Chancellor suspended, coach, AD reprimanded following Tumpkin investigation

As a result of the investigation, Chancellor Phil DiStefano will receive a 10-day suspension without pay and a letter of reprimand.

DENVER - The University of Colorado Board of Regents announced the findings Monday of an inquiry into how Boulder officials handled domestic violence allegations against then-assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin.

As a result of the investigation, Chancellor Phil DiStefano will receive a 10-day suspension without pay and a letter of reprimand.

Football coach Mike MacIntyre and Athletic Director Rick George have been ordered to make a $100,000 donation to a domestic violence education program, as well as receive one-on-one training in how to handle future allegations of misconduct.

Nevertheless, investigators say there was no ill-intent or attempts to cover up the situation by anyone involved.

"We didn't handle as well as we should have," said University of Colorado President Bruce Benson. "Particularly how we communicated with Tumpkin's former partner and how we reported the matter internally. We will own up to our mistakes and own the solutions."

The university has been looking into the string of events that began with reports that Tumpkin’s girlfriend called MacIntyre and reported he had been abusive.

The woman told Sports Illustrated the coach told her the following day he’d briefed Athletic Director Rick George on the situation, and that they were considering how to properly respond.

But, the victim said she never heard from MacIntyre – or anyone else at CU – and instead was approached by Tumpkin’s attorney, who asked her to drop the matter.

 In the meantime, Tumpkin was allowed to call defensive signals when the Buffaloes played in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

Tumpkin wasn’t placed on administrative leave until Jan. 6. The university said this was because no criminal charges had been filed. The victim filed a report with Broomfield Police on Dec. 19 and applied for a restraining order the next day.

Tumpkin was forced to resign on Jan. 27.

All CU employees will receive online training when hired, including training on reporting sexual misconduct, which includes dating and domestic violence. 

Monday, the Board of Regents said their investigation revealed three major issues in how CU dealt with the matter:

1.    Failure to report domestic violence allegations

2.    Failure to report information to law enforcement

3.    Failure on the part of Tumpkin’s supervisors

The investigation says DiStefano, MacIntyre and George should have known to report the allegations against Tumpkin to Title IX immediately.

In June 2015, DiStefano’s salary was $441,000. The 10-day suspension is worth $17,000 – meaning he’ll still receive a $424,000 salary. DiStefano said he's planning to donate his salary from the time he’s on suspension to programs to help helps domestic and dating violence victims within the CU-Boulder community

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