The Oregon State University Board of Trustees has put President Dr. F. King Alexander on probation through June 1, 2021, and will conduct an evaluation designed “to help inform his success,” according to a statement from board chair Rani Borkar.
This follows a report – known as the Husch Blackwell report – that Louisiana State University failed to act on Title IX compliance recommendations during Alexander’s tenure as president there.
The board met March 17 to review the report and voted 12-2 on Alexander’s probation.
Alexander “will be required to review the recommendations of the Husch Blackwell report relevant to OSU policies and practices and provide the Board with a report by June 1 that assesses and seeks to improve any OSU policies, procedures and funding needs for Title IX reporting and survivor support services,” the statement read.
He must also present to the board “a concrete plan to rebuild trust and relationships with the university community” by June 1.
“We heard today from survivors and advocates about the need for survivor-centered, trauma-informed processes and resources,” Borkar wrote. “We heard the importance of offering students, staff and faculty robust resources, including both reporting options and confidential support and resources. This input will guide the university’s response.”
In a March 10 letter to the board, the OSU faculty union criticized the board’s silence on issues regarding Alexander’s hire.