University Official Accused of Sexual Harassment Denied $84,000 Leave
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The University of Missouri-Columbia’s chancellor on Thursday reversed a decision to grant paid leave to a former deputy who quit that post amid sexual harassment allegations but will return to teaching.
Chancellor Haskell Monroe said in a statement his decision to recommend paid leave for David McIntire, who until Monday was vice chancellor for student affairs, was made ″without careful consideration of the feelings and opinions of this institution’s constituents.″
Student leaders called for Monroe’s resignation for his handling of the case. They said they would stage a rally Friday on campus.
McIntire was to have been on ″developmental leave″ from January through May, with no on-campus role, while retaining his vice chancellor’s salary of $84,000. The leave would have been designed to let McIntire prepare for teaching during the fall semester.
He is taking accrued personal time off through year’s end.
But Monroe’s new statement said McIntire will be assigned in January as a tenured professor in the College of Education, with a salary of $59,000.
McIntire didn’t answer calls to his home on Thursday.
He resigned - acknowledging ″poor judgment″ and ″indiscretions″ - after the allegations of five unidentified women were published last weekend.
The women alleged that McIntire, 46, made sexual statements and jokes in the office and used racial stereotypes. One woman said he placed a wrapped condom on her desk. Another said he startled her while wearing a tank top and tight shorts in the office.
A statement issued Thursday by the Missouri Students Association said the group would organize a rally Friday to protest the university’s handling of the allegations against McIntire and to urge Monroe to step down.