More than $74K Does Not Locate Source of Information Provided to KSTP, U of M Says

More than $74K Does Not Locate Source of Information Provided to KSTP, U of M Says Photo: University of Minnesota

September 14, 2017 04:35 PM

The University of Minnesota said Thursday it was unable to identify the source who provided information about a sexual harassment case to KSTP, after an independent probe that cost the school more than $74,000.

The school issued a news release saying the review, which included an examination of both email and cell phone records of members of the Board of Regents and other University personnel, as well as interviews with those who had access to the information, cost $74,400 and took around 150 hours to complete.

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REPORT: U of M Athletics Official Violated Sexual Harassment Policy

Board of Regents chair Dean Johnson also asked board members to sign affidavits a day after KSTP reported in May that Randy Handel, the school's Associate Director of Development, violated the university's sexual harassment policy.

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

The board retained attorney Don Lewis to complete the investigation into the information's source.

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Handel "created an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment" for a woman who worked in the department, investigators in the EOAA determined.

He was placed on paid leave on May 9. Gophers Athletic Director Mark Coyle said in a statement on May 25 that Handel would:

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• Receive a two-week, unpaid suspension.

• Be required to participate in sexual harassment training and in professional coaching.

• Continue to support several fundraising campaigns, but no longer have superior responsibilities.

RELATED: University Report: Top U of M Fundraiser Sexually Harassed Woman, Handel Denies 'Any Sexual Intent'

The release Thursday said the Board of Regents considers the investigation into the source of the information to now be closed.

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