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ERIC Number: EJ815432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In Scandals, Damage Control Is Elusive
Sander, Libby
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n7 pA4 Oct 2008
This article reports on the situation unfolding at the University of Iowa which is all too familiar: Two athletes are accused of rape. The university botches its response. Heads roll. Few things make university presidents and their top aides more nervous than an athlete accused of sexual assault. Most colleges welcome the exposure that a big-time sports program brings, so long as the news is favorable. But exposure can bring high-stakes scrutiny. Why do major universities--with their reams of policies and procedures and crisis-communications consultants--still grapple so mightily for the appropriate response when allegations involving athletes arise? Some higher-education experts say the bureaucracy of a large institution just can't react fast enough. Others contend that a lack of planning leaves room for miscommunication. The experts agree, however, that colleges need to treat athlete-centered scandals with the same urgency they would natural disasters or security breaches. Sex and sports have always been a combustible duo, prone to melting down even the most thorough crisis strategies. Once a governing board gets involved, as the Iowa Board of Regents did, the chances of a story's exiting gracefully, stage left, are nil.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa