While West Virginia University continues to investigate complaints from students who run WWVU-FM, the student radio station, the station’s general manager will not work on campus.
In a news release issued Monday afternoon, university officials said Matthew Fouty will not report to work at the station while the investigation continues. The university has also reinforced “interim measures” to limit contact between Fouty and the student employees, the release said.
Fouty previously confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he is the subject of five complaints from current and former students to the school’s Title IX office. Title IX protects students from sexual discrimination, which includes sexual assault and harassment, in education.
“West Virginia University is committed to creating an educational and workplace environment where faculty, staff and students feel welcome, safe and free to express themselves,” the release said. “However, this commitment has been questioned through the concerns raised by students working at the student-run radio station, U92.”
Kim Harrison, the assistant director of student engagement and leadership at WVU, has assumed the general manager duties effective immediately, according to the release.
Officials said the university has hired outside legal council to assist with the case, in hopes of finalizing the investigation.
Fouty will be working off-campus and will be paid during the investigation, according to the university.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said Fouty would not report to work during the investigation. A WVU spokeswoman says he will be working, just not on campus.