Minnesota Athletic Director Quits Over Harassment

August 10, 2015

The University of Minnesota's athletic director, Norwood Teague, resigned Friday after two university employees filed sexual harassment complaints against him. The harassment, which included inappropriate text messages, occurred during a university-sponsored dinner. Teague said in a statement that the incidents occurred after he consumed too much alcohol, and that he will seek treatment for his alcohol use.

"Norwood's resignation follows the report of two recent incidents of sexual harassment of two nonstudent university employees, based on unwelcome sexual advances and verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature occurring on the same evening," Eric Kaler, Minnesota's president, said in a statement. "I have spoken personally to the employees and expressed my sincere regrets that they experienced this behavior. Sexual harassment at the University of Minnesota will not be tolerated. We need to be vigilant in our efforts to ensure that those who experience harassment can access the resources available to them and know that the university takes this issue very seriously."

Beth Goetz, the university's deputy athletic director, will serve as interim athletic director.

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