University regents won’t review Raymond’s case | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

University regents won’t review Raymond’s case

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has turned down Rod Raymond’s request for a unique hearing that his attorney described as an attempt to clear the Duluth fitness instructor and entrepreneur’s name of sexual-

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has turned down Rod Raymond’s request for a unique hearing that his attorney described as an attempt to clear the Duluth fitness instructor and entrepreneur’s name of sexual-harassment allegations.

University spokesman Chuck Tombarge on Wednesday announced the regents’ decision without further comment.

Raymond, fitness and wellness coordinator at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and his Atlanta-based attorney, Lindsay R.M. Jones, didn’t immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Raymond has been a UMD employee and fitness instructor since 1989. He was disciplined by UMD after two students lodged sexual-harassment complaints against him in 2009. The News Tribune reported last month that Raymond again was being investigated by the school after two new complaints against him. The nature of those complaints hasn’t been disclosed.

Jones requested the hearing before the University of Minnesota’s 12-member governing body three weeks ago. He asked the regents to serve as a court of appeals by conducting an “efficient alternative dispute-resolution process,” which he believed would resolve the conflict between Raymond and UMD.

Jones said Raymond is seeking to have his personnel record expunged of any unwarranted disciplinary action.

Jones said that if Raymond is given a fair and impartial hearing before the board, he would waive all claims against UMD, including his right to appeal the board’s decision.

Jones has said that if the board declined to review the case, Raymond might file a lawsuit in federal court.

When Jones made the request for a hearing before the Board of Regents, Mark Rotenberg, U of M general counsel, called Jones’ request very unusual. He said the regents had no tradition of conducting such hearings.

Raymond co-owns Fitger’s Brewhouse, Burrito Union, the Red Star Lounge, Tycoon’s Alehouse, and along with a business partner bought Endion Station in Canal Park in October.University regents won’t review Raymond’s case | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

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