In Thursday's meeting of the Board of Regents in Havre, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom told the board the school has done nothing wrong in its handling of sex assault complaints.
It's just the latest development in the wake of an email scandal that raised questions about what top administrators knew -- or did -- to investigate alleged crime on campus.
For the first time since the stories broke, Engstrom met face to face with the Board of Regents. NBC Montana was there for the meeting today in Havre.
Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian put questions about the university's emails and policies for investigating sex crimes at the top of the agenda.
The school has been under fire after the Missoulian released emails from top school administrators' accounts. Some are questioning whether complaints were buried, but that's not the way Engstrom sees it.
"You and I and the public expect action to be taken when someone conducts a sexual assault," Engstrom told the board. "That action needs to be taken through due process. We have those processes in place they function and we take action as a result of them."
But the Board of Regents wants this crisis solved, the sooner, the better. In a packed meeting room the state's top univeristy leaders made one priority clear -- transparency.
The public has a right to know just how the University of Montana's top administration handled alleged sex assaults.
Just last week a series of emails from top UM adminstrators, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, raised questions about what school officials knew and how it those allegations were handled.
"We want to inform the public soon of their full access to these emails so there won't be our eyes only. We want the public to see these as well," said board member Pat Williams.
In one email, UM Vice President Jim Foley questioned whether a student who claimed she was raped was in violation of the University Code of Conduct by speaking publicly about how the school was handling her report.
"The members of this board have been and continue to be deeply troubled and concerned about the news reports and emails concerning the University of Montana," board chair Angela McLean said.
In items that came with the emails were remarks made by then-Athletic Director Jim O'Day to Engstrom, indicating former football coach Robin Pflugrad knew about and disciplined players reportedly involved in an attack, but did not report it to his supervisor.
Vice chair Todd Buchanan said, "The tenure of some of the comments from the public has changed and become, to me, a little less about the issue. It's more about how we are conducting ourselves managing the issue, and that, to me is of real importance."
"We're a public institution so what extent the public wants to see any of what we do we're an open book to that and we'll provide that information and make it available," said Clayton Christian, the commissioner of higher education.
Board members say they are working to restore the public's trust in the university and get to the bottom of the issue.
Engstrom updated the board on what happened with 11 sex assault complaints made to UM.
Three cases were dismissed, two alleged victims chose to not report and one possible perpetrator fled the country. Four other cases resulted in eight sanctions -- seven students were expelled, one is appealing.
Engstrom told regents the school is cooperating fully with two federal investigations, one by the Justice Department and the other by the Department of Education.
NBC Montana sat down with Engstrom Wednesday to discuss the investigations and the upcoming Board of Regents meeting. To see the complete interview click here.