Gov. Edwards office releases statement on Husch Blackwell findings

Gov. Edwards office releases statement on Husch Blackwell findings
Gov. Edwards office releases statement on Husch Blackwell findings (Source: Melinda Deslatte)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards office has released a statement after Husch Blackwell has released their findings on how LSU handled sexual misconduct allegations.

Husch Blackwell is a third-party law firm hired by LSU to review the findings on how LSU handled cases of sexual misconduct.

A statement from the office of John Bel Edwards to WAFB:

“While the Governor has not read the report in its entirety, he was briefed on its contents and met with President Galligan yesterday. The report contains many deeply concerning and, frankly, upsetting things. Sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse are never okay, period. The report acknowledges that both current and former employees of the University and the Athletic Department fell short in reporting serious violations of Title IX, which could have further jeopardized the safety of students. That’s incredibly troubling. The Governor believes transparency in this situation is important and is glad that the public and the University community have a chance to see and digest this report, which is the first step in improving the institution. That said, the Governor expects LSU to move to quickly implement the report’s 18 recommendations, especially as it relates to dedicating additional resources to the investigation of these types of complaints and the prevention of sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse.”

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