In a closed meeting Monday afternoon, the CU Board of Regents decided to issue University of Colorado chancellor Philip DiStefano a 10-day suspension. This action comes as a response to the university’s poor handling of domestic violation allegations against the football assistant coach Joe Tumpkin. Head football coach Mike MacIntyre and Athletic Director Rick George must each donate $100,000 to help support domestic violence victims within the CU community.
Cozen O’Connor, a third party law firm, investigated the case and concluded that university officials failed to report the domestic violence allegations within the institution and to law enforcement, and failed to supervise Tumpkin.
MacIntyre, George, DiStefano, and CU President Bruce Benson all knew of the allegations in December of last year. The victim even directly informed MacIntyre, but Tumpkin was not suspended until January 6 after the Alamo Bowl.
In response to this case, the officials involved will receive Title IX and domestic violence training, and the university policies will be clarified in regards to off-campus abuse allegations.
This week, the CU Board of Regents is expected to approve Coach MacIntyre’s contract of $16.25 million and keep him on until 2021. They postponed this decision until the Tumpkin investigation concluded.
Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are both scheduled to visit Colorado this summer under controversial circumstances.
On June 23rd Pence will speak at Focus on the Family’s 40th anniversary celebration in Colorado Springs. He has been a supporter of the organization which opposes safe and legal access to abortion and equal rights for members of the LGBTQIA community. This event will not be open to the public due to security concerns regarding Pence’s presence.
On July 19th through 21st, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to speak at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 44th Annual meeting in Denver. ALEC is a conservative organization dedicated to limited government and free market values. They push corporate interests by helping state legislators and private sector actors collaborate on customizable bills.
Several counter protests are being planned to coincide with that event. DeVos is a proponent of charter schools and school vouchers, which transfer public dollars to private and religious schools. DeVos has made millions of dollars through charter schools and has endorsed Trumps proposed budget which would cut billions from public education funding.
Betsy DeVos recently criticized Denver Public Schools for limiting school choice for families. In contrast, the Brookings Institute’s Choice and Competition index placed Denver county at the top of its list in 2016.