Report: Sexual harassment allegations in the U of M athletic department

University of Minnesota investigation

MINNEAPOLIS - More allegations at the University of Minnesota.

"We do not subscribe to any kind of sexual harassment at any level, at this University," said U of M Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson.

But, the U's Board is having to address it again.

According to KSTP, a high-ranking official in the U of M's athletic department is being investigated for violating the school's sexual harassment policy.

"Training has taken place, seminars have been given," Johnson said. "People have been asked to be responsible at all levels. And, so there's a situation that needs to be clarified and dealt with."

This isn't the first time the U has had to deal with something like this.

Just two years ago, Norwood Teague, who was the Gophers AD at the time, made an apology when he resigned over reports he sexually harassed two female U employees.

"I behaved badly towards nice people and sent truly inappropriate texts," Teague said. "I'm embarrassed and I apologize to everyone involved."

Ten months later, after a national search, Mark Coyle was hired to clean up the U's athletic department, as the school's new AD.

"I believe Director Coyle and his staff have done an excellent job of trying to - if you will - change the culture within the University of Minnesota Department of Athletics," Johnson said. "I'd say to Gopher fans, be patient with us. We have wonderful athletes, we have great coaches, great fans."

The University is also conducting an investigation into who leaked the information to the media. It was said to be a Board member. Johnson said all 12 Board members are going to be called on to sign affidavits saying it wasn't them.

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