Carter Williams Logan, UT -- An independent investigator hired by Utah State University found the university's piano program failed to follow up on accusations of sexual misconduct and discriminating against women, according to an 18-page report released Friday.It also offered six suggestions for the university moving forward, from terminating staff, to making adjustments to the university and the Title IX office.
The staff member's name was redacted due to privacy regulations.
Cockett explained that since it was not a criminal investigation, the university was limited in what they could release, but added the staff member "was barred from further employment at Utah State University."In addition, the report suggested punishment for professor Dennis Hirst, who was serving as interim head of the program, for enabling or ignoring Amano's discriminatory acts.
Cockett said Hirst was removed from his position as piano program coordinator and the university is pursuing sanctions against him.
The report also recommended changes to grading processes to eliminate gender discrimination and changes for faculty behavior toward students, suggesting the university's Caine College of the Arts develop standards to "ensure students are properly challenged and held to rigorous standards, but without humiliation or reticule from faculty."Many of those changes were implemented within the past year, Cockett said.
The university also changed how scholarships are awarded, where scholarships are recommended by a committee before they are awarded by a department head.