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June 16, 2017 — Clarifying statement from President Bruce Benson


In a conversation on Wednesday with a reporter, I made remarks that may have suggested that my conclusion that CU Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Athletic Director Rick George and CU head coach Mike MacIntyre had no ill intent in their handling of the allegations against former CU assistant coach Joe Tumpkin was based solely on my personal relationships with these individuals. I wish to clarify my statements.

My decisions were made following a careful review of the evidence in the Cozen O’Connor report and in extensive discussions with the board of regents and attorneys from WilmerHale.  The WilmerHale report summarized the conclusion of the Disciplinary Authority – composed of the nine members of the board of regents and myself – that there was no ill intent after considering the totality of the evidence, including the Cozen O’Connor report and the cooperativeness, candor, and credibility of the parties.  Unlike Cozen O’Connor, the regents and I, and the attorneys from WilmerHale, had the opportunity to hear from each of the parties and question them about the findings in the Cozen O’Connor report.  The board and I then discussed the issue of discipline carefully across a range of options, and in the end, were in general agreement on a course of action. These were the influencers on my decision.

In my role as president, I have forged personal relationships with many individuals throughout the university who fall under my authority. However, I have never let those personal relationships prevent me from making tough decisions, including actions to discipline or even dismiss people in the best interests of the university. I can assure everyone that this was the case in this matter.

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