This past Saturday, after Iowa knocked off Iowa State on the road, some kind of incident occurred between the Hawkeyes’ marching band and fans of the Cyclones. Iowa initially opened an investigation into the matter, but later closed it and issued a joint statement with Iowa State regarding sportsmanship moving forward.
In response, a few members of Iowa’s marching band took to Facebook to express their dissatisfaction with the school’s handling of the matter. The posts, which went viral on Friday, alleged that members of Iowa’s band were subject to physical and sexual abuse while they were trying to board their bus. It was also alleged that one member of the band suffered broken ribs during the incident.
Now, it appears that Iowa is reopening its investigation into the matter.
“The communication on social media made it clear we had not shared enough information with our students about the steps the university has taken to address the concerns raised by members of our marching band,” UI spokeswoman Jeneane Beck told The Gazette in an email Friday.
“Student safety is our number one priority and we are committed to ensuring a safe experience on game day for our students,” she said. “Additionally we are continuing our investigation to ensure all of our students have the ability to share their experiences with the appropriate authorities.”
It’s unclear exactly how Iowa will continue to investigate the matter, but clearly, the school has changed its tone after its students spoke out.
The Cyclones will visit the Hawkeyes next year on September 12.