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Oregon State places F. King Alexander on probation following LSU Title IX report

4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago Wednesday, March 17 2021 Mar 17, 2021 March 17, 2021 7:39 PM March 17, 2021 in News
Source: WBRZ

CORVALLIS, OR - After a marathon meeting, the Oregon State University Board of Trustees placed President F. King Alexander on probation until June 1, 2021 following fallout from LSU's Husch Blackwell report. 

In addition to Alexander's 77-day probation, trustees called for several other internal and external steps to mitigate future Title IX-related issues.

-Board of Trustees will conduct its own evaluation to gather feedback to help Alexander succeed in his position. This evaluation will also include feedback from the university community.

-The university's executive audit committee will hire an outside consultant to review LSU's Husch Blackwell report and corresponding recommendations. The third-party consultant will also follow-up on any outstanding questions related to the Husch Blackwell report.

-Alexander will review the recommendations of the LSU report and evaluate and identify opportunities to improve OSU’s policies and procedures, and to assess funding needs for Title IX and survivor services.

-Alexander will be required to present a concrete plan to rebuild trust and relationships with the OSU community.

Two board members voted against the motion, seven hours after they first convened to discuss Alexander's handling of sexual misconduct while at LSU. Prior to that discussion, Alexander heard from members of the public for nearly an hour. Nineteen speakers, several of whom were OSU employees, lambasted the former LSU president.

"There is no doubt that the hiring of President Alexander has damaged the reputation of OSU," one speaker, an OSU employee said. "The fact that it took nearly a week [following the release of the LSU's Husch Blackwell report] for a statement to come from the board or the president, only adds fuel to this dumpster fire."

Alexander apologized again, striking a similar tone to his appearance at a faculty forum Monday.

"I am truly sorry," Alexander said. "I also feel terribly for anyone who has experienced sexual assault, violence, harassment, which I am committed to eradicating from our community and society. As a university president, I do accept ultimate responsibility and accountability for everything that happens here at Oregon State University...just as I've done at Murray State University, and Cal State Long Beach and LSU."

A video featuring Alexander's apology can be viewed below. 

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