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LSU investigates administrator who gave Title IX offenders the lightest possible sanctions

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General view of the Memorial Tower on the campus of the Louisiana State University Tigers circa 2011 in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.

The Louisiana State University administrator who gave rapists, stalkers and abusers the lightest possible sanctions has been temporarily barred from being involved in student disciplinary cases pending an investigation by the school’s human resources department.

The investigation into Jonathan Sanders, LSU’s associate dean and director of student accountability, will examine his lenient punishments and mishandling of Title IX cases, which were outlined in a recent USA TODAY investigation, LSU spokesman Jim Sabourin confirmed.

The investigation will also cover allegations against Sanders in the report by Husch Blackwell, the law firm that LSU hired in November to review its handling of sexual misconduct and dating violence cases in response to reporting by USA TODAY.

Sanders, who before his current role served as LSU’s Greek life director, is tasked with deciding punishments for LSU students disciplined for conduct code offenses. From fall 2016 through fall 2020, that included students who’d been found responsible in Title IX investigations for sexual misconduct, stalking and dating violence.

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