University of New Hampshire Statement on Former Athletic Employee

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
(603) 862-1567
Erika.mantz@unh.edu

March 5, 2014

University of New Hampshire Statement on Former Athletic Employee

On Thursday, February 20, UNH’s athletic director and senior university officials learned of alleged misconduct by Scott A. Weitzell at a men’s basketball game on the campus of the University of Vermont on January 20, 2014. The athletic director and senior officials immediately reported the alleged misconduct to the UNH Police Department.

The University of New Hampshire’s senior leadership acted quickly and thoroughly when Weitzell’s misconduct was reported.

The first action was to remove the risk that Weitzell posed to the privacy of our students. On Friday, February 21, 2014, the day following the reporting of the misconduct, Weitzell was suspended from employment and banned from the UNH campus. On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, Weitzell was terminated from employment at UNH.

UNH has been working to provide support to our student athletes and their families that affected by Weitzel’s misconduct. On Monday, March 3, 2014, senior administrators met personally with members of the men’s basketball team and coaching staff to alert them of the allegations and the criminal investigation. Also on Monday, March 3, 2014, senior administrators reached out personally to the parents of every member of the men’s basketball team to inform them of the misconduct and to provide information about counseling and pastoral services that are available to their sons through UNH.

UNH is working to prevent this kind of employee misconduct from happening on our campus. UNH President Mark Huddleston is deeply troubled by the amount of time that passed between the Vermont game and the reporting of the allegations to UNH senior officials. The president is working with leadership of the Board of Trustees to determine the best course for a broad, independent investigation and review. While the independent investigation and review is essential, we recognize that the criminal investigation led by the UNH Police Department takes precedence. The university is doing everything its power to cooperate with the criminal investigation. It is mission critical for the university to provide a safe and respectful learning environment for all UNH students, faculty, and staff. We will not let one individual’s behavior undermine our mission.

Joel Seligman
UNH, Chief Communications Officer