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Published April 04, 2012, 01:38 PM

NDSU Women's AD Suspended, Accused of Violating Harassment Policy

FARGO – The director of North Dakota State University's women’s athletics has been placed on a two-week suspension without pay for allegedly violating the university’s anti-harassment policy in an incident involving a student.

By: Forum Communications,

FARGO – The director of North Dakota State University's women’s athletics has been placed on a two-week suspension without pay for allegedly violating the university’s anti-harassment policy in an incident involving a student.

According to legal documents obtained by The Forum this morning, a letter of reprimand has been placed in Lynn Dorn's personnel file at NDSU.

The document states the suspension started March 27. Dorn has the right to appeal within 20 days.

According to the letter of reprimand from athletic director Gene Taylor:

The suspension stems from a “series of incidents” that took place on Feb. 23.

“These incidents show significant inappropriate professional behavior, as well as potential violations of NDSU policies,” specifically including the anti-harassment policy, which is detailed in Section 163 of the university’s policy manual.

During the suspension, Dorn is barred from coming to work or attending any athletic-related meetings or events.

Under the threat of further disciplinary action – including possible termination – Dorn is also prohibited from discussing the incidents “with the employees or the student involved in the incidents” to "avoid the appearance of retaliation of any kind."

NDSU’s anti-harassment policy protects students, staff and faculty from any “unwelcome verbal or physical behavior, which has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's employment or academic endeavors or creating a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment.”

Students, staff and faculty are also protected from any retaliation they might incur after reporting violations of the anti-harassment policy.

The policy states harassment may include “jokes, derogatory comments, pictures and/or direct physical advances.”

A separate section of the manual deals specifically with cases of sexual harassment. Taylor’s letter of reprimand makes no specific mention of the allegations that prompted the suspension.

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