Records Show OSU Considered Sensitivity Training Before Gee Resigned

Nov 13, 2013

Email records obtained by the Associated Press show Ohio State University began planning cultural sensitivity training for then-president Gordon Gee after he made comments slurring Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools last December.

The records show the university last spring considered several proposals for sensitivity and media training for Gee. The proposals included having Gee talk with trainers in person, off-site or by phone to develop a deeper respect for diversity and learn techniques for discussing challenging topics and avoiding pitfalls. Gee retired July 1, shortly after remarks he made to the university's Athletic Council last December became public. An Ohio State spokesperson says Gee retired before any coaching sessions occurred. Gee remains with Ohio State as a professor. He will get 5.8 million dollars in salary and benefits over the next five years.