Oklahoma University’s Former President Cuts All Ties With the School
David Boren, the former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, served as the university’s president for 24 years. He is currently being investigated by the Jones Day Law Firm for sexually harassing a former OU student, Jess Eddy. Eddy alleged Boren of inappropriate touching and kissing while he was working as a teaching aide.
“David Boren no longer has any relationship going forward with the University as a result of his resignation,” Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes, chairman of the OU Board of Regents, said. “We have worked very hard to bring to a close the Title IX issue between David Boren and the University of Oklahoma while respecting those individuals involved who desire to maintain their privacy.”
By submitting the resignation, Boren has given up his political science teaching position, his president emeritus title and his four free tickets to home football games, according to The OU Daily. He will also lose access to his campus office, parking space, teaching assistant and administrative assistant.
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During Boren’s tenure, the university submitted false data on alumni giving to the U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Last month, U.S. News stripped the university of its past rankings.
Former University of Oklahoma president Jim Gallogly, who announced his plans to retire last month after serving the office for less than a year, was the first to uncover the misreporting of the data.
Earlier this month, a former student filed a lawsuit in a District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma against the university and its Board of Regents for breaking contract by inflating data to U.S. News.
According to the lawsuit, the university indulged in unjust enrichment and deceptive and unfair business practices. The plaintiff wants the suit to be certified as a class action and is seeking compensatory, consequential, and punitive damages.