Aug. 11, 2008
UI continues investigation into student complaints
The University of Iowa is continuing to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct filed by three students of political science professor Arthur H. Miller.
The UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) began an investigation in mid-May after a student filed a complaint against Miller. Upon receiving the initial complaint, OEOD immediately instructed Miller to have no contact with students while the investigation was ongoing. Miller does not teach summer sessions but will be placed on paid administrative leave effective the first day of the fall 2008 semester pursuant to university policy.
Based on findings from the OEOD investigation, the UI Office of the Provost will consider what action can and should be taken.
The UI Department of Public Safety launched a separate investigation in mid-May and subsequently turned over its findings to the Johnson County Attorney's Office.
"Our primary focus right now is on ensuring the safety and security of our students and fully investigating these allegations, which we consider very serious," UI Associate Provost Susan Johnson said.
Marcella David, special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost for diversity, said the UI takes all reports of sexual harassment seriously and that the OEOD and other offices responded promptly to the complaints.
"In addition to the offices mentioned above, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Rape Victim Advocacy Program have worked together to ensure that these allegations are investigated thoroughly, fairly and professionally," David said.
Miller has been a faculty member at the UI since 1985. His salary is $123,500.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Questions about the UI's administrative investigation may be directed to UI General Counsel Marc Mills, at 319-335-0054, or Associate Provost Susan Johnson, 319-335-0256. Questions about pending or potential criminal charges related to this case should be directed to the Johnson County Attorney's Office.