LSU to require sexual harassment classes for athletes, coaches

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LSU will require every student-athlete, coach and staff member in the athletics department to go through sexual harassment sensitivity and awareness training, according to the Advocate.

School administrators decided on the move as a number of major universities, including Baylor and Tennessee, have been accused of mishandling of sexual assault claims. 

“There’s only two other schools doing this at the moment,” LSU President F. King Alexander said when the preventative step was announced. “They’re doing it in a reactive mode due to problems they’ve had. We’re implementing this in a proactive mode.”

LSU has also hired the Dan Beebe Group, which is led by the former commissioner of the Big 12, to help create a curriculum that will promote awareness about sexual assault among student-athletes.

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The training will be required for both male and female students. It will involve the roughly 400 athletes and 250 coaches and athletic staff members.

The class will cover prevention of harassment, physical abuse, sexual abuse misconduct and humans relations risk.

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