The results of two investigations into the University of Minnesota’s athletics department will be presented Tuesday at a special meeting of the Board of Regents.
The findings are expected to shed light on the extent of sexual harassment and other problems during Norwood Teague’s three-year tenure as athletic director. The reports will be posted on the board’s website, regents.umn.edu, at 10 a.m., the university said.
Starting at 2 p.m., the board will hear from a pair of lawyers, Karen Schanfield and Joe Dixon, who were hired to dig into “the culture and hiring practices” in the department after Teague resigned in August in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal.
Their report will be followed by the presentation of an audit of the athletics department’s finances conducted by the university’s chief auditor, Gail Klatt. The audit was authorized before Teague resigned Aug. 6.
Regents Chairman Dean Johnson told The Associated Press on Monday that school officials hope the report will detail "anything broken, improper, illegal. You name it, the whole list of sins." He said it's an accountability step aimed at rebuilding trust.
"It's extremely important because in many respects, the Department of Athletics is a very visible face of the university. And in light of what has occurred with the Teague situation and other incidents, we need to gain the confidence of the public back," he said.
Teague submitted his resignation after two female administrators accused him of sexual harassment, including sending offensive text messages, at a senior leadership retreat in July.