The University of Oklahoma is paying the largest law firm in the United States to investigate former President David Boren.
Jones Day Law Firm has asked if David Boren sexually harassed male aides.
The OU Board of Regents authorized the ongoing investigation into allegations of serious misconduct.
Lauren Brookey, OU Vice President of Marketing and Communications said, “The University of Oklahoma received allegations of serious misconduct that it was legally obligated to investigate,” and that “appropriate individuals will have an opportunity to be interviewed during the investigation.”
Boren has denied any misconduct and his attorney referred to this investigation as a fishing expedition, claiming that Boren has been a public servant for more than 50 years and whose life is an open book.
The university is paying the law firm around $85,0000 in respect to this ongoing investigation, said Brookey. OU has also paid close to another $200,000 for other investigations involving OU administration.
OU Regents Chair Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes said, “This is a sensitive situation that we are still seeking to fully understand.” Also saying that while they are not rushing to any judgment they will, “Absolutely and aggressively do the right thing.”
Jones Day has not yet agreed to meet with Boren and his attorney, and we are currently unaware of just where these allegations came from. OU Nightly reached out to Brookey earlier this afternoon and has yet to receive a response.
Many students on campus are not aware of the sexual assault allegations against Boren, but those that are familiar with the news shared their thoughts with us.
“Personally for me they were pretty surprising, umm but I think we have to advocate for due process before we go and tarnish his character,” says OU freshmanJustin Vakulick. “I personally disagree with a lot of his politics and how he ran the university.”
“I think it’s sad that this is coming out about somebody who has such a big presence on campus, or used to at least,” says sophomore Abby Phillips.
The investigation is still ongoing and OU Nightly will keep you updated on this developing story.