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University of Iowa President Criticized for Sexual Assault Comment

The University of Iowa’s president’s statement that ending sexual assault was probably unrealistic “just given human nature and that’s unfortunate”—ignited a firestorm. Mason quickly apologized and held a student forum on the issue, but she was still chastised by the university’s governing board and directed to improve communication with its members.

Mason’s predicament illustrates the tremendous pressure facing administrators—from well-organized student activists, boards concerned about campus safety and an increasingly active federal government—to do more to stop what the White House calls a public health epidemic.