The University of Colorado chancellor has been suspended, and the school’s athletic director and football team’s head coach ordered to pay hefty fines for their handling of a domestic violence allegation against a former coach, according to the Denver Post.
Chancellor Phil DiStefano was given a 10-day suspension, and athletic director Rick George and football coach Mike MacIntyre have been ordered to donate $100,000 each to benefit domestic violence awareness for their handling of a case involving former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin.
Tumpkin’s accuser alleges the former coach abused her over a two-year period.
Colorado hired a legal team to investigate how university officials handled the allegations. The lawyers were the same ones used in the Baylor sex scandal.
The Colorado Board of Regents met Monday, and the lawyers released a report that noted three “failures — failure to report domestic violence allegations; to report the information to law enforcement officials; and of the supervision of Tumpkin, according to the Post report.
“We didn’t handle this matter as well as we should have,” CU president Bruce Benson told the Post. “CU does not and will not tolerate domestic violence or any sort of sexual misconduct.”
The timeline of events goes like this:
The woman told Sports Illustrated she spoke to McIntyre on Dec. 9, and detailed her allegations. One week later, Tumpkin was named acting defensive coordinator for the Alamo Bowl. The woman then filed for a temporary restraining order on Dec. 20, and it became public knowledge on Jan. 6 when it was reported by the Daily Camera. Tumpkin was suspended Jan. 9, and resigned — at the request of the university — on Jan. 27, just a day after a judge made the temporary restraining order permanent.
Tumpkin was charged with felony assault on Jan. 31, and the university launched its investigation in February.