LSU medical schools under fire for sexual harassment allegations, bullying, Nazi jokes
SHREVEPORT - Employees of LSU medical schools in Shreveport filed complaints with the federal government about Chancellor Dr. Ghali E. Ghali and other senior leadership members for sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliatory actions.
The complaints, which were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by four employees, also had been filed weeks ago with the LSU System’s Title IX office.
According to the filings, 16 medical students reported sexual harassment by an administrative faculty member. F. Scott Kennedy, former dean of admissions, allegedly made good-looking female students and applicants write book reports on pornographic stories.
Kennedy also asked students out for wine, made derogatory comments on female students' appearances and took pictures of young women, according to complaints.
Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Woerner said students came to her with other complaints about senior administration, including offensive jokes, bullying, comments about Jews and Nazis and photoshopped pictures meant to humiliate a gay faculty member.
Woerner said she was demoted after she brought up these issues and had an investigation launched against her by the school based on a complaint filed by the current dean of admissions. She was never told what the complaint was.
Ernie Ballard, the spokesman for LSU, said LSU had no information on the complaints. Lisa Babin, head of communications for the medical school, has not yet released a statement about the complaints.
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