REPORT: U of M Athletics Official Violated Sexual Harassment Policy

May 11, 2017 08:16 PM

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents held an emergency meeting Thursday morning regarding a sexual harassment investigation of a top fundraiser in the university's athletics office who violated the school's policy.

Board Of Regents Chair Dean Johnson announced the board is launching an investigation into the source of KSTP's report on the sexual harassment investigation. The board is asking each of its 12 members, as well as university employees who had access to the information, to sign affidavits that they did not share it.

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Randy Handel, the associate athletic director of development, was investigated by the University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) and was found to have sexually harassed an employee in the athletic department, according to an email sent to the Board of Regents Wednesday night. 

A regent provided the contents of the email with reporters on the condition of anonymity.
 
The email reads in part, "In a preliminary report issued on May 3, the EOAA found Handel's conduct towards (the victim) violated the University's sexual harassment policy."
 
Handel was put on paid leave Tuesday, according to a university spokesperson. Attempts to reach Handel for comment were unsuccessful.
 
Handel was hired by the university in 2010 after previously working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
In 2012, he was tapped by now-former Athletic Director Norwood Teague to lead fundraising efforts.
 
Teague resigned in 2015 after his own sexual harassment scandal led to an independent investigation of inappropriate behavior within the department.
 
Athletic Director Mark Coyle declined to comment on the investigation and deferred all questions to the board, when KSTP approached him as the regents meeting let out for lunch on campus Thursday. 
 
Follow KSTP.com for updates to this story.

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