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UI releases Gray documents, but declines to include resignation letter

BY ERIC CLARK | DECEMBER 11, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Daily Iowan obtained thousands of pages of documents Monday from the University of Iowa regarding former UI adviser Peter Gray. While the documents didn’t provide any major insight into the sexual-misconduct controversy, they provided a few more details in the timeline of Gray’s resignation from the university.

The UI declined to release of Gray’s resignation letter, despite numerous media requests for the document, citing Iowa Code 22.7 (11) for confidential personnel records.

Gray’s resignation was announced on Nov. 5 amid allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate touching of student-athletes in the workplace, as well as allegations of trading Hawkeye football tickets for sexual favors.

In an Oct. 29 email signed by Associate Athletics Director Fred Mims,  he told UI colleagues that Gray submitted his resignation in a meeting between the two the previous weekend.

“He requests that staff refrain from contacting him at this time,” Mims said in the email. “It is my hope that he will reach out to us at a later time to inform us of his future plans.”

In an email sent to numerous UI officials, Athletics Director Gary Barta informed his colleagues that personnel matters cannot be discussed and that official comments to the media would be “extremely limited.”

The UI is continuing its investigation into the allegations, and officials plan on discussing the findings during the February state Board of Regents’ meeting.

Regent President Craig Lang said he was disappointed in the UI’s response to the allegations during a Dec. 5 telephonic meeting.

“Clearly, the latest incident at the UI suggests the UI is not doing a good enough job in this area,” he said at the meeting. “It is my expectation that the university continues to address the obvious breakdown in the process, then develop and implement new procedures as soon as possible to ensure the full implementation of board policies to fully protect our students.”


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