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Oregon State president could face discipline over sexual misconduct failures at LSU


The fallout from Louisiana State University’s mishandling of sexual misconduct complaints has extended to Oregon State, where the board of trustees will meet Wednesday to discuss president F. King Alexander’s role in the failings, and decide whether he should be disciplined or even fired.

Alexander was president at LSU until last July.

“We also understand the profound impact this is having on all members of the university community, and on Oregon State University as an institution,” board chair Rani Borkar wrote in a Monday letter to the Oregon State community.

“I assure you that trustees read each message, and we hear your concerns.”

Alexander has come under increasingly heavy criticism since the March 5 release of the Husch Blackwell report, which detailed LSU’s “serious institutional failure” when it came to handling cases of physical and gender violence. Husch Blackwell is the outside law firm LSU hired in November to review its handling of Title IX cases after USA TODAY chronicled systemic failures.

LSU president F. King Alexander, right, and Scott Woodward hoist the 'WIN!' bar after Woodward was introduced as athletics director in 2019.

Among Husch Blackwell’s revelations was that then-athletic director Joe Alleva urged Alexander to fire head football coach Les Miles in 2013 after another internal investigation found Miles had behaved inappropriately with female student workers, and that LSU had intentionally hired an outside law firm to do the investigation so the report wouldn’t be made public.

Miles was not fired until 2016, after LSU started the season 2-2. The 2013 investigation did not come to light until last month, after USA TODAY sued for a copy of the report.


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