David Boren answers investigators' questions about allegations
Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren on Friday fully and candidly answered all questions from investigators looking into allegations against him of inappropriate conduct, his attorney said.
Boren, 77, spoke for more than two hours with the investigators hired by the university, attorney Clark Brewster told The Oklahoman.
"The questions covered, essentially, the full period of his presidency. But there was nothing that he avoided in any way," Brewster said. "Full response. Candid exchange. No limitations."
After the interview, university regents announced they will have a special, closed-door meeting Tuesday with the investigators from the Jones Day law firm.
The investigators will brief the regents and OU President James Gallogly for the first time since the law firm was hired last November to conduct an investigation into "allegations of possible inappropriate conduct," according to the announcement.
Regents said they will not take any action Tuesday, and the meeting is not open to the public because it involves confidential personnel issues.
"The matter will then proceed in accordance with the university’s publicly available grievance procedures," regents said. "Out of respect for those individuals who have come forward as well as all others involved, the regents feel this investigation was the only appropriate course of action under the law and given our responsibility to the university and our state."
Brewster described the questions asked of Boren on Friday as being for the most part about any suggested inappropriate conduct at any time during his presidency. He would not go into specifics about what was asked.
- Related to this story
- Article: Boren under investigation for sexual harassment
- Article: University of Oklahoma regents to discuss investigation
- Article: Former OU president sought for interview by investigating law firm
- Article: OU issues a new statement on investigation after graduate speaks out
- Article: OSBI investigating former OU President David Boren
- Article: Boren accuser praised him to investigators hired by OU
- Article: OU regents hear findings of Boren investigation
- Article: Special counsel appointed to oversee David Boren investigation
- Article: Alleged victims demand investigation into OU Title IX office
- Article: OU pays more than $500K for Boren, financial data investigations
- Article: Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren asks for meeting with regents
- Article: University of Oklahoma regents will not meet with Boren this week
- Article: OSBI gets report on former OU President David Boren
- Article: Six witnesses told law firm about Boren encounters
- Article: Cost of two investigations at OU tops $1 million
- Article: Boren cuts ties with the University of Oklahoma
- Article: Boren says he was tempted to fight on
- Article: What will happen with Boren's statue on OU's campus?
- Video: Boren under investigation for sexual harassment
Boren has consistently denied wrongdoing since The Oklahoman first reported in February the university had launched an investigation of him.
Brewster said Boren on Friday — through his full and complete responses — gave the investigators a factual basis to conclude the accusations are frivolous and untrue.
The university for the first time in a statement March 26 confirmed the Jones Day investigation was triggered last November by "a report of alleged sexual misconduct."
OU issued the statement after a former teaching assistant, Jess Eddy, told the online news site, NonDoc, that Boren made unwanted sexual advances toward him over a two-year period. Eddy had denied anything inappropriate happened when he was first interviewed by Jones Day investigators in February.
Eddy, 29, told The Associated Press he met again with Jones Day investigators in March and provided a detailed account of his allegations against Boren.
Boren, a former governor and U.S. senator, spent nearly 24 years in charge at OU before retiring last year. He had planned to continue to teach an honors political science course at the university but did not this spring semester.
The lead investigator for Jones Day has said the focus of the inquiry is on whether Boren abused his authority by acting inappropriately towards subordinates "and maybe even students," according to a transcript of Eddy's first interview.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation also is looking into Eddy's allegations.