The University of Connecticut is aware of an ongoing criminal investigation involving one of its employees, and actively is cooperating with multiple law enforcement agencies and following all applicable University policies as well as state and federal laws. The individual remains on paid administrative leave as previously announced on June 21, 2013 and is restricted from campus. None of these steps indicate that any negative or adverse determinations have been made regarding this individual by the University.
The University believes in the presumption of innocence. No one has been charged with a crime in connection with this investigation, and the University has not made any final determination with regard to the status of any employee as a result of this matter.
Nevertheless, the UConn administration takes accusations of this nature extremely seriously and has taken a number of steps to address this situation. Some of those steps are set forth in the timeline which is a part of this web site, which also includes relevant contacts and resources pertaining to this matter. The site will be updated as additional public information or relevant records become available. Furthermore, at the appropriate times and as it becomes available, the University will provide further information, in a full and transparent manner, about what other steps the institution has taken.
In order to protect the integrity of the law enforcement investigation and the individuals involved, the University has been advised by law enforcement and legal counsel that it not discuss further details at this time beyond the information contained on this site.
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Statement from UConn President Susan Herbst
July 15, 2013
Allegations involving crimes against children are both profoundly disturbing and heartbreaking. Although these allegations, which have been made public, appear to be unrelated to UConn, the university continues to do all it can to assist law enforcement. There have also been unsubstantiated, non-specific reports regarding UConn students, which the university is investigating under Title IX.
It is important to note that no one has been charged with a crime in relation to these allegations and the university has not made any final determination regarding the status of an employee. Yet any accusation of sexual misconduct by faculty, staff, or students is among the gravest issues that any institution must face. It is clear that serious accusations have been made, questions that demand answers have been raised and we will do all we can to find the truth and protect the vulnerable. This includes our students, our neighbors and our community.
We are putting the full weight of our institution behind the multiple investigations that have begun and will continue into this matter. From the moment information came to university personnel earlier this year to the present, the university has acted quickly and methodically. This will not change.
We have also recommended to the board’s executive committee, and they have agreed, that conducting a complete independent, outside review of how allegations were handled by the university prior to 2013 is essential. We hope that our response to this matter beginning earlier this year, and the transparency we are demonstrating, can serve as a model for other institutions that may face similar circumstances in the future.
Because multiple law enforcement and internal investigations are taking place, our comments on this matter will be extremely limited, until the appropriate time. This will require patience on many fronts, but all should know we are doing everything that must be done.
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Statement from UConn Board of Trustees Chairman Lawrence McHugh
July 15, 2013
Our primary interest is in protecting children, students and the community, as well as aiding possible victims and bringing facts to light.
These allegations are deeply disturbing and require a very deliberate, comprehensive response that is both thorough and as transparent as possible. The board of trustees and the university must treat these matters with the utmost care and seriousness. It is clear to the board that when these allegations were brought to the attention of current university personnel in 2013, the university took swift, decisive and careful action as this matter evolved. The president and her senior team are to be commended for taking this action, informing the board at the appropriate time and operating with the highest possible degree of transparency, given the circumstances.
In addition, based on the university’s recommendation, the board’s executive committee voted to create a special committee to oversee and direct a review into how allegations may have been handled by university personnel prior to 2013. This review must be conducted by an independent, outside law firm. Once it is completed, the board will review and release its findings.
University of Connecticut Board of Trustees
University of Connecticut Board of Trustees - Special Committee on Investigations
Related Investigative Records and Public Documents
- Sept. 25, 2013 – Statement of law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath on establishment of new confidential hotline and email address
- Sept. 9, 2013 – Statement of Connecticut Attorney General on Award of Contract for Special Counsel
- Sept. 9, 2013 – Contract Between State of Connecticut and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
- July 15, 2013 - Letter to Staff from Provost Mun Choi
- July 15, 2013 - Request for Proposals for Outside Legal Services
- July 15, 2013 - UConn Contract with Marcum LLP for Investigation Services
- July 12, 2013 - Resolution by UConn Trustees' Executive Committee to Appoint Special Committee