“TROUBLED BY REPORT” - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he's determined to support changes at Louisiana State University after the school mishandled years of sexual assault and rape complaints. Edwards had this to say yesterday on his monthly radio show on Public Radio WRKF in Baton Rouge.
"It's very troubling because it was obviously a failure of institutional leadership at the highest levels," Edwards said.
Edwards was referring to a report released by LSU on March 5th, made by an independent law firm that described how the university handled complaints from students about sexual harassment, assault and rape dating back as far as 2013. This story was first broken by USA Today and has led to the University of Kansas firing former LSU football head coach Les Miles, who was accused of harassment of students, but there have been no firings at LSU.
"I'm at a total loss to explain the decision making and what happened and I'm absolutely determined these issues are going to get fixed and this is going to happen across the state.," Edwards said. "We’re not just going to assume that this is just at LSU, we’re going to make sure that all of our education in Louisiana participates."
Edwards said he had confidence in the current members of the university's governing board which he appointed who will address the problems and see that policies are installed to prevent future such failures.