UNH Athletics staff member fired after report of allegations

University police dept. investigating misconduct involving student athletes

By Nick Stoico
On March 4, 2014

According to a statement released by the University of New Hampshire on Monday, March 3, a part-time member of the university athletic staff has been fired relating to "allegations of misconduct ... involving student athletes." An investigation into the allegations by the UNH Police Department is ongoing.

Approximately 10 days ago (from March 3), the UNH administration received notification of the allegations and an investigation by the UNH Police Department immediately ensued. The staff member was placed on administrative leave and was later let go. 

There have been no other details released.

The statement reads, "While we cannot talk about the specifics of ongoing police investigations, UNH is cooperating fully with all law enforcement agencies ... The university is providing the affected students with support and has offered counseling to them. We will stand by them as a community and their well-being remains our top priority. We have learned from the experience of other institutions and our own."

The statement does not offer any details as to the nature of the allegations or to area of the athletic department the staffer belonged to. 

The New Hampshire attempted to obtain more information from the UNH Media Relations Department, UNH Athletics and the UNH Police Department as well as several individuals. These potential sources either could not be reached or offered no further comment.

The statement concludes: "Our goal and responsibility are to provide an environment where our students have access to a world-class education inside and outside the classroom. Those who do not share these priorities do not have a place at our university. UNH will make our campus community stronger and refuse to allow one person to undermine our work to provide a safe learning environment for our students."

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