Oregon St president put on probation for role in LSU cases

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FILE - Then-LSU head coach Les Miles talks with referees during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Auburn in Auburn, Ala., in this Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, file photo. Then-Athletic Director Joe Alleva's recommendation to former LSU President F. King Alexander is detailed in a newly released report into how the university handled sexual misconduct complaints. The exhaustive report released Friday, March 5, 201, by the Husch Blackwell law firm, offers a scathing view of the resources and attention LSU has dedicated to such complaints and has resulted in the suspensions of two senior officials in the athletic department. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State's board of trustees have placed president F. King Alexander on probation for his role in handling sexual misconduct complaints while he was at LSU.

After a seven-hour meeting Wednesday night, the board ordered Alexander to come up with an ''action plan'' to regain the trust of his campus.

A report commissioned by the LSU board found there was a ''serious institutional failure'' in the school's handling of Title IX cases during Alexander's tenure. He served at LSU from July 2013 through 2019 and took the same position at Oregon State in 2020.

A number of Oregon State faculty and students testified in a public hearing earlier in the day, calling for Alexander's firing.

The board considered firing Alexander, USA Today reported.

''Questions were raised about whether we had all of the pertinent information that we need to make a sound, well-informed judgment,'' trustee Paul Kelly told the newspaper, explaining the board's thinking.