External Review Finds Little Wrongdoing in Minnesota Athletics

December 9, 2015

A wide-ranging external investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and other matters within the University of Minnesota's athletics department has found little in the way of wrongdoing. In a 743-page report to the university's Board of Regents, an outside law firm said it found no evidence that the former athletics director, Norwood Teague, engaged in sexual harassment or created an environment that fostered such behavior. Teague resigned in August after two university officials accused him of harassing them; he attributed his behavior to excessive drinking.

The external review also explored allegations of sexual harassment by athletes, and it did find evidence that some athletes violated the student code by providing misleading information to university officials and that one athlete intimidated the student who reported the harassment.

The review also provided mixed evidence about the conduct of the search that resulted in Teague's hiring, which had produced criticism of the search firm involved.

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