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University of Iowa News Release


Nov. 14, 2007

UI officials issue statements on sexual assault report

UI President Sally Mason is traveling but asked that this statement be issued on her behalf:

"The safety of all members of our campus and community is of paramount importance, so I am deeply disturbed to learn of allegations of a sexual assault. The university will do all that it can to insure that the investigation is thorough and that due process is followed so that a just resolution can be achieved.

"The issue of sexual assault has been very much on our minds this year. It is worth repeating what has been said at the various forums already held. Students, families, university employees and community members deserve and expect a safe environment, and we must all work together to create one. This new and unwelcome news is a sharp reminder that our collective efforts have only begun."

UI Athletics Director Gary Barta:

"Sexual assault is a very serious issue and we're treating it as such. I'm obviously concerned for the well-being and safety of the young woman; I'm concerned there are football players included in the investigation; and I'm concerned that we allow the legal process to take its course.

"Because this is an open investigation, authorities have asked me, Coach Ferentz and everyone in athletics to not comment further on this issue at this time."

UI Head Football Coach  Kirk Ferentz:

"I have talked with Gary Barta on this matter. I share his concern for the young woman and her well-being. Likewise, I am concerned that football players are the subject of the investigation. Because it is an open investigation, I cannot comment more."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Steven Parrott, University Relations, 319-335-0552,