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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Gov. Edwards appoints nephew, former law partner to UL System board

BY: - January 6, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards named his nephew and former law partner Bradley A. Stevens to the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, a move that a legal expert says is allowed in Louisiana law and that Stevens himself says is based on his qualifications.  Stevens has been a partner at Edwards & […]

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LSU ordered to release records in football star Derrius Guice’s case

BY: - January 5, 2021

LSU has been ordered to release records without most redactions of a university police investigation into former college football star Derrius Guice, who was accused of taking a semi-nude photo of a fellow student without her consent in 2016. A Baton Rouge state court also ordered the university to pay a $100 per day fine […]

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LSU official who didn’t report domestic violence confession resigns from presidential search committee

BY: - December 17, 2020

An LSU athletic administrator who failed to report a football player’s confession of domestic violence to the police or university authorities has voluntarily stepped down from the search committee for LSU’s new president after media organizations raised questions about his role in picking the university’s next leader. His decision came about 30 minutes after he […]

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LSU official who didn’t report domestic violence confession remains on presidential search committee

BY: - December 17, 2020

Update: LSU officials say the athletic administrator mentioned in this story, Verge Ausberry, stepped down from the search committee for LSU’s next president on Thursday afternoon after the story was published. Ausberry attended a virtual meeting of the search committee about 30 minutes before resigning from the group. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Ausberry made […]

Attending LSU basketball games more dangerous than attending football games, epidemiologist warns

BY: - December 17, 2020

An announced plan to limit the stands at LSU basketball’s games to 25 percent capacity is not restrictive enough to adequately prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, an infectious disease expert says, but interim LSU President Tom Galligan said the actual capacity will likely be between 16 to 18 percent when social distancing rules […]

For its first full COVID-19 semester, Louisiana’s colleges give themselves a passing grade

BY: - December 10, 2020

With the first full COVID-19 semester essentially behind them, universities across Louisiana are giving themselves high marks for keeping infection rates down among the students, faculty and staff members that live, teach and work on their campuses. Most of the state’s college students have already said goodbye to campus for the fall semester. Universities adjusted […]

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Louisiana voters won’t allow out-of-state residents to serve on university boards

BY: - December 5, 2020

Louisiana voters overwhelmingly rejected a state constitutional amendment to allow out-of-state residents to serve on public higher education boards Saturday (Dec. 5) that the Louisiana Legislature approved without a single lawmaker voting against it.  State universities and colleges pushed for the measure, but a few days before the election, the Louisiana Republication Party executive committee […]

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After allegations of mishandling of sexual assault allegations, LSU president tells board, ‘We’re committed to owning up to any mistakes’

BY: - December 5, 2020

The out-of-state law firm that LSU hired to investigate the university’s sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence procedures will begin conducting interviews on-campus as early as next week. That firm, Husch Blackwell, is expected to produce a public report in February, and Scott Schneider, a partner with the firm LSU’s Board of Supervisors said their […]

LSU expects report on campus sexual misconduct in February

BY: - November 25, 2020

The out-of-state law firm that LSU hired to investigate the university’s sexual misconduct and intimate partner violence procedures started its work Tuesday. The firm, Husch Blackwell, is expected to produce a public report in February. “Accountability matters, and if Husch Blackwell finds that any wrongdoing was done by individuals or the university itself, we will […]

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Former LSU football star Derrius Guice’s name is redacted from a police report. Should it be?

BY: - November 23, 2020

At a state court hearing in Baton Rouge Monday, LSU attorneys repeatedly objected to former college football standout Derrius Guice being brought up by name. They insisted on referring to Guice as “the accused”. But that didn’t stop Samantha Brennan from using Guice’s full name when she was asked who she reported to campus police […]

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Louisiana’s colleges will move to full virtual after Thanksgiving

BY: - November 21, 2020

Most of Louisiana’s colleges and universities will move to full virtual classes and not report to traditional classrooms after the Thanksgiving holidays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Reed.  Reed spoke to the Resilient Louisiana Commission meeting Friday. The commission, which Gov. John Bel Edwards established to determine […]

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Governor not prepared to fire anyone over LSU sexual misconduct scandal yet

BY: - November 19, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday said he would not call for the terminations of any LSU administrators yet in the wake of a USA Today investigation in which several female students said university officials ignored acts of rape and domestic violence by football players and other male students. “I’m not prepared to say any […]