Incidents at University of Minnesota

Total: 11


Incident 8447

Status: Resolved
Person: Jason Cao
Role: Faculty
Position: Associate Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: urban and regional planning
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "In fall 2018, Humphrey administration was aware of separate completed University investigations which found Jason Cao and James Ron “more likely than not” violated University sexual harassment policy. The school informed students of the allegations and the discipline around the beginning of the 2019 fall semester.

Currently, the professors are prohibited for two years from advising certain Humphrey students as part of their discipline."
Last updated: Dec 6, 2020 8:14 pm

Incident 8449

Status: Resolved
Person: James Ron
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Human rights
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Resigned, Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: 5 month suspension. Restricted for two years from advising students. Resigned.

"The University of Minnesota gave a professor nearly $200,000 when he resigned last year following an unpaid suspension for sexually harassing a graduate student."
Last updated: Feb 6, 2021 12:45 pm

Incident 8628

Status: Resolved
Person: Jason Cao
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specific Discipline: Urban Planning
Outcome Year: 2019
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "Cao and Ron each were given letters of discipline with details about their alleged misconduct in late 2018 from Humphrey School Dean Laura Bloomberg. The letters, obtained by the Star Tribune, said the complaints against Cao included making jokes of a sexual nature and commenting that a student should be “submissive.” He also invited a student to work with him at home and required the student to sit next to him while he worked. In Ron’s letter, the university determined he made unwanted comments about his sex life to a student and shared the ideal younger age range of women he would like to date.

The letters also detailed disciplinary action against the professors. Cao was suspended for eight months, which ended Aug. 31 of this year. He will also be prohibited from individually advising students for two years but can advise masters students in a public area or with his office door open."
Last updated: Dec 4, 2020 10:26 am

Incident 7771

Status: Resolved
Person: Brad Carlin
Role: Faculty
Position: Professor
Discipline: Medicine and Health Sciences
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category: Retired
Specific Outcome: Serious violations of sexual harassment policy; retired.
Last updated: Jun 2, 2019 7:45 am

Incident 8113

Status: Ongoing
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Outcome Year: 2018
Outcome Category:
Specific Outcome: Investigation ongoing
Last updated: May 28, 2019 1:14 pm

Incident 7770

Status: Resolved
Person: Randy Handel
Role: Administrator
Position: Associate Athletic Director of Development
Discipline: Athletics
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: Found to have sexually harassed an employee. Suspended for two weeks, demoted.
Last updated: Jun 2, 2019 7:12 am

Incident 8107

Status: Ongoing
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Outcome Year: 2017
Outcome Category:
Specific Outcome: Investigation ongoing
Last updated: May 28, 2019 1:14 pm

Incident 7768

Status: Resolved
Role: Administrator
Position: Athletic Director
Discipline: Athletics
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2015
Outcome Category: Resigned
Specific Outcome: Resigned.
Last updated: May 28, 2019 1:14 pm

Incident 7769

Status: Resolved
Person: Mike Ellis
Role: Administrator
Position: Associate Athletic Director
Discipline: Athletics
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2015
Outcome Category: Resigned
Specific Outcome: Paid leave; Resigned
Last updated: May 28, 2019 1:14 pm

Incident 7772

Status: Resolved
Person: Jim Turman
Role: Administrator
Position: Assistant Vice Provost at the Recreation and Wellness Center
Discipline: Athletics, Recreation and Wellness
Specific Discipline: Recreation and Wellness
Outcome Year: 2015
Outcome Category: Suspended / Leave / Restrictions, Training / Counseling Required
Specific Outcome: Received training and a two-week suspension without pay in 2015 for making a sexually inappropriate remark to an employee, for telling an offensive racial joke to the same employee, and for expressing frustration that the employee was offended
Last updated: Jun 7, 2019 7:04 pm

Incident 8070

Status: Ongoing
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Outcome Year: 2015
Outcome Category:
Specific Outcome:
Last updated: May 28, 2019 1:14 pm