U of Texas Regents To Review Policies On Inappropriate Relationships

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The University of Texas System will review policies regarding inappropriate relationships between employees and students at all 15 campuses in the system, officials said Sunday.

The review, announced after a rare Sunday meeting of the system’s Board of Regents, was prompted by the disclosure that an assistant football coach at the Austin campus was disciplined in 2009 for an inappropriate relationship with a female student.

In a statement issued after the closed-door meeting, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and regents Chairman Gene Powell said Regent Paul Foster of El Paso will lead the review. Among others things, the review will examine compliance with policies for immediate notification of campus administrators and the Board of Regents when policies are violated. A system rule that became effective Nov. 1 covers these matters but will be reviewed for possible strengthening, the statement said.

“The No. 1 priority of all UT administrative leaders, faculty, staff and athletic personnel should be protecting our students and ensuring that their experience at any UT institution is a positive and safe one,” the statement said.

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