SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – Dr Ghali E. Ghali, chancellor of LSU Shreveport School of Medicine, was reinstated on Wednesday after an investigation cleared him of wrongdoing following complaints he had suppressed allegations of sexual harassment involving students and had retaliated against faculty members who had drawn attention. to business.
Ghali had been on administrative leave since April, when four employees filed federal complaints against him.
“I have been informed that, in view of the results of the investigation, my administrative leave has ended and I have been returned to the post of active chancellor without restrictions,” Ghali said in a statement Wednesday afternoon after having received a note from LSU Health Shreveport. resource department on the findings of the external complaint investigation.
Details of the findings of the external investigation were not disclosed.
The lawyer for the women who filed the complaints ruled out the decision to reinstate Ghali.
“If it’s confirmed that Dr. Ghali has been reinstated as Chancellor of LSUHSC-Shreveport, then something is really rotten in the state of Louisiana and at LSU,” said lawyer Allison Jones. “No properly conducted investigation could reach a conclusion that completely cleared Dr. Ghali of improper conduct.”
Jones called for the report on the allegations against Ghali to be released and said the legal battle was not over.
“All of my clients are courageous and will not back down from any fight necessary to ensure that Dr. Ghali is no longer the Chancellor of LSUHSC-Shreveport and is no longer in a position of any kind where he is permitted to continue his service. discrimination and retaliation against other physicians, students and staff, ”Jones said.
“LSU never did the right thing in this case. Other states, such as Oregon and Kansas, have taken more action against former LSU employees than LSU has against those who have been proven to have “They have engaged in improper conduct. My clients continue to suffer retaliation, while LSU claims to absolve those responsible,” Jones said.
Ghali’s reinstatement comes on the same day that one of the doctors – who recently filed a sex discrimination complaint against the school alleging repeated incidents of inappropriate behavior by administrators – filed a complaint with the Caddo District Court to request to resume his duties.
Dr. Jennifer Woerner alleges that she was involuntarily placed on administrative leave in retaliation for her discrimination complaint. She also said that in her absence, Ghali had resumed her duties.
The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in April that an administrator at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport spoke inappropriately and touched 16 female medical students. The documents also alleged that the director of admissions at the medical school required female students to write book reports on pornographic stories, according to The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.
The two accused administrators were close to Ghali and retired shortly after the allegations were made.
But one of the professors the students turned to for help was demoted and became the target of an official retaliatory investigation, according to complaints from the EEOC, the newspaper reported. Two others alleged that promotions were turned down because they helped students and supported faculty members who tried to raise issues of sexual harassment.