When the LSU football team exits the tunnel at the northern end of the 102,000-seat Tiger Stadium on Saturday for its traditional spring bout, players will open a field decorated with a symbol recognizing the month of sexual harassment awareness.
The sign symbolizes the efforts to promote healing at the university, but it also reminds of the inevitable challenges that YSU will face in the foreseeable future. It is unclear what impact the US Department of Education Senate Electoral Commission will have on how the university handled sexual misconduct allegations, such as the $ 50 million civil lawsuit in federal court, and LSU athletics programs.
But regardless of the results, it will probably take time to remove the stain on the LSU brand.
“LCU is like my children. “I always like it, but I want it to be better,” said James Carville, a political analyst at LSU who teaches at the university, has one child enrolled there, and another who graduated there. “Right now. It doesn’t get any better.”
Although no current LCU coach or official has been fired, the accusations of female students dating back nearly a decade have reached the former high-ranking universities after they left school. The recent revelations about how these accusations were made were quite unpleasant that the former coach of LSU Les Miles և former president of the university F. King Alexander was no longer satisfied with his last job.
Miles, who won the national title during his coaching career at LSU from 2005 to 2016, lost his job in Kansas.
Oregon fired President F. Kennedy. Alexander Alexander, who held such a position at the LCU when allegations that Miles sexually abused female students in the football office were kept secret by the university and his law firm in 2013, despite offers at the time. – Athletics director Elo Allևn to fire Miles.
Probably, there is no threat to the work of the current LSU coach Ed Orgeron. But he is careful to choose his words, in part because of a federal lawsuit filed by the current associate director of the LSU, Sharon Lewis. His lawsuit alleges that certain current or former members of the LSU’s sports management and football team conspired to retaliate against him when he tried to claim that Miles allegedly made progress against female students, in violation of Title IX federal laws prohibiting gender discrimination, harassment or violence
Orgeron declined to elaborate this week on what he would say to current և future athletes և their families if they expressed concern about possible concussions at LSU due to a preliminary investigation or trial.
“We are discussing it internally,” Orgeron said this week. “We have a plan. “We have a lot of people talking a lot, things like that, but I’m going to leave that at that.”
In a letter to the state Senate Committee on Women and Children, Orgeron said he supports labor lawmakers and others trying to protect women in the LPU.
At the same time, the football program hosted speakers from defense groups such as Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR). Other speakers included LSU Title IX Researcher Jeff Scott և LSU Chief Advisor Winston De Cure. And there are more planned.
However, some consider these to be reactionary և symbolic gestures that do not hold accountable those LSU individuals who have not aggressively sought to investigate allegations of sexual violence for years.
“LCU does not take IX Title seriously yet,” said Tammy Brown, Lewis’ lawyer, who continues to work at LSU as the lawsuit against the school continues.
He cited LSU’s decision to bar staff from attending last week’s Senate State Committee hearing following a review by the law firm Husch Blackwell, which scrutinized LSU’s handling of complaints of sexual misconduct.
The 148-page review was all over the place, studying, for example, cases against members of the fraternity. But some of the higher-profile cases involved players, including former runner-up Derius Guiss, who was arrested last year by the NFL Washington football team for domestic violence.
Hush Blackwell concluded that YSU unfortunately had the resources to comply with Title IX և instead tended to show more resistance than helping the alleged victims.
Lewis attorneys Tammy and Bridget Brown wanted their client allowed to assist the state Senate committee. Instead, DeCuir was the only one to speak on behalf of the university, saying that YSU General Council “used its time to attack my client,” said Tammy Brown, who described herself as an opportunist for personal financial gain.
Lewis trial does not mention Orgeron among the defendants. It lists 10 anonymous men and 10 anonymous women among the defendants.
Orgeron replaced Miles on a permanent basis in 2017, coaching the LCU in the 2019 season with an unbeaten record in the national championship. At least nine former players have been charged with at least nine former players who played in Orgeron, according to an investigation by USA Today.
Some were punished և eventually left LSU, but others, like Guis, left school in good shape և selected in the NFL draft.
In a recent review by Hush Blackwell, more criticism was leveled at the LSU administration than at Orgeron, saying that coaches usually have no experience in resolving sexual harassment complaints and should pass them on to Title IX compliance officials.
Last week, the US Department of Education announced that, in part because of its coverage of the Hush Blackwell report related related LMs, its Civil Rights Office would investigate possible violations by Title IX of Title IX. Institutions found to be in violation may lose federal funding.
The harshest punishment ever inflicted on current LSU employees was the one-month suspension of Deputy Sports Director Verge Ausbury and Senior Sports Director Miriam Segari, who have been found to have mishandled numerous complaints of sexual misconduct.
State legislators have stated that they consider the disciplinary sanction of the LCU to be insufficient.
Students agree. Last month, some people went on a sit-in strike in the LSU football operations building.
Bridget և Tammy Brown said they expect the Lewis trial to not only compensate their client, but also bring about change at LSU և any other institution that has not previously been able to pay proper attention to Title IX compliance.
“Sharon Lewis has not only influenced Sharon Lewis, she is a whistle,” said Bridget Brown. He hit the whistle, people have to stop, look at the person standing in front of them. Will it change things in Louisiana? We are going to see. “