Regents complete selection for independent panel

Updated: February 16, 2004, 1:54 PM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- University of Colorado regents chose six people Monday to round out an independent committee investigating whether the football program uses sex and alcohol to land recruits.

The new selections included two women and four men: Former Broomfield judge Jacqueline St. Joan, Denver Bishop Philip Porter, former Colorado Supreme Court Justices Lou Rovira and Jean Dubofsky, attorney David Powell and former FBI employee Kenneth Vardell.

The commission is co-chaired by two former lawmakers, Joyce Lawrence and Peggy Lamm. The committee hasn't yet set its first meeting.

"You have a tough job coming up," regents Chairman Peter Steinhauer told Lawrence and Lamm.

University President Elizabeth Hoffman said she was pleased with the panel's diversity.

The panel must report its findings by April 30 on whether "sex and alcohol are used as recruiting tools." Asked about the deadline, Lawrence said it made her a bit nervous.

"Anyone who volunteers for this has to be ready to drop everything and spend a lot of time on this," she said after the meeting.

The university has been sued by three women who say they were raped at or just after a December 2001 recruiting party for football athletes. Hoffman has said she is willing to meet with the women to discuss changes in CU's policies.

Boulder County District Attorney Mary Keenan has suggested the school uses sex and alcohol to entice recruits to Boulder, a claim university officials have denied.

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