LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas concluded that a former football player had “non-consensual sex” with one female student and violated the school’s sexual harassment policy with another student who also alleges she was sexually assaulted, according to letters sent to the two women by a university official.
The letters, obtained and posted by The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2ckijM7 ), identify the former player as Jordan Goldenberg, of suburban St. Louis. He has not been charged with a crime.
The two women, Daisy Tackett and Sarah McClure, who were rowers for the university, have separately sued the school, claiming they were sexually assaulted by Goldenberg at different times in the same residence hall. He was not identified or named as a defendant in the lawsuits.
The letters from the university’s vice provost of student affairs, Tammara Durham, discusses the result of an investigation by the Institutional Opportunity and Access, which found that enough evidence existed to prove that Goldenberg violated the university’s sexual harassment policy and should be permanently expelled after his second sex-related offense.
Goldenberg was “effectively permanently expelled from the university and banned from campus for 10 years” and was “not to have contact” with either woman in person or by any means of communication, according to the letters.
Attorneys for Goldenberg say he strongly denies the sex-assault allegations and withdrew from the university for non-academic reasons in lieu of expulsion.
The university has consistently refused to comment on the rowers’ lawsuits or the sexual-assault investigation and declined to comment on the content of the letters.
Tackett’s lawsuit against the university alleges she was sexually assaulted in Goldenberg’s dorm room. McClure said in her lawsuit that Goldenberg sexually assaulted her in her dorm room.
After his expulsion, Goldenberg, a long snapper, transferred to Indiana State University and was on that school’s football roster this fall. But he was removed from the team last week after the school’s athletics department and football team learned more information about Goldenberg and decided it was “best for him to focus on obtaining his degree,” an email to The Kansas City Star from Indiana State said.
Goldenberg’s former position coach at Kansas, Gary Hyman, was moved to an off-field role by Jayhawks coach David Beaty last December. He was hired as Indiana State’s special-teams coordinator in February but was suspended this week for two days and will miss the team’s game Saturday.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com