BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Today is a pivotal day at Louisiana State University according to interim President Tom Galligan.
Husch Blackwell, the independent law firm hired by the university says they collected information and conducted interviews for three months to put the report together.
There is not timetable yet in which the university will try to accomplish the eighteen benchmark recommendations provided by the firm. The creation of the Civil Rights and Title IX department is slated to be created immediately.
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An LSU student who had her own personal experience with LSU’s Title IX office spoke via zoom to the LSU Board of Supervisors during Friday’s meeting.
“I’d like to express the little faith that I have in this board to do the right thing.. today or in the months to come. Today we’re not here.. this meeting was not called out of the goodness of your heart. We are here because a national news outlet published a story in November of last year which created a bit of a public relations problem for you. That is the only reason you are here now pretending to resolve this issue.”
We spoke to the same student after the findings of the Husch and Blackwell investigation were released at the meeting. The student expressed concern that not enough disciplinary action is being taken against LSU administration involved in the investigation. However, she says it’s clear voices are being heard. “At the very least today concerns were being expressed where as before, the USA Today article in November it wasn’t being addressed at all and there was no chance of anything good happening from your reporting.”
The student says she doesn’t want an apology for what happened, but for the University to follow through with the Husch and Blackwell recommendations and make the right decisions.
An attorney for Samantha Brennan, one of the women who told her personal story of dealing with LSU’s Title IX office in the bombshell USA Today investigation released a statement:
“While we knew there were serious issues with LSU’s Title IX compliance, we are shocked and appalled at the scope of the problems identified in this report.Our clients are devastated to learn that the school they loved so much has not only broken their trust but hurt so many others. They are still processing this information and have nothing further to share at this time.“