BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana State University (LSU) introduced its new Office of Civil Rights & Title IX to social media Tuesday (August 16).

The department, which is located in 118 Himes Hall on the Baton Rouge campus, will be led by Todd Manuel, who will serve as LSU Vice President of Inclusion, Civil Rights & Tile IX beginning September 1.

In the meantime, Jane Cassidy will continue to helm the office as interim Vice President of Civil Rights & Title IX, which is a position she’s occupied since March of 2021.

The office aims to achieve goals that will contribute to making LSU a safe place for students of all backgrounds and enhance their opportunities to contribute to the institution’s success in fields that include arts and culture, environmental research, economic development.

In 2021, LSU came under fire for its alleged mishandling of sexual assault and violence cases on campus.

Since then, Cassidy and her team have been working to complete 17 of the 18 recommendations for change of policy/procedure made by the law firm Husch Blackwell following its review of the university’s Title IX processes.

LSU says, “The final recommendation will be completed when a power-based violence climate survey will be administered during the 2022-23 academic year.”

It adds that the university’s Board of Supervisors is working with another firm, Baker Tilly, to review its progress and provide additional recommendations.  

In any case, members of the LSU community can speak with staff at the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX regarding any issues related to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights, The Jeanne Clery Act, Title IX enforcement and procedures.

Click here for more information on the new office.