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Minnesota athletic official suspended in sexual harassment case

MINNEAPOLIS – the University of Minnesota athletics administrator accused of sexual harassment will be suspended without pay for two weeks and degraded to the resolving of the latest black eye for the department.

The university on Thursday released the findings of an internal investigation into allegations against Randy Handel, associate athletic director of development.

A female subordinate said Trading behavior included frequent hugging, touching and inappropriate comments. Trade claimed that he never had any sexual intent in the direction of the subordinate.

Commerce’s unpaid suspension begins Monday. He will also be asked to participate in sexual harassment training.

In 2015, athletics director Norwood Teague resigned after two high administrators said that he sexually abused them at a senior leadership retreat. Teague acknowledged inappropriate behavior. His deputy, Mike Ellis, resigned months later after an unspecified complaints against him.

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