More Harassment Allegations at Minnesota Athletic Department

September 4, 2015

An associate athletic director at the University of Minnesota has agreed to take leave from his position after the university hired outside lawyers to investigate five anonymous sexual harassment and discrimination complaints against him. One of the complaints alleges that Mike Ellis, the associate athletic director, had pornographic images of college-aged women on his cell phone that he shared with other staff members during a football game in 2012, according to the Star Tribune. After a senior staff member complained, that person was fired for "reorganization purposes," the complaint reads.

The investigation into Ellis comes less than a month after Minnesota's athletic director, Norwood Teague, resigned after two university employees filed sexual harassment complaints against him.

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