University of Iowa Expels Student for Sexual Misconduct

The University of Iowa has taken the unusual step of expelling a student for sexual misconduct, weeks after the school president announced a zero-tolerance stance toward assault.

The university said Friday the student was expelled for a “pattern of predatory behavior” that included incidents of forcible fondling and sodomy.

President Sally Mason unveiled a plan to combat sexual assault in February, which included expelling the most serious offenders. The change came amid protests following Mason’s remark that sexual assault probably couldn’t be eliminated because of “human nature.”

The dean of students said in February he wasn’t aware of a single case in which a student was expelled for sexual misconduct in recent years. He said that 12 suspensions in recent years were related to sexual assault or domestic violence.