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Emails: Mason Tried to Meet With Regents

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- New records show that University of Iowa President, Sally Mason, tried to reach out to the Iowa Board of Regents after sexual assault concerns were raised on campus.

Emails requested by the Gazette in Cedar Rapids show after students first stages protests, Mason's staff sent an email to the board to provide background on the issue.

Last week, the regents criticized Mason's communication with them on the protests. It was during that meeting that Mason said she tried to meet with the board, but meetings were repeatedly cancelled on the board's end.

"In December, in meetings with (Katie) Mulholland and (Bruce) Rastedder, we agreed that we would have regular, monthly meetings and unfortunately those have not happened," Mason said. "It's been a bit of frustration, I understand people's schedules and that they're very busy, but, I hoped that would additionally improve communications."

Mason also revealed last week that she had been assaulted when she was in college. She also apologized for her comment that sexual assault was a part of human nature and that ending it is not a realistic possibility.
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