LSU suspends 2 employees for mishandling sexual assault claims against athletes

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An investigation found widespread problems with Title IX compliance on campus

Verge Ausberry and Miriam Segar SOURCE: WDSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) – LSU has suspended two high-ranking employees in its athletic department for failing to forward claims of sexual assault and violence against student-athletes.

Interim President Tom Galligan said Friday that deputy athletic director Verge Ausberry and senior associate AD Miriam Segar would be suspended 30 days and 21 days, respectively, without pay.

Their punishment was handed down the same day that LSU’s Board of Supervisors heard a scathing report from a law firm the university hired to look into how sexual assault reporting is handled on campus.

LSU’s investigation was launched after a USA Today story in November revealed multiple failings within the athletic department after allegations were leveled against football players Derrius Guide and Drake Davis.

The law firm Husch Blackwell was hired to conduct the investigation that found systemic issues with Title IX compliance at LSU. The federal law requires schools to have a formal, confidential process for students to report sexual assault and violence allegations, as well as provide an opportunity for those accused to defend themselves.

The investigation showed that incidents reported at LSU went through its lawyers, which Husch Blackwell attorney Scott Schneider called “rife with conflicts.”

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