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UI mired in another sex scandal
Yet another sex-related impropriety has surfaced at the University of Iowa. However the most recent one does not involve a student-athlete, rather a tenured political science professor.
Arthur H. Miller, 66, has been accused of demanding sexual favors from students in exchange for better grades the Press-Citizen reported. He was arrested on four counts of bribery, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and was released from jail early Saturday.
The complaints allege that Miller demanded four female students perform sexual favors, such as showing their breasts or allowing him to fondle them, in exchange for better grades in his class.
Moreover, Arthur was put on administrative leave while the UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEDD) continues to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct filed by the four students.
Upon receiving the initial complaint in May, OEOD immediately instructed Miller to have no contact with students while the investigation was ongoing. Miller does not teach summer sessions but will be placed on paid administrative leave effective the first day of the fall 2008 semester pursuant to university policy.
“Our primary focus right now is on ensuring the safety and security of our students and fully investigating these allegations, which we consider very serious,” UI Associate Provost Susan Johnson said in a statement.
The UI Department of Public Safety launched a separate investigation in mid-May and subsequently turned over its findings to the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, which prompted Arthurâ€™s arrest last week.
Miller, who has been a faculty member at the UI since 1985, is best known for creating the Heartland Poll in 1988, a unique political opinion poll to gather data from seven Midwestern states during election years. The poll is conducted in election years by the Iowa Social Science Institute, which Miller directs.
News of the allegations came on the heels of the arrests in May and June of two Iowa Hawkeye football players accused of sexually assaulting another student-athlete. The UIâ€™s handling of the case has come under fire by the Board of Regents and Gov. Chet Culver.