An investigation into an alleged assault on the grounds of the Illinois State University presidential residence has been confirmed by ISU police.
The report filed on Thursday afternoon alleges an assault and disorderly conduct incident involving ISU President Timothy Flanagan and an ex-ISU employee that occurred in early December.
Former ISU superintendent R. Patrick Murphy told The Pantagraph Flanagan came out of his house around 9 a.m. on Dec. 5 when Murphy was supervising a crew working on the property. The ISU-owned presidential residence is at 1000 Gregory St.
When Murphy approached Flanagan, Murphy claims the president’s saliva projected onto Murphy’s face, neck and clothing, according to reports. Murphy also alleges Flanagan’s arms hit Murphy in the torso at one point during the encounter.
In a published interview with The Pantagraph, Murphy said Flanagan “cuts loose on me … I’ve never had such a thing happen. I was shocked. I stood there in shock. He was right in my face; too close.”
ISU Police Capt. Nichol Bleichner told the Pantagraph that an investigation is underway. Officers have yet to talk to Flanagan.
According to The Pantagraph, Murphy filed the report after contacting several sources, including the Board of Trustees and other university superintendents, who did not respond.
Murphy was fired on Dec. 10. The investigation is ongoing.
Assistant to the President Jay Groves did not return a call placed by The Vidette for a comment.