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    Another accusation of sexual misconduct at UC Berkeley, and once again, it comes from the athletic department. Elyce Kirchner reports. (Published Friday, April 22, 2016)

    Another accusation of sexual misconduct at UC Berkeley, and once again, it comes from the athletic department.

    Cal is investigating accusations that a former female crew member was sexually assaulted by a rower at a crew party in December of 2013.

    The team's coach, Mike Teti, is also being accused of never reporting it. In an email to NBC Bay Area, Teti denied those allegations, calling them false.  
    The university would not go on camera, but did confirm to NBC Bay Area that an outside investigator is looking into allegations that a former crew member was sexually assaulted at a party. However, they stress that at this point, Teti is not part of the investigation.          

    "I'm confident that the investigation will prove they have no merit. I am committed to our athletes, especially the seniors, and will continue to guide them through to graduation," Teti told NBC Bay Area.

    The university says that once the investigation into the merits of the allegations are complete, then they will determine what, if any, action will be taken based on its findings.

    The news comes on the heels of several scandals on campus.

    In mid-April, two female grad students filed sexual harassment complaints against assistant professor Blake Wentworth.  Assistant basketball coach Yann Hufnagel was accused of harassing a female sports reporter.  Law school dean Sujit Choudhry resigned last month after his former executive assistant said he repeatedly kissed and touched her. Astronomer Geoffrey Marcy resigned last October after female students accused him of sexual harassment.

    "It's almost like we are becoming desensitized to it because it just happens so much," student Justin Kang said.

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