Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Oh boy. Looks like this is just going to keep getting worse for Bobby Petrino.  The good folks over at ArkansasSports360.com have gotten a hold of the Universithttp://www.thevictoryformation.com/2012/04/06/bobby-petrino-may-have-violated-arkansas-policy-on-sexual-harassment/?preview=truey of Arkansas’ Handbook, and immediately went diving into the section that deals with sexual harassment.  The Arkansas handbook has pretty specific guidelines about sexual harassment, and Bobby Petrino may be in for a bit more than an administrative leave.

It seems that any relationship between a student and faculty (duh) or a supervisor and one of their employees (also… duh) could fall under the category of sexual harassment.  A direct quote from the handbook:

“Consensual Relationships

Consensual sexual relationships between faculty and their students or between supervisors and their employees in some instances may result in charges of sexual harassment.

Consensual relationships may lead other faculty and students or supervisors and coworkers to question the validity of grades, evaluations, and other interactions between the people involved in such a relationship. The integrity of the work of both people in the relationship may be compromised.

University faculty, administrators, and other supervisory staff should be aware that any sexual involvement with their students or employees could subject them to formal action if a sexual harassment complaint is subsequently made and substantiated, and that they bear the greater burden of responsibility should it be proven that the power differential between them made the relationship other than fully consensual. Even when both parties have consented to a relationship, it is the faculty member, administrator, or supervisor who may be held accountable for unprofessional behavior. Other students or employees may allege that the relationship creates a hostile or abusive environment affecting them. Graduate assistants, residence hall staff, tutors, and undergraduate course assistants who are professionally responsible for students will be held to the same standards of accountability as faculty in their relationships with students whom they instruct or evaluate.

When a consensual relationship exists between a student and a faculty member who has control over the student’s academic work or status or between an employee and his or her supervisor, the resulting conflict of interest should be addressed in accordance with university policies concerning conflict of interest.”

Although Petrino’s moderately ridiculous “letter of apology” did not include details about who he has been having a relationship with, he did mention Jessica Dorrell by name in the apology.  So by his own hand, Petrino may have given the AD enough fodder to call for more serious disciplinary action, or even dismissal.

But even if he is found not to have violated the sexual harassment clause of the Arkansas Handbook, Petrino may still be in hot water due to the “morality clause” in his own contract with the school.

This is just going to keep sliding downhill for Petrino and the University.  I’ll bet he wishes he’d taken the bus.

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