President Kaler addresses U investigation

U of M President addresses investigation

MINNEAPOLIS - A University of Minnesota employee who is accused of sexual harassment is on paid administrative leave as the university tries to figure out what exactly happened.
 
"These are private personnel matters. We're really not able to talk about the particulars of them until the situation is resolved," said Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota President.
 
Which, Kaler adds, will be a few days or weeks, not months.
 
So, what about the U of M Board of Regents decision to investigate who may have leaked this confidential information? Why is that important? Partially because, the U says, it wants to protect itself.
 
"I think anytime you have a leak of personal personnel information there's a potential for litigation," said Kaler.
 
Still, it's another claim within the U's athletic department, one that was rocked by sexual harassment two years ago forcing athletic director Norwood Teague to resign because of his behavior. Last May, Mark Coyle took over as the new Athletic Director.
 
"I'm extremely pleased with Mark's progress. I think he's bringing in the right kind of leadership. I think PJ Fleck is an example of a transformational leader for our football program. Richard Pitino has made great strides. So, I'm very happy with where the program is," said Kaler.
 
The U confirmed that all 12 board members did sign that affidavit saying - they did not leak this information. The Board did meet again today in another closed door setting.

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