Board of Regents Sign Affidavit Regarding Sexual Harassment Report

May 12, 2017 12:08 PM

The entire Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota signed sworn affidavits Thursday stating they did not provide information about a sexual harassment investigation against the school’s top athletics’ fundraiser.

Board Chair Dean Johnson asked the regents to sign the affidavits a day after KSTP reported that Randy Handel, Associate Director of Development, violated the university’s sexual harassment policy.

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Handel was investigated by the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) after an employee filed a complaint.

RELATED: Board of Regents Launches Investigation into Source of KSTP's Report

The board was informed of the investigation in an email from university officials Wednesday night.

A regent provided KSTP with details of the email on the condition of anonymity.

Regent Patricia Simmons said Thursday she signed the affidavit because, “There was an allegation that a regent had given information out — that we shouldn't give out — we therefore have a tremendous obligation to look at our own behavior.”

The board plans to launch an internal investigation into the release of the information.

Johnson has called on KSTP to publicly name its source.

KSTP-TV regularly relies on sources, including confidential sources, in our newsgathering and reporting. Consistent with First Amendment principles and federal and state law, KSTP-TV protects the identity of its confidential sources to the fullest extent of the law.

RELATED: REPORT: U of M Athletics Official Violated Sexual Harassment Policy

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