Athletics official on voluntary leave after complaints submitted to U of M


A member of the University of Minnesota's athletic department is on leave following the resignation of Athletic Director Norwood Teague.

The U confirmed to BringMeTheNews Thursday that Associate Athletic Director Mike Ellis, who was hired by Teague in 2012, has taken voluntary time off at the university's request.

This comes after five anonymous complaints were made about him on the university's EthicsPoint reporting system since Teague resigned last month. The nature of the complaints was not detailed.

"Based on content, those reports have been submitted to the independent external counsel or other appropriate authority to investigate," the statement to BringMeTheNews said.

Ellis, who is still employed by the university, is cooperating fully in the investigation, the U says.

A prior complaint made about Ellis, which was filed in January 2013, was investigated and closed without any disciplinary actions, the U told BringMeTheNews.

Details about that complaint are not available due to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

Teague resigned last month after complaints were submitted that he had sexually harassed two members of U of M President Eric Kaler’s senior executive team at a leadership retreat last month.

Following this revelation, Star Tribune basketball writer Amelia Rayno wrote in a column that she had also been the subject of harassment from Teague.

In late August, the university said at least four additional complaints of sexual harassment by Teague had been made since he resigned.

The U of M has��hired outside lawyers to investigate the university's athletic department in the wake of the harassment reports.

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