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UI audit finds no irregularities in athletics department, Gray situation

BY STACEY MURRAY | FEBRUARY 07, 2013 5:00 AM

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The University of Iowa presented the Athletics Department’s internal audit regarding Peter Gray to the state Board of Regents at Wednesday’s meeting and found higher levels of compliance this year.

“I know now what work we have to do,” UI President Sally Mason said following the release of the audit.

The regents’ chief audit executive Todd Steward conducted the audit of the sexual-harassment investigation regarding Peter Gray, a former associate director of athletics student services at the UI, following allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with student-athletes at the UI.

The audit revealed the Provost Office was made aware of the allegations against Gray on Sept. 25, 2012, and the sexual misconduct response coordinator was notified the same day. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and University Human Resources agreed on the joint investigation, and Gray was placed on administrative leave on Oct. 8.

The regents requested that UI President Sally Mason report back at its April meeting regarding the UI’s progress in compliance with the sexual harassment policies.

As of Nov. 30, 2012, 100 percent of the Athletics Department was compliant in attending sexual-harassment training, compared with the university-wide compliance rate of 81.6 percent.

The audit also revealed that in Gray’s 2002 rehiring, the university followed its hiring policy and procedures — the auditor didn’t find any irregularities.

The audit found that not all performance reviews — which policy dictates should occur “no less than annually” — were completed in fiscal 2012.

In that year, the audit found that 24 of the 183 employees did not have a performance review. That is to a 13.1 percent non compliance rate, compared with the university-wide non compliance rate of 8.4 percent.

It also found that three of the 10 performance reviews audited from fiscal 2012 did not have the necessary signatures. Finally, the audit found that one performance review was missing. None of the performance reviews documented any accusations of sexual harassment.

The audit recommends that athletics officials require supervisors to forward performance evaluations to personnel files. Also, it suggests additional training regarding performance reviews and assurance that management completes performance reviews on time and with the necessary signatures.

In response to the audit, Regent Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter said he was content with the findings of the audit.

“I think what I maybe would add is generally, the board was very pleased with the results of the audit,” he said.  “We would like to continue to emphasize we would like to move the university to 100 percent compliance.”


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