Field hockey players: UI leaders ‘shut us down’

Four student athletes from the University of Iowa field hockey team filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging the university has discriminated against women in its treatment of coaches and student athletes. They said they feel they've been patronized by UI administrators who were dismissive of current players' perspectives after athletic department leaders took so seriously allegations of mistreatment by former players that they fired coach Tracey Griesbaum.

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Universities paid at least $1.16 million in settlements

Since 2011, Iowa's state universities have paid at least $1.16 million in secret settlements to employees and students. The schools spent an additional $1.17 million in settlements that didn't include confidentiality clauses but are not believed to have been made public at an open meeting of any government body.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: May 1, 2014

University of Iowa research funding: Debating disclosure

More than 70 UI physicians are expected to generate some of their salary through research funding, much of which comes from pharmaceutical companies. Most of UI’s physicians who receive research funding also are faculty members who are paid to teach and see patients. The UI doesn’t maintain a public database of the funding, though some experts and doctors say there is value in doing so. In 2012 alone, UI was paid nearly $53 million by private businesses to perform research.

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

Posted on: June 17, 2013

Johnson County officials want to revise spillway policies, but study unfunded

Since 2010, the Army Corps of Engineers has been trying to fund a study that could change protocols for how much water is released from Coralville Lake, which might prevent floods like the 2008 flood that caused more than $1 bilion in damages to Iowa City and Coralville. But the study would cost $4.7 million — a hefty price tag in a time of federal budget cuts — and has failed to gain support from President Barack Obama or Congress.

Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Shooter’s gun permit opposed by U of I

Records from 2010 show the University of Iowa recommended authorities withhold a gun permit from the graduate student who shot three North Liberty officers Sunday. The student, Taleb Hussein Yousef Salameh, died at the scene.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: March 12, 2013

UI reviews hire of Ferentz’s future son-in-law

The Gazette reports on the hiring of Coach Kirk Ferentz's future son-in-law, Tyler Barnes, as an administrative assistant for football. The UI Athletics Department has a history of hiring family members. Usually a conflict-of-interest review is conducted. None has been conducted yet for Barnes.

Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Posted on: March 7, 2013