University of Kansas

KU assures donors money not being misused

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —In a mass e-mail, the University of Kansas has reassured thousands of its biggest donors that their contributions have not been misused or stolen.

The school announced last week that it has commissioned an independent investigation into possible wrongdoing in the ticket office and the Williams Educational Fund.

The Williams Fund, the money-raising arm of the athletic department, brought in about $15 million last year to pay for scholarships and other expenses for Kansas' roughly 500 athletes.

Rodney Jones, the assistant athletic director in charge of the Williams Fund, has been placed on administrative leave. The e-mail also assured the donors that their money will not be used to pay for the investigation.