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OU regents hear findings of Boren investigation

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University of Oklahoma graduate and former employee, Jess Eddy,(left), standing with community advocate Sara Bana as the OU Board of Regents met in executive session on Tuesday. Eddy has accused retired OU President David Boren of sexual battery. [Adam Kemp/The Oklahoman]
University of Oklahoma graduate and former employee, Jess Eddy,(left), standing with community advocate Sara Bana as the OU Board of Regents met in executive session on Tuesday. Eddy has accused retired OU President David Boren of sexual battery. [Adam Kemp/The Oklahoman]

University of Oklahoma regents spent more than six hours on Tuesday hearing the findings of an investigation into former President David Boren.

Those findings were not released.

“We have said from the beginning when multiple individuals alleged inappropriate conduct that we wanted an independent investigation to provide us the facts,” OU Regents Chairman Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes said after the meeting.

“We are satisfied the investigation by Jones Day was thorough, fair, nonbiased and objective. This is a serious matter, and we will carefully consider what we learned today, and we will respond in a timely and prompt manner in accordance with the university’s existing policies and procedures.”

The OU Board of Regents hired Jones Day, a law firm, to investigate allegations against Boren of sexual misconduct.

Rainbolt-Forbes declined to answer questions after the meeting, say whether the investigation was over or describe what the board’s response might be.

OU President James Gallogly was also briefed on the findings during the special meeting.

While the board met, OU graduate Jess Eddy spoke to reporters.

Eddy, 29, has accused Boren of sexual battery. He alleges Boren made unwanted sexual advances toward him over a two-year period, the first time in 2010 in a hotel room in Houston. Eddy had been a teaching assistant for Boren at OU.

Boren, 77, the former Oklahoma governor and United States senator, denies the accusations.

Eddy handed out to the media Tuesday copies of a redacted document summarizing another person's recollection of his discussions at work at OU about Boren, an "inner circle" and inappropriate behavior.

The document is dated Nov. 8, 2018.

Jones Day began its investigation last November after the unidentified person reported Eddy's allegations to OU's Title IX office.

Eddy said he was concerned to learn that Clark Brewster, an attorney for Boren, was given this document without Eddy’s consent or notification.

“I have great concerns about the integrity of the Title IX office and the legal counsel,” Eddy said.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has launched its own investigation into the allegations against Boren and a former OU vice president, Tripp Hall.

Eddy said he has full confidence in the OSBI.

“I have no confidence in Jones Day or the university,” Eddy said.

Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is the Higher Education reporter for The Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State Football... Read more ›

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