LSU Facing Second Investigation for Mishandling Cases

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The U.S. Department of Education announced it is launching a second investigation into LSU’s reported mishandling of sexual misconduct cases.

The federal agency’s Office for Civil Rights notified LSU of the Title IX compliance investigation in a letter dated March 31, which was first obtained by USA Today

“There has been extensive media coverage of the university’s potential mishandling of complaints of sexual assault, including allegations that university officials ignored sexual assault allegations made against former athletes,” the spokesperson said.

The department will be analyzing LSU’s handling of student complaints of sexual assault and harassment from the 2018-2019 academic year to the present. This is the second investigation from the federal agency since February, which is when the Department of Education notified the university they would be conducting a far-reaching probe of LSU’s compliance with federal campus safety laws.

At the time, a spokesperson told LSU that it received complaints alleging “a pattern of conduct that resulted in serious violations of the Clery Act.” However, this new case was opened “in light of recent reports describing students’ allegations that the University mishandled their complaints of sexual assault and harassment.”

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