On April 15, the LMU faculty senate passed a motion expressing support toward athletes and their voices surrounding allegations of abuse within athletics. This statement follows the comments made by members of the women’s cross country team in speaking out against abuse experienced on the team from coaching as well as the pending investigation into the matter.
The statement reads: “The faculty senate expresses its support for our student athletes and their right to come forward with all concerns, including allegations of abuse, harassment, or retaliation. It is LMU's responsibility to provide appropriate and safe channels inside and outside of athletics for our students to get their concerns heard and addressed to protect our student athletes from harm, and to support them such that they can be successful students and athletes. We join the students in asking for a full and impartial investigation of the allegations raised and of the support and reporting structures provided to our student athletes.”
The faculty senate motion continued by asking for the administration's cooperation in finding a solution to issues that have risen arisen in collegiate athletics.
“We also encourage our administration to collaborate with student athletes in interrogating current systems within collegiate athletics with the goal of developing more holistic, nurturing, and healthful practices. In this, given our mission, we think LMU could lead the way.”
The statement follows the University’s investigation of possible misconduct after redshirt junior cross country runner Rosalie “Rosie” Cruz published a series of social media posts on March 25, alleging psychological abuse from the team’s coaching.
The Loyolan reached out to senior director of public and media relations Erin Bossen for comment on the faculty senate motion, who declined to comment on the specific statement. Bossen informed the Loyolan that the investigation is being handled by LMU Human Resources.