Polisky was promoted from his deputy athletic director role May 3 after more than a decade in the department. But some members of the board of trustees and the search committee were displeased by university President Morton Schapiro’s decision because Polisky is one of four defendants along with the university in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit filed in January by a former Northwestern cheerleader, who said in the complaint Polisky dismissed her concerns and accused her of fabricating evidence.
Just read the article. Baptiste didn't make the top 5 in the prior search. Pretty incredible facts if true. Was Baptiste, a lawyer, aware of the contracts for the cheerleaders or the practices with donors?
Cheerleader Hayden Richardson said in the lawsuit and in a Tribune report that cheerleaders were sexually exploited and put in positions to mingle with donors and fans who groped them. She said Polisky did not take her concerns seriously.
“We’re gratified that the community, faculty and students take seriously the issues of sexual abuse and harassment — which Mike Polisky and Northwestern turned a blind eye to for far too long.” » Black cheerleaders said in reports they told Polisky of the team’s racially discriminatory policies, including a contract that included a ban on braids, and he did not respond to their satisfaction.