Statement from Indiana University East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe

October 31st, 2013

Indiana University East and Indiana University are currently reviewing recent concerns raised by former members of the IU East volleyball team regarding the head coach, who is on administrative leave.

I am personally taking this matter very seriously.  There is absolutely nothing more important to me in my role as chancellor than our students and their individual well-being. I want our students to know that those here – faculty, staff and administrators – care deeply about their experience whether in the classroom or through extracurricular activities. We pride ourselves on a student-centered culture at IU East, and any time there are concerns raised by students, we take them seriously and review them carefully.

It is also my responsibility to assure that this review process is fair, comprehensive, complete, and expeditious.  The process, which began earlier this week on Monday, is led by the IU Office of Affirmative Action and the IU East Offices of Affirmative Action and Human Resources.  Professional staff from these offices are meeting individually with all players and coaches this week.  Once the review process concludes, the university will comment further as appropriate.

Please continue to support our student-athletes.  We are all proud of Interim Coach Abby Niekamp and the members of the volleyball team, and we wish them the best in their upcoming matches.

Kathryn Cruz-Uribe
Chancellor

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