Outside review of news leak didn’t find source

Published 9:48 pm Thursday, September 14, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota says a $74,000 investigation into the source of a leak of private personnel information was unable to identify the source.

The Board of Regents retained attorney Don Lewis in May after a leak of documents about allegations of sexual harassment by an athletic department employee. The station reported that a regent provided an email containing information about the allegation.

Once the investigation into the employee ended, the information became public.

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Randy Handel, former associate athletic director of development, was suspended for two weeks without pay and demoted after a female subordinate said he repeatedly hugged and touched her and made inappropriate comments. Handel said he had no sexual intent.

The board said in a statement Friday it considers the review into the leak closed.