University of Iowa President Sally Mason transferred responsibilities away from the athletic department on Friday and labeled incidents of sexual harassment involving former academic adviser Peter Gray “avoidable.”
Mason’s actions were outlined in a news release issued one week after an internal university investigation was made public. That report stated there was a “reasonable basis” to conclude Gray had violated the university’s policy on sexual harassment.
“The University of Iowa owes an apology to everyone affected by this avoidable incident,” said Mason, who did not speak to reporters on Friday. “We cannot afford to allow even an isolated breakdown in our system to compromise that fundamental commitment.”
The changes announced include a structural shake-up that gives administrators some oversight responsibilities for duties previously performed within the athletic department.