Michigan State University has suspended its head football coach, Mel Tucker, following allegations of sexual harassment made by rape survivor and activist Brenda Tracy.
According to reports, Tucker allegedly made sexualized comments and engaged in inappropriate behavior during a telephone call with Tracy in April 2022.
Tracy had filed a complaint with the university’s Title IX office in December regarding the incident.
Sexual harassment allegations
Tucker and Tracy had previously worked together on a campaign to combat the culture of sexual violence in sports, which had led to a professional relationship between them. However, the recent allegations have raised serious concerns.
In response to the allegations, Michigan State University took swift action, suspending Tucker without pay pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
The university has emphasized its commitment to addressing such allegations seriously, in contrast to past instances where allegations of sexual misconduct were mishandled.
The investigation into the matter is expected to conclude by October, with the university emphasizing its commitment to conducting an independent and unbiased inquiry.
This proactive response aims to ensure that allegations of sexual harassment are thoroughly investigated and addressed.