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UW-L dorm director reprimanded for sexually explicit email

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A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse residence hall director who offended some students and parents with an email tutoring men how to help women overcome their so-called “orgasm deficit” has apologized and been reprimanded.

Drake Hall Director Jude Legiste sent the graphic email, which includes pejorative terms for men’s and women’s genitalia, to the nearly 300 students who live in Drake at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday with the subject line, “You Gone Learn Today!!”

The 26-year-old Legiste has since learned that UW-L officials have put a reprimand in his file, and he himself emailed an apology Sunday night

“I didn’t think it through,” Legiste said during an interview with the Tribune Monday afternoon. For me, a large part of it was to start a conversation about gender equity.”

The email didn’t faze some students, although others found it offensive, and some parents called Legiste’s supervisors, he acknowledged.

“I was wrong, and I take full responsibility,” said Legiste, who said he is paid about $32,000 a year for his job as hall director.

Letiste’s emailed apology said, in part, “My entire mission is to create a community in which people feel safe and welcomed. “The email I sent out … was the antithesis of everything I want Drake to be. As your hall director, it is my job to role model appropriate behavior, inclusiveness and develop community.

“I failed you in all those aspects and more. This bad decision led to lots of hurt for many residents and it is important for me to acknowledge this,” wrote Legiste, an economics graduate of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., who has a masters in higher education/higher education administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

“We think the email was very inappropriate, and he has been reprimanded,” UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said. “He has issued an apology, and I think he has learned a lot from this about the proper forums for discussions of sexuality.”

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Tribune.

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