Colorado officials disciplined for handling of allegations

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Along with MacIntyre donating $100,000 to domestic violence organizations, athletic director Rick George must match that donation and chancellor Phil DiStefano must serve a 10-day suspension.

DiStefano requested the 10-day suspension for himself, and said, according to ESPN.com, "I wish to say again that I sincerely regret that I did not immediately contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance upon learning of the allegations of domestic violence".

The findings of the investigation determined the trio of DiStefano, MacIntyre, and George "didn't intentionally cover up the information they received or break the law". "The board and I believe they are appropriate and will make us a better university", said University of Colorado President Bruce Benson on Monday.

Tumpkin was eventually asked to resign when the restraining order was made permanent. MacIntyre immediately reached out to George and made contact with him December 10 to inform him of the woman's claims.

It does, however, point out instances in which it would appear the high-ranking employees placed the university's football program or their own reputations above the well-being of an allegedly abused woman. The two will also go through Title IX and domestic violence awareness training. Following defensive coordinator, Jim Leavitt's departure for Oregon Tumpkin assumed similar duties in the Buffaloes' 38-8 loss to Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.

The investigative report authored by former U.S. Sen.

"We said at the outset of this matter that we didn't handle it as we should have, particularly in how we communicated with Tumpkin's former partner and how we reported the matter internally", said Benson. George ultimately approved Tumpkin's coaching in the bowl game, despite knowing about the allegations against him, according to the WilmerHale report.


This conclusion was reached by sitting down with MacIntyre, DiStefano and George individually and reading all of the evidence, including the Cozen O'Connor report, he said. "The idea that the athletic director and head coach responsible have punishments that pale in comparison to routine infractions is simply hard to comprehend".

The University of Colorado officials suspended three officials, including its chancellor and football coach for its handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach, the school announced. Colorado state law requires those planning to sue the university to first send a notice and state the amount of damages they are seeking.

In the claim, the woman's lawyer said Tumpkin's abuse was aggravated by a drinking problem, which he alleges CU officials knew about - including drinking while driving - and that they did not properly report or address these issues.

The woman told McIntyre "that she was not trying to hurt him or the program, but that he needed to know that Tumpkin has been abusing her for two years", the report said.

Tumpkin was charged in January with five counts of felony assault.

Ginsberg praised the thoroughness of the external investigations into the Tumpkin situation but said, "In light of what happened today, my client feels betrayed and devastated".

Tumpkin faces a preliminary hearing on June 22 and If convicted could face between 20-60 years in jail.

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