Northwestern athletic director Mike Polisky announced Wednesday evening via press release that he has resigned from his new position and will leave Northwestern altogether after serving as Deputy Director of Athletics for External Affairs for a decade.
Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune first broke the news.
After Polisky was named Jim Phillips’ replacement 10 days ago, a number of students, faculty and alumni responded in outrage. Polisky, in addition to the University, was one of four defendants named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a Northwestern cheerleader in December, who alleged that he accused her of fabricating evidence and did not fulfil his duty as a mandated reporter under the school’s Title IX policy.
Last Friday, faculty organized a protest at President Morton Schapiro’s house, demanding that the school reconsider their decision and remove Polisky from his post. Wednesday morning, a number of alumni, faculty and donors responded with a letter to the Board of Trustees backing Polisky.