SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (AP) – The chancellor of a Louisiana medical school resigned his post Thursday, a day after being reinstated following an investigation into his handling of complaints of sexual harassment of students.
Dr GE Ghali was reinstated Wednesday as chancellor of Louisiana State University’s medical school in Shreveport. He had been put on administrative leave after being accused of suppressing student complaints about sexual harassment by school staff and retaliation against faculty members who supported students.
An independent investigation has cleared him, school spokeswoman Lisa Babin confirmed Thursday.
Ghali, who spent five and a half years as chancellor, issued his resignation letter through a lawyer on Thursday, saying he would now devote more time to his family, patients and students.
“As I initially stated and as has been proven, the allegations against me were unfounded and absolutely false,” he wrote.
Allison A. Jones, the lawyer for four employees who filed complaints against Ghali, called Ghali’s resignation “a step in the right direction.” She questioned the results of the investigation that allegedly cleared Ghali and said more needs to be done to address the concerns of her clients.
“They, and the general public, have a right to see the investigative report released in this case, especially since Dr. Ghali wants to remain on the faculty of the medical school,” Jones said.