LSU Title IX Office announces updates, work to regain trust of campus community

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Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The LSU Office of the Title IX Coordinator gave an update on the university’s implementation of recommendations made by independent law firm Husch Blackwell.

In a letter from Interim Vice President of Civil Rights & Title IX Jane Cassidy, she said some changes made include new hires, policy revision, and training for university athletics employees.

The Title IX office has its eyes set on two goals as they work to regain the trust of the LSU community — support and prevention. Cassidy’s letter stated, “We have been focused on resources, protocol, and communication in order to begin to restore campus trust in our ability to support survivors.”

The office’s physical location has been moved from the University Administration Building to 118 Himes Hall. New hires to the team have been announced: Title IX Coordinator Josh Jones, Case Manager Asha Murphy, Investigators Arlette Henderson and Lydia Adeosun, and Assistant to the Vice President Kelly Eaglin.

A revision has been made to Title IX policy prohibiting sexual misconduct, according to Cassidy.

The letter reads, “The policy revision aligns with Act No. 439 of the 2021 Regular Legislative Session in identifying employees as mandatory reporters, unless otherwise notified, and who are required to report instances of power-based trauma of which they are aware or they shall be terminated. These rules apply to everyone. It also clarifies all phases of the reporting and investigative processes.”

Other changes involve training for Title IX staff and athletics employees. Cassidy’s letter says training for athletics employees includes coaches.

Student leaders involved in a President’s Student Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Violence will be hosting education and awareness events on campus.

To read the full letter, click here.

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