David Boren, one of the most influential people in the history of the University of Oklahoma and the Big 12 Conference, has given up his emeritus status at the university. Boren faces sexual misconduct allegations from six men, one of whom has publicly come forward.
The Oklahomanfirst reported that the school was investigating allegations against the longtime OU president back in February. It came less than a year after he stepped down from the position, after over 23 years at the school.
Now, he has officially cut ties with the school entirely. Boren had taken on a teaching role in the political science department, which he will no longer have, and gives up everything from his assistants, to his parking space and office on campus, to even his free football tickets to home games.
Per Boren's attorney, he volunteered to step down from the emeritus post. From The Oklahoman:
"It's as complete a separation as you can get," OU Regent Gary Pierson said. "We cannot erase history so he will always be a former president of the university. But he won't have any right, title or interest in the university going forward."
Boren, 78, continues to deny wrongdoing. The resignation is effective immediately.
"President Boren felt that it's best for the university right now to step away," his attorney, Clark Brewster, said.
Boren volunteered to leave to do anything he can to stop the controversy and finger-pointing and to make sure the university proceeds in a positive way, the attorney said.
David Boren, who is also a former governor and U.S. senator, faces allegations from six men, including at least one former teaching assistant.
Per the article, the resignation helps close the school's Title IX investigation into Boren, but he still faces a criminal investigation stemming from the allegations.
The school says that Boren's name will not be stripped from the spots on campus where it is used, but that may change pending the findings of the criminal investigation.
Jess Eddy, the one public accuser, says that the former OU president "kissed him on the cheek and neck and grabbed his buttocks during prolonged hugs," per an interview with the Jones Day law firm in March.