University of Iowa officials were not at fault for a belated investigation of sexual abuse allegations that led to charges against two former Hawkeye football players, but a university policy that paved the way for the arrangement is flawed.
Those are the views of the Iowa Board of Regents, which released a report on Tuesday in response to the case of Cedric Everson, 18, and Abe Satterfield, 19, who face charges of second-degree sexual abuse in connection with the case.
Satterfield also faces an additional charge for third-degree sexual abuse.
The report said Iowa should streamline its investigative divisions for sexual-abuse complaints into a single office. University officials also should notify campus police whenever a sexual assault is reported.
Such a change would avoid potential conflicts of interest when allegations arise out of university departments, according to the report.
In the incident in question, a woman told an athletic official she was sexually assaulted at a dormitory on Oct. 14 - but campus police didn't find out about the report until three weeks later, when the alleged victim went to police.
The delay had raised questions about how much university and athletic officials knew before the police report was filed and how effective a criminal investigation would be.
Universities are not required by law to report sexual-assault allegations to law enforcement officials.