Regents Will Review Handling of Assault Allegations

From Minnesota Alumni Magazine Summer 2017

A committee appointed by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is reviewing how the U handled allegations of sexual assault against Gopher football players late last year. The allegations triggered a federally mandated Title IX investigation that resulted in the suspension of 10 players in the weeks prior to the Holiday Bowl game on December 27. In February, after completing the appeals process, four of the accused students were cleared. Four were expelled from the University, a fifth was suspended for a year, and one expulsion was reduced to a one-year suspension. No criminal charges were filed against the players relating to the alleged sexual assault.

Board of Regents Chair Dean Johnson appointed Regents Thomas Anderson (B.S. ’80), Peggy Lucas (B.A. ’64, M.S.W. ’78), and Steve Sviggum to the review committee. In addition, former federal prosecutor John Marti and labor law specialist Jillian Kornblatt (J.D. ’10) of Dorsey and Whitney law firm in Minneapolis will serve on the committee. “We believe it is good governance to review recent circumstances and to determine how we can improve processes for the betterment of our students,” Johnson says.

The University’s Office of the General Counsel will conduct the review, with the University’s Chief Auditor providing guidance as needed.

No timeline has been established for releasing the report to the public.


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