Raymond Name-Clearing Hearing Request Denied

Posted at: 12/12/2012 12:53 PM
Updated at: 12/12/2012 11:08 PM
By: Brittany Falkers

The attorney for UMD fitness instructor and prominent business owner, Rod Raymond, says he'll consider going to federal court, after the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents denied him a hearing.

Last month Raymond's attorney asked the Board of Regents for a name clearing hearing.  In a written statement attorney Lindsay R.M. Jones said he asked the board for "a fair and impartial examination of the allegations made against him (Raymond)."

Jones says Raymond believes it would clear his name at UMD and in the broader community. However, Jones says the board has declined to look into Raymond's situation. Jones says he shares Raymond's disappointment in the board's decision not to investigate Raymond's grievances about how the investigations against him were conducted.

On Tuesday, the University of Minnesota's Office of the General Counsel responded to the hearing request saying the Board of Regents does not convene hearings regarding individual university personnel. The counsel said the Board of regents also plays no role in individual employment disputes, except in rare cases.

The counsel said, as a civil service employee, Raymond is subject to university civil service rules, which provide that the disciplinary actions may be challenged through the filing of a petition with the office of conflict resolution.

The counsel added that Raymond had previously received a written reprimand and suspension. In both cases, they said, he chose not to challenge the discipline.

They said this discipline is final, and no further internal process is due.