Colorado officials disciplined for handling of allegations

Buffaloes Athletic Director Rick George

Buffaloes Athletic Director Rick George

All of this stems from external investigation by the law firm of Cozen O'Connor into how Distefano, George and MacIntyre handled the domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Joe Tumpkin.

"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", said DiStefano, who recommended his own punishment of the 10-day suspension.

The college's Board of Regents on Monday also ordered that all three receive letters of reprimand.

Allegations against former safeties coach Joe Tumpkin surfaced when Tumpkin's ex-girlfriend of three years called MacIntyre on December 9 and allegedly told him Tumpkin had repeatedly and violently abused her over the course of their relationship.

The law firm, Wilmer Hale, found the behavior of DiStefano, George and MacIntyre to constitute "mistakes" rather than "bad intent".

Since the SI report, Tumpkin has resigned from the program and MacIntyre's pending contract extension has been placed on hold pending the completion of the board's investigation. CU later suspended him, then asked him to resign amid a restraining order and impending criminal charges. Any person who wishes to sue a state entity must first file a notice of claim.

Throughout the alleged abuse, the woman says she suffered numerous physical injuries at the hands of Tumpkin, including multiple contusions, scratches, neck injuries from attempts at strangulation, stitches and the removal of a dental implant leaving her with a tooth missing for more than three months.

Ginsberg notified the university in a May 17 claim that he believes it is liable for its role in the abuse the woman endured for almost two years. "The following day, Coach MacIntrye told (redacted) that he had discussed the issue with Athletic Director Rick George". "CU does not and will not tolerate domestic violence or any sort of sexual misconduct".

Tumpkin was charged in January with five felony counts of second-degree assault and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault. Following the release of a Sports Illustrated story about the Tumpkin situation, the University's Board of Regents determined that an investigation into the handling of the domestic violence claims was necessary.

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

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