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List coverage of all news pertaining to FUS sex abuse crisis.

Pivonka appointed Franciscan University president

Franciscan University of Steubenville announced that Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, has been appointed the university’s seventh president. “It’s both humbling and an honor to be chosen to lead Franciscan University of Steubenville,” Pivonka said in a May 22 statement.

Franciscan University president resigns after Church Militant pressure

After months of pressure from the right-wing media organization Church Militant and its supporters, many of them parents of current students at Franciscan University of Steubenville as well as alumni …

NEWS9 Special Assignment: Silenced Survivors

Two former Franciscan University of Steubenville students are sharing their stories of alleged on-campus attacks — and they’re not the only ones. NEWS9 became aware of these stories when an article was published in a prominent catholic news outlet — the National Catholic Reporter.

Plaque’s removal from Franciscan University exposes abuse by former chaplain

The Portiuncula Chapel on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, is, according to university material, “a grace-filled haven for quiet meditation … set aside for private pray…

Franciscan University highlights sexual assault policies following criticism

Franciscan University in Steubenville has said it is committed to reporting and investigating all allegations of abuse in alignment with Title IX requirements and the school’s Catholic identity, following claims that it has mishandled abuse cases in the past.

Franciscan University vows to stop sexual assault, but victims need convincing

Franciscan University of Steubenville, nestled in the hills of northeast Ohio, is an institution with a reputation for traditional Catholic piety. It is a place where charismatic prayer is frequently …

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, takes steps to address sexual assault, Title IX issues

The president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, announced Aug. 31 a new initiative aimed at better addressing sexual assault and abuse. He also announced a review of university rec…

Alumnae question Franciscan University of Steubenville’s commitment to Title IX

“Even the way they discuss sexual assault and harassment focuses on what the church teaches on premarital sex, modesty and avoiding situations that lead to sexual assault, as opposed to taking the report for what it is.”- Marisa Bortz