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.

Board of Regents Chair Irene Griego
Opening Remarks, Public Session, June 12, 2017

In February the Board of Regents authorized an inquiry into the university’s response to allegations that former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin abused a woman with whom he had a relationship. Today we are concluding that inquiry and releasing its findings, which include the actions President Benson intends to take with the unanimous support of the board after reviewing the facts.


President Bruce Benson
The University of Colorado has treated the issue related to former Coach Joe Tumpkin with the seriousness and deliberation it demands. We have engaged nationally recognized experts to help determine what happened and advise us on what we should do about it.


Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder
Today, the Regents of the University of Colorado and President Bruce received the final reports from the inquiry into allegations of domestic violence committed by former assistant coach Joe Tumpkin.



Rick George, Athletic Director, University of Colorado Boulder
Now that the inquiry into the domestic violence case related to a former assistant coach has concluded, I wish to share my response with the campus community, student-athletes and athletic department staff. As I have stated since January, I take full responsibility for my actions and, as the Director of Athletics, I hold myself to a high standard of conduct.


Mike MacIntyre, Head Football Coach, University of Colorado Boulder
This has been a difficult time for the university community, and particularly for the woman who brought this to my attention.  When she reached out to me, my first concern – which I shared with her – was for her safety. I immediately reported to the athletic director for direction. All of us involved have learned that we have additional reporting responsibilities, and we will follow those procedures in the future.