Washington State University Officials respond to Gesser allegations
PULLMAN, WA- The AP reports that Washington State University employee and former star quarterback Jason Gesser has been placed on home assignment following a new complaint of sexual misconduct. School president Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun say Gesser will work from home pending an investigation of the allegations.
On Monday, President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics, Pat Chun, issued a statement regarding the accusation:
“Earlier today, the Washington State University Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) received an accusation of sexual misconduct against Jason Gesser, an employee of the WSU Athletics Department. This is the first time that an individual who was directly involved in an alleged incident of sexual misconduct has filed a formal complaint with OEO against Mr. Gesser.
‘This is new information and a different set of events than previously reported,” said Kimberly Anderson, Executive Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity. ‘In accordance with standard WSU practice and in consultation with relevant University officials, Mr. Gesser was placed on home assignment pending a full investigation of the allegations.’
Washington State University carefully examines all allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and discrimination and provides both parties with the full opportunity to present information. If individuals have any information regarding allegations of misconduct by WSU employees, they should call the Office for Equal Opportunity at 509-335-8288 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
In a Letter to the Editor to the Daily Evergreen, WSU'S school newspaper, Gesser said the allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment are not true.
The Daily Evergreen published a story Thursday, citing documents of complaints obtained through a public records request from the inquiry launched by the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Internal Audits in January 2018.
Gesser said those complaints stemmed from rumours and unfounded accusations.
He also wrote, "The only thing I care about more deeply than WSU is my family and integrity." You can read Gesser's full letter here.