UI investigating Twitter claims of harassment by student

UI investigating Twitter claims of harassment by student
KCJJ Staff
06/12/18

University of Iowa officials say they are investigating claims by several students on Twitter that a fellow student harassed them.

The UI through its official Twitter account directly responded to eight students on Monday who had shared their personal interactions or those shared with them by other students. The UI in its response says the issue has been referred to the Dean of Students office and shared contact information for several on-campus support services.

The allegations range from harassment to online stalking to sexual misconduct. While the Twitter complaints name the student, no official complaint has been filed.

The UI on Tuesday issued another Twitter statement, saying the university does not condone sexual misconduct of any kind. However, they say no more information can or will be released because the investigation remains open.

UI Police also received Twitter complaints on Monday but warned students any tweet “does not constitute a formal complaint,” instead urging them to contact the UIPD directly if a student wants to file such a complaint.

The UI’s Dean of Students position is currently in flux, with Lyn Redington having left at the end of the school year to take a position at Idaho State University and no official replacement named. Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers appears to be handling many of those duties for the time being.

The UI brought in four finalists for the position in April and May but a new dean has yet to be named.