University of Evansville places coach on administrative leave for alleged Title IX violations

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LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – NOVEMBER 12: Walter McCarty the head coach of the Evansville Aces gives instructions to his team in the 67-64 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on November 12, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The University of Evansville is investigating allegations that their men’s basketball coach violated its Title IX policy.

This comes after the university received reports about Men’s Basketball Coach Walter McCarty’s off-court behavior, including a recent incident that appeared to violate its Title IX policy. The university would not provide details about any specific incident.

A national law firm will conduct the investigation and the university said it will make a fair and informed decision on McCarty’s status based on the law firm’s findings.

Walter McCarty was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. While he is on administrative leave, Bennie Seltzer will serve as interim head coach. He previously served as head coach of Samford University and held assistant coaching positions at the University of Oklahoma, Marquette University, Indiana University and Washington State University.

The university provided the following letter sent to the campus community:

Dear UE Community,

I am writing to share information about the University of Evansville’s decision to place Men’s Basketball Coach Walter McCarty on administrative leave pending an investigation into possible Title IX violations.

This was not a decision made lightly or in haste. We are concerned that he may have  violated key provisions of the University’s Title IX policy. UE will not tolerate any behavior from any university employee or student that jeopardizes the safety and security of others.

The University has received reports of unwelcome conduct by Coach McCarty since his arrival in March 2018. We have counseled him about his behavior. In the last two weeks, the University received a troubling report about Coach McCarty’s interactions with a member of the campus community. We have placed Coach McCarty on leave while that incident is being investigated. The University will make a fair and informed decision on Coach McCarty’s status based on the results of the investigation.

Coach McCarty has enjoyed great success with our Men’s Basketball program and is a popular figure throughout the community. But Coach McCarty’s success does not in any way outweigh the need to uphold the standards that define our university.

We have named Bennie Seltzer as interim head coach of the Men’s Basketball team.  Coach Seltzer previously served as the head coach of Samford University and held assistant coaching positions at the University of Oklahoma, Marquette University, Indiana University and Washington State University. We are confident he and his assistants will provide the leadership qualities we expect from our coaches.

We have retained a national law firm to conduct an independent investigation into this matter, consistent with our commitment to investigate and respond to reports of inappropriate behavior.

We will continue to offer support and resources to any student or employee who believes they have been the victim of inappropriate behavior.  The University’s Office of Institutional Equity can be reached at: titleix@evansville.edu.

I appreciate your understanding and continued support. Most importantly, I remain proud of this university and the values for which it stands.

Sincerely,

President Pietruszkiewicz

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