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LSU faces second federal investigation into handling of sexual misconduct allegations

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The U.S. Department of Education launched its second investigation into Louisiana State University since the school’s chronic mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations came to light amid reporting by USA TODAY.

The federal agency’s Office for Civil Rights notified the university of the Title IX compliance investigation in a letter dated March 31. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY, says the agency will examine LSU’s handling of student complaints of sexual assault and harassment from the 2018-2019 academic year to present. 

Title IX is a federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in any school that receives federal money. 

LSU spokesman Jim Sabourin confirmed receipt of the letter but did not offer a comment. 

It is the second such investigation since February, when the Department of Education notified LSU it was conducting a far-reaching probe of the school’s compliance with federal campus safety laws. The agency told LSU at the time it 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.

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