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Univ. of Iowa Sexual Harassment Case Under Review, Ferentz Speaks Out
By Diane Heldt, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The state Board of Regents will follow-up on how the University of Iowa handled the case of a former staffer who was investigated for sexual harassment, and university officials also are reviewing the situation, officials said Tuesday.
Regents President Craig Lang on Tuesday said through an office spokesperson the regents will be looking into it and following up, though they don't know yet what form that follow-up will take or what the timeline is.
"They're definitely following up on it," regents office Spokeswoman Sheila Doyle Koppin said.
Lang spoke about the issue via phone conference call Monday with board President Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter and with Regents Executive Director Bob Donley, she said.
Peter Gray last week resigned from his position as associate director of athletic student services with the UI Athletics Department. An internal university report leaked last week showed the university investigated him for sexual harassment violations. Gray worked for the department from 1993 to 1995 and again from 2002 until last week.
UI President Sally Mason on Tuesday restated that university officials cannot comment about the situation with Gray because it is a confidential personnel matter.
"However, I want to assure you that we are continuing to review all the details regarding this matter and how it was handled," Mason said in her statement. "Once all the facts are known, I will take all necessary actions that are warranted. My priority is the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff."
Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz said Gray had stopped working with his players.
Ferentz told reporters on Tuesday that Peter Gray worked with the football team in the past, "but it's been awhile. A significant while." He did not elaborate on when Gray stopped counseling his players or why that came about.
Gray resigned last week after a decade at the athletics department, where he was in charge of monitoring the academic progression of all student-athletes.
An internal report released to the Iowa City Press-Citizen found that Gray violated the university's sexual harassment policy through improper behavior that included rubbing, massaging and hugging students.