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Resource ID: #25774
Subject: Sexual Harassment
Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen
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Date: Nov. 10, Nov. 13, Nov. 14, Nov. 15, Nov. 16, Nov. 17, Nov. 28, Dec. 1, Dec. 11

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The Press-Citizen obtained confidential documents outlining how a University of Iowa Athletics Department official was found guilty of violating the university's sexual harassment policy, including that he made unwanted and inappropriate advances toward UI students and student athletes and offered to trade athletics tickets and money for sexual favors. After breaking the story on our website and morning edition the next day, the Press-Citizen embarked on nearly daily coverage of this story, which also included numerous FOIA requests. Because of the Press-Citizen's coverage, the university restructured the athletics department and implemented other policy changes. The state Board of Regents has called for a full report of the incident and has criticized the university of being lax in its handling of sexual harassment reports and sexual harassment training. Additional changes or fallout may be forthcoming. Especially illuminating were UI President Sally Mason's remarks in an interview with the Press-Citizen that this incident never would have been made public had the newspaper not obtained the confidential documents, which highlights the importance of watchdog work.

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