LSU reportedly under federal investigation over sexual assault cases, including allegations against former football players
LSU has confirmed a report by The Advocate that the university is under federal investigation for how the university reports and investigates crimes on campus. The probe was opened after students alleged that LSU mishandled their domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Andrea Gallo of The Advocate details that the university is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education. Gallo reports that the investigation “centers on possible violations of the Clery Act, a federal law that requires college campuses that receive federal funding to issue warnings about threats on campus and to make information public about crimes on campus.”
“This week, LSU was notified that the U.S. Department of Education would be conducting a campus crime program review related to Clery Act requirements,” LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard told The Advocate. “Campus safety and the well being of those at LSU is always our priority, and following Clery guidelines for reporting and notifying the campus community is an important part of crime prevention that we take extremely seriously.”
While a Department of Education investigation differs from an NCAA investigation, LSU football is tied to the new investigation. The Advocate article cites USA Today’s investigative reporting into allegations against former running back Derrius Guice and former wide receiver Drake Davis.
Gallo writes that LSU’s crime program review “could take several months, if not years.” (A Department of Education spokesman declined comment to The Advocate.)
The Department’s review will be “off-site,” per the article. Gallo notes that the school is being asked to turn over records involving LSU Athletics and Greek Life:
LSU is also being asked to turn over 26 different types of records from between 2016 and 2020. Those include annual security reports, LSU Police Department call logs, Greek Life misconduct incident reports, LSU Athletics organizational charts and more.
Gallo’s report mentions that in addition to the Department of Education investigation, LSU previously commissioned its own probe into potential Title IX violations. That investigation is expected to be completed later this month.