Thomas Galligan called the report “a brutally honest and objective evaluation of our culture,” and promised the findings would be taken to heart. In a sign of his commitment to that, Galligan announced lengthy unpaid suspensions for both executive deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry and Miriam Segar, a senior associate athletic director. USA TODAY’s reporting has found both were told of sexual misconduct complaints and, at a minimum, failed to follow proper procedures and, at worse, tried to bury them. 

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