University of Colorado employees involved in the mishandling of a domestic violence situation within the athletic department selected CU's Office of Victim Assistance, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence and Gateway Domestic Violence Services as the organizations to receive their mandated monetary donations.
CU Athletic Director Rick George donated $50,000 to the Office of Victim Assistance endowment fund and $50,000 to Boulder's Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence.
Head football coach Mike MacIntyre also gave $50,000 to the Office of Victim Assistance and contributed $50,000 to Gateway Domestic Violence Services.
The donations, which campus spokesman Ryan Huff said were made last summer, came as part of disciplinary actions announced in June for George's and MacIntyre's failure to properly report allegations of domestic violence that Pamela Fine made against former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin.
"It was important to both of them to make donations that benefited the CU campus, as well as the broader community," Huff wrote in an email.
The money given to the campus' Office of Victim Assistance will be put toward an ongoing domestic abuse and violence campaign focused on teaching response skills and increasing awareness for support services along with bolstering supporting survivor training, Huff said. The goal is to teach students, faculty and staff how to best support victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Anne Tapp, executive director for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, said she met with George and his wife over the summer for a tour of the shelter and a discussion about the work SPAN does in the community.
"Both for Rick and Nancy, it's a personal commitment they're making," Tapp said. "It's not just a consequence of the investigation. To give to something is not just a one-time contribution, but an investment in the community at large."
The money George donated will be used to make improvements to SPAN's emergency shelter and support some of their youth programs.
"It's a very generous contribution," Tapp said. "The impetus behind it was one that I think caused both CU and the community at large to recognize the way we support domestic violence survivors is not always helpful. This is certainly an opportunity for CU to make some much-needed significant improvements."
Tapp is hopeful George will use his status to advocate for domestic violence awareness.
"He has enormous influence over both young men and women athletes who are impacted by domestic violence," she said. "I think they're both very committed to learning more about the issue and using their positions as leaders in the community to support survivors and make the community a safer place."
Gateway Domestic Violence Services provides services to victims of domestic violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County.
"Gateway will use the donation to continue supporting victims of domestic violence through our shelter programs," Jeneen Klippel, director of development and public relations at Gateway Domestic Violence Services, wrote in an email. "As advocates, we are always grateful when light is shone on this important topic. Coach MacIntyre, his family and the entire CU Football program continue to support Gateway through other avenues.
"For instance, they have donated items for our fundraising auctions and collected gift cards for our clients at Christmas. We look forward to a long partnership with the Coach and the CU Football program. "
Following the investigation and report that determined CU improperly handled the abuse allegations, along with the mandatory $100,000 donations, CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano was suspended for 10 days.
The disciplinary actions come as a result of an outside investigation revealing Fine told MacIntyre in December 2016 that Tumpkin had repeatedly and violently abused her for the last two years. MacIntyre informed George about the allegations, and George then informed DiStefano.
The investigation found three main "failures" by CU: a failure to report the domestic violence allegations; a failure to report those allegations to law enforcement; and a failure of supervision of Tumpkin.
Fine left a voicemail for MacIntrye on Dec. 15, 2016, saying she was taking the allegations to the police and applying for a restraining order.
MacIntrye and George still chose Tumpkin to call defensive plays in the Buffs' appearance at the Alamo Bowl.
Tumpkin was suspended Jan. 6 and asked to resign on Jan. 27. On Feb. 1, he was arrested and subsequently charged with five felony counts of second-degree assault.
CU officials have since pledged to address sexual misconduct at the university.
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