U Of Iowa President Would Not Have Informed Public About Sexual Harassment Case

Thursday, November 29, 2012

University of Iowa President Sally Mason said Tuesday she would not have informed the public about the sexual harassment investigation surrounding a former UI Athletics Department official had it not been publicized earlier this month by the Press-Citizen.

“That would’ve been part of the personnel record,” Mason said in an interview Tuesday.

Former Athletics Department adviser Peter Gray was allowed to resign Nov. 5 after an investigation into numerous sexual harassment allegations against him that involved students and student-athletes. The report that resulted from the investigation also found Gray violated UI’s Sexual Harassment Policy.

University officials have been tight-lipped about details of the case since the Press-Citizen first publicized the report Nov. 10, and Mason was no different Tuesday. She declined to say why Gray was allowed to resign rather than being fired, claiming that state law precludes her from sharing personnel information.

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