FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(TOPEKA) – Today Board of Regents’ Chair Jill Docking, of Wichita, issued the following statement regarding the release of a report produced by the Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin LLP which investigated the tickets operation of the University of Kansas (KU) Athletics Department:
“This report reveals a shocking catalogue of unethical behavior that reflects negatively upon the University of Kansas and its Athletics Department. Having just received the report today, we want to review it thoroughly and carefully before providing any comment regarding its contents. In addition, because we understand that the conduct outlined in this report is the subject of an on-going criminal investigation, we want to be cautious in how we comment about this matter at this point in the process.”
“Our role as KU’s governing board is to demand accountability from the Chancellor and to ensure that the University immediately remedies these issues within the Athletics Department, assuring Kansans that this type of deception will not happen again. Even the slightest hint of unethical behavior surrounding the athletics program hurts the student athletes, the Department’s honest personnel, and loyal and supportive KU alumni. We have confidence that Chancellor Gray-Little will restore the integrity of the Department.”
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