Idaho AD fired after investigation of sexual assault complaints
By admin - 2019-01-11 03:46:43

University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear was fired on Thursday by the state’s Board of Education following an inquiry into how the school handled a number of sexual assault and harassment complaints.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Spear was placed on paid administrative leave on April 3 while the university’s independent investigators looked into allegations that he did not properly address complaints by two former female athletes at the school. One athlete said she was touched inappropriately by a former Idaho football player in 2012 and 2013, the report states. The investigation reportedly found that Spear’s response to the complaints was “insensitive and inadequate.”

“We believe if Dr. Spear had made the same effort as his head football coach by apologizing in person and without trying to explain how the university failures caused him to respond inadequately, the university may not have to address these issues five years later,” the independent report released last month said.

The state board noted in a report of its findings deficiencies by the university in providing training and notification of policy changes that contributed to the athletic department’s mistakes in handling a sexual assault case in 2013.

“After considering this information and what’s in the university’s best interest and the students’ best interest, I move to terminate for convenience pursuant to Dr. Spear’s employment agreement with the university,” board member Emma Atchley said.

Spear will reportedly be paid for the time remaining on his contract.