Sen. Tom Harkin will not to give Iowa State University his congressional papers, the Ames Tribune reported.
In a letter to university President Steven Leath, Harkin said that proposals to restrict research at the institute have damaged it “to such an extent that it would never be able to flourish at Iowa State.”
In a press release, Leath said he was disappointed in the decision and added "the criticism that my Jan. 2, 2013 guideline for research conducted by the Harkin Institute violates principles of academic freedom is completely unfounded and false."
If the institute stays intact, it will no longer bear Harkin’s name, Leath told the Tribune. “It will either cease to exist or we will continue to build it into a great public policy center but named differently,” Leath said.
Click here to read more about the dispute between the Harkin Institute’s advisory board and the Board of Regents.