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University of Idaho Athletic Director put on administrative leave following mishandling of sexual assault report

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KHQ.COM - University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear has been put on administrative leave for 60 days while investigators and university leadership work to better understand process failures in reporting sexual assault complaints in 2012 and 2013. This comes after some students at the University of Idaho called for the athletic director to step down in response to a sexual assault from five years ago that’s finally making headlines.

University leaders say during the review period, they will take several actions to address the importance of safety, improved responsiveness and accountability. These include:

  • Continuing an internal review and engaging an external investigator regarding behaviors of concern.
  • Engaging an external consultant to help leadership better understand what has happened and bolster the training and support of sexual assault prevention, reporting and response throughout the university, with the goal of creating and maintaining an inclusive community where students feel supported for as long as they are part of the local community.
  • Hiring additional help to address the workload in the university’s Office of Civil Rights and Investigations. Another position may be hired in the coming months. In the interim, this office will receive any additional support it needs.
     

At the end of the 60 days, the university will have more information on next steps.

“This is a challenging day,” said President Chuck Staben. “But understanding how we’ve handled situations in the past and how we can improve is essential. We have a responsibility to provide our students, and our student-athletes, with the best college experience and the most support possible. We are committed to meeting these expectations.”

“The goal is to make sure we better understand this situation and how we can both learn from our mistakes and become a leader in responsiveness and transparency,” Staben said.

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