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BATON ROUGE – Southern System Associate Vice President Lester Pourciau has been suspended with pay while the university investigates complaints of sexual harassment, WBRZ learned Friday.

The WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned through sources close to the investigation an audio recording exists with at least one of the female employees Pourciau is accused of saying inappropriate things to.

Pourciau works at the Baton Rouge campus' human resources office.

Specifics about the complaint were not released. Though, Southern confirmed the investigation.

“[Lester Pourciau] has been put on administrative leave while we conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment,” a campus spokesperson said.

Flandus McClinton, vice president for finance and business affairs, is overseeing Pourciau's human resources staff in the interim.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned today, Southern University is close to making a decision on what to do with Southern Law Professor Dorothy Jackson. Jackson wrote that questionable will at the Southern University Elder Law Clinic. It would have benefitted the Director of the East baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. Jackson has been placed on leave since then, and Chancellor John Pierre expects to give his decision on how to discipline her to the System President by next week.


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