Univ. of Iowa President Mason Apologizes For Sexual Assault Comments

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa president Sally Mason apologized for recent comments made to the student newspaper at a presidential forum this morning. Mason made the comments regarding sexual assault to the Daily Iowan last week, which helped spur campus wide protests on Sunday and Monday.

Mason told the paper that sexual assault is not completely unavoidable given human nature. She has since released a statement saying their is no excuse for such behavior.

At a forum this morning Mason apologized for the comments.

"I am sorry for the pain my words caused," she said.

University leaders say they're working with students to make changes to campus policies regarding sexual assault cases. Many students have taken issue with so called "timely warning" notifications of such incidents.

Mason will hear from students at a listening session on the issue scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the Iowa Memorial Union.
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