The University of Iowa announced a series of changes in school policy amid an ongoing investigation into one of its former employees.
Peter Gray, the associate director of athletic student services and the director of academic advising and counseling for the University of Iowa, resigned last week after allegations of sexual harassment including inappropriately touching a student-athlete.
"The University of Iowa owes an apology to everyone affected by this avoidable incident," University of Iowa President Sally Mason said in a statement. "We cannot afford to allow even an isolated breakdown in our system to compromise that fundamental commitment.
"As a result, I immediately started gathering facts about this situation. I very much appreciate the assistance of many senior administrators, especially Athletic Director Gary Barta, as we worked to get a better understanding of facts. I have completed my extensive inquiry and am confident we have developed remedies addressing the breakdowns that occurred."
The university says the following changes will be effective immediately:
•The university will conduct a detailed review of all hiring processes, starting with the department of athletics, to ensure units are being compliant with accepted practices for the vetting and hiring of job applicants;
•The university will launch an internal audit that will be charged with closely examining processes in the areas of student-athlete advising services and compliance;
•Supervision for student-athlete advising services in the department of athletics will report to the provost and athletic director for at least two years;
•Supervision of the compliance operations in the department of athletics will report to the general counsel and athletic director for at least two years;
•All individuals in advising service and compliance operations will be required to take additional sexual harassment training. Such training is mandated for all UI employees.
The university said it will not publicly discuss the disciplinary actions that pertain to the specific employees involved.
The Iowa Board of Regents issued a statement Friday morning, a day after President Mason held a private meeting with several of its members, saying, "The Board looks forward to a report of the findings from President Mason's investigation."
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