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Sit-in targets LSU handling of sexual misconduct cases

March 9, 2021 GMT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Students staged a protest at Louisiana State University on Monday over the school’s handling of sexual misconduct cases involving athletics.

Dozens participated in a sit-in at the football building, news outlets reported. Demonstrators held signs that accused the university of being complicit in wrongdoing.

Student leaders met with interim president Tom Galligan following the demonstration during an hour-long Zoom meeting where they advocated for LSU to impose harsher punishments following the report.

“We’ve listened to them,” Galligan said after the meeting, The Advocate reported. “We did not have any conversation about altering punishment, which would not seem to be a very fair thing to do.”

Two administrators were suspended and ordered to undergo sexual violence training following a review of the way officials handled complaints of sexual misconduct and violence against women, but protesters maintain additional action is needed. Tigers Against Sexual Assault, which organized the protest, has called for firings.

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LSU released a law firm’s 148-page review of how the university has handled sexual misconduct complaints on Friday. Former LSU football coach Les Miles, fired in 2016, was placed on administrative hours later by Kansas, where he now works.

Galligan has said the review concluded that failures in responding to sexual misconduct complaints at LSU stemmed largely from ambiguous policies and a lack of resources for “overburdened” employees.