MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Striking students from West Virginia University's U92 radio station announced in a press conference Monday that general manager Matthew Fouty has been suspended by the university as sexual harassment allegations are investigated.
The students say they were informed of the decision by Dean of Students Corey Farris shortly before a press conference at 2:00 p.m. outside of the Mountainlair. They were also informed that Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Kim Harrison has been named interim general manager for the time being.
In a statement Monday afternoon, the university confirmed the student's announcement that the interim general manager had been named and stated that the university has hired outside legal counsel to help complete an investigation into the claims quickly. You can read the university's full statement at the Related Link.
The students say they plan to remain on strike through the university's winter break and will make the decision whether to return to the station for the spring semester.
"It's still a temporary thing," said Jackson Montgomery, one of the students part of the strike. "There's still an investigation, they haven't reached their conclusion yet, so I guess we're just waiting to hear, but it is a step forward, I think."
"We've listened to the students and what we have to do is look into what the students have told us and we're looking at it from all different ways," Farris said.
5 News again reached out to Matt Fouty for comment, but no calls were returned.