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N4T Investigators: U of A charges

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Last month, Wildcats' running back Orlando Bradford was charged with domestic violence and kidnapping.

A lot of people applauded the decision to immediately remove him from the team, but that sparked others to notice former U of A College of Pharmacy Dean Jesse Bootman is still being paid by the university, while being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home last October. He's facing felony counts of sexual assault, administering a date rape drug and kidnapping. Bootman is on paid administrative leave collecting his annual salary of $253,000. 

The News 4 Tucson Investigators reached out to university officials to find out what separates Bootman's case from Bradford's. Representatives tell us they can't comment about on-going investigations, but they do say that everyone at the university must abide by a similar code of conduct. However the way a violation of that code is handled is based on who committed the offense.

We obtained a blank copy of an agreement similar to what Bootman would have signed prior to his employment at the university.

By signing the letter the employee agrees to abide by the rules set forth in the Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual, in addition to the conditions of faculty service and chapter 3 of the university handbook for appointed personnel.

In accordance with the conditions of faculty service, Bootman was placed on paid administrative leave, as his presence on campus was deemed to create a substantial interference with orderly functioning in the college of pharmacy. That's not necessarily viewed as disciplinary, and is taken to avoid potential distractions regarding university business.

That means Bootman could still face punishment, either as result of an internal investigation or his on-going court proceedings. The conditions of faculty service states that faculty members shall not be dismissed or suspended without just cause.

The decision to remove Orlando Bradford from the team was made based on the football program's policies. There's a zero tolerance policy when it comes to matters such as serious assault accusations and drugs. According to the university's media relations department, Bradford is still currently enrolled as a student. He could, however, face further disciplinary action.

In cases like his and Bootman's, the University of Arizona has the authority to act on them without waiting for trials to play out, but only when there is sufficient evidence that university policy has been breached. That applies for both students and administrators.

The biggest difference in the cases of Bradford and Bootman is that one's a student and the other an administrator. Neither has yet to be punished under the school's code of conduct. If you have a story you'd like us to investigate, email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444.

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