The University of Missouri Board of Curators agreed with system president Tim Wolfe and voted Wednesday night, after their regularly scheduled meeting, to hire independent legal counsel to investigate how the university handled the alleged rape of MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey.  The board must next seek and hire a firm to conduct the investigation. The counsel will reconvene on the subject again, no later than April 11 at the curators’ next meeting in Rolla.

Board Chairman Don Downing released a statement following the meeting.

“Ms. Courey’s story is very tragic and sad, and our sympathy and prayers are with her family, friends and teammates. The board wants to take an independent look at what happened here. Separately, our chancellors are promptly reviewing their campus policies and procedures concerning the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults and availability of mental health services, and President Wolfe has rightly committed to devoting additional resources to the extent those policies and procedures are found to be lacking.  We need to do all we can do to address these issues at the University of Missouri, and provide appropriate assistance to those who are victimized.”