Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when two football players were arrested for an incident involving a female athlete in 2007. One got a suspended sentence for assault in a plea agreement, and the other stood trial and was convicted, likewise for assault, not sexual abuse. An independent investigation of how the university handled the victim’s report found “substantial flaws,” and the president, Sally Mason, fired the general counsel and the vice president for student services, both of whom sued the institution.
Years later, Ms. Mason’s remarks about sexual assault in an interview with the campus newspaper sparked controversy. She said in part: “I’m not pleased that we have sexual assaults, obviously. The goal would be to end that, to never have another sexual assault. That’s probably not a realistic goal just given human nature, and that’s unfortunate, but the more we understand about it, the better we are at trying to handle it and help people get through these difficult situations.” A group started a petition calling on Ms. Mason to apologize, which she did, and the university to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault.
Students haveprotested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and announced a six-point plan to crack down on offenders, increase support for survivors, improve prevention and education, improve communication, add funding, and listen more and report back. The university has also developed sanctioning guidelines, formed a student advisory committee, and remodeled a room where campus police officers interview alleged victims to include more welcoming features, such as carpeting and soft lighting.
Since 2006, the university has received five federal grants totaling more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to create prevention programs and policies on sexual misconduct.
After declining to participate in a climate survey administered by the Association of American Universities, the institution conducted its own in the fall of 2015, and students criticized what they saw as offensive glitches. The survey period was extended because of low response rates.
The University of Iowa’s president on Tuesday publicly apologized for her remarks about sexual assault that were published in a recent article by the university’s student newspaper, the Press-Citizen of Iowa City reported.
Shock waves continue to buffet the University of Iowa over a case of alleged sexual assault. Sally Mason, the university’s president, met today with Iowa’s Board of Regents and apologized for the university’s handling of the alleged 2007 assault o...
The University of Iowa has fired two senior administrators who were singled out for criticism in an outside law firm’s investigation of the university’s response to an alleged sexual assault. President Sally Mason had asked the two men — Phillip J...