Story at a glance

  • San Jose State University President Mary Papazian resigned Thursday in the wake of sexual assault allegations against a former athletic trainer.
  • The university paid victims $1.6 million last month.
  • Federal prosecutors determined that the university mishandled sexual assault allegations leveled against the university’s former director of sports medicine, Scott Shaw.
  • Shaw has denied the accusations, and no charges have been filed.

San Jose State University President Mary Papazian resigned Thursday in the wake of sexual assault allegations against a former athletic trainer resulting in more than $1.6 million in payments to victims last month. 

Papazian, who served as the university’s president since July 1, 2016, will leave her position at the end of the semester on Dec. 21, officials said in a statement on Thursday.

“The best interest of the campus continues to be at the forefront of every decision I make. After thoughtful consideration, I have made the decision to step away as president,” Papazian said. 

Federal prosecutors determined that the university mishandled sexual assault allegations leveled against the university’s former director of sports medicine, Scott Shaw, leading to further cases of alleged abuse. Shaw has denied the accusations, and no charges have been filed, according to The Associated Press

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Twenty-three students have accused Shaw of touching them inappropriately — 13 agreed to the Sept. 21 settlement, which awarded them $125,000 each, the AP noted. 

“This transition does not impact our intention and obligation to understand what occurred and how the university responded at the time,” Papazian continued. 

“I made a promise to our community and to the affected student-athletes and their families, and I plan to honor it. My heart, apologies and prayers continue to be with those student-athletes who suffered a breach of trust during their time at the university,” she concluded.

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Published on Oct 08, 2021