University of Idaho Athletic Director placed on leave


President Chuck Staben calls today a challenging day.

But he says this needs to be done in order to understand what went wrong, and how to prevent the mistakes from happening in the future.

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear has been put on administrative leave for sixty days.

According to President Chuck Staben it's to look into reports that the athletic department didn't handle sexual assault complaints in 2012 and 2013 as they should have.

President Staben said, “this is just a move that we feel we need to make to ensure that the community has confidence that we are transparent and we are doing what we are supposed to be doing."

Senators from the Associated Students of University of Idaho drafted a resolution asking for the resignation or removal of spear.

Kenzie MacDonald ASUI President said, "I think it's a great step I don't know about the senate the senate might feel differently but I feel very satisfied. I think it shows presidents Staben's commitment to creating a safe campus and creates room for there to be a very objective and thorough conversation. "

The university plans to bring in an external investigator and consultant to understand the situation and make improvements.

They have not decided upon an external agency yet but say they've made progress with their internal review by creating a task force.

Staben told us that, " Dean of Students Blaine Eckles will be co-chairing a task force on student welfare and security."

The task force will be made up of faculty, students and others will begin meeting later in the semester to do most of its work in the fall.

The senate will vote tomorrow night and present their recommendation to the president as the voice of the student body. Ultimately, it will be up to President Staben to decide whether or not Athletic Director Spear will stay employed or be fired after the investigation is finished.

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