U of M Hires Attorneys to Investigate Football Sexual Assault Allegations Response

May 04, 2017 06:58 PM

Two outside attorneys will investigate the University of Minnesota's response to sexual assault allegations made against Gophers football players last fall.

The attorneys were hired Thursday morning at a special meeting of the Board of Regents Oversight Committee.

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Both John Marti, a former federal prosecutor, and Jillian Kornblatt, who specializes in employment litigation and advice, come from Minneapolis-based law firm Dorsey and Whitney.

"For this review to have credibility, we must be - and we are - committed to transparency," Marti told committee members during the meeting.

The attorneys said they expect to turn over their findings within the next two months.

From there, the committee is tasked with evaluating whether the university followed its own policies. And if anything can be done to improve the system moving forward.

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"We're here to find ways to do things better," Regent Tom Anderson said. "I mean, that's the essence of why we're here."

After the initial sexual misconduct allegations were made last September, 10 football players were suspended.

Five were ultimately cleared of wrongdoing. The other five were disciplined by the school, though no criminal charges were filed.

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A university spokesperson said there's no timetable for when the oversight committee's final report will be made public.

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