LSU under federal investigation for compliance with campus safety laws after USA TODAY probe

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LSU under federal investigation for compliance with campus safety laws after USA TODAY probe

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a far-reaching investigation into Louisiana State University’s compliance with federal campus safety

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The U.S. Department of Education has launched a far-reaching investigation into Louisiana State University’s compliance with federal campus safety laws, less than three months after a USA TODAY investigation uncovered widespread mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations by the university’s athletic department and broader administration.

The investigation will begin immediately and focus in part on LSU athletics and Greek life, a Department of Education official wrote in a Feb. 2 letter to LSU Interim President Tom Galligan that was obtained by USA TODAY. The letter said that the department had received complaints alleging “a pattern of conduct that resulted in serious violations of the Clery Act,” a 1990 federal law aimed at transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. 

Recent media coverage of the school contributed to its concerns, wrote Lisa Bureau, an acting director with the department’s enforcement and consumer protection unit.

The Advocate first reported on the investigation Friday.

Louisiana State University interim president Thomas Galligan

The objective of the investigation is to “further assess the nature and extent of any violations” and “ensure that effective remedial action is taken, as needed,” the letter said. LSU officials can expect to be “in regular contact with” department officials throughout the review. At its conclusion, the department will issue any preliminary findings of violations and recommendations, as well as prepare a written report. The investigation is open-ended, with no estimated completion date.

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