University of Iowa President Sally Mason responded today for the first time to the situation involving a former academic adviser in the athletic department who resigned amid allegations he violated the institution’s sexual-harassment policies.
Peter Gray resigned Nov. 5, days before a university investigative report obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen documented attempts to trade athletic tickets and money for sexual favors, as well previous incidents about conduct concerns.
Gray worked for the athletic department from 1993-95 and again from 2002 until last week.
Mason released this statement to the Des Moines Register after repeated requests for comment: “Regarding the recent media reports about Peter Gray, it is a confidential personnel matter and the university will not make any additional comment.
“However, I want to assure you that we are continuing to review all the details regarding this matter and how it was handled. 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.”
Mason declined to answer questions from the Register about whether concerns regarding Gray have been forwarded to law enforcement agencies or other oversight groups, such as the Big Ten Conference or NCAA. The president also declined to explain why answers to those types of questions would potentially create personnel issue concerns.
Gray was found to have inappropriate photographs stored on his work computer, including two that involved individuals engaged in sex acts with toys or stuffed animals, numerous pictures of college-age individuals posing in swimsuits and a few of individuals dressed in underwear, the report stated.
This semester, Gray’s duties included one-on-one counseling with members of the U of I women’s basketball, men’s golf and men’s and women’s swimming teams.
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