A popular swim coach at UC Berkeley has been accused of sexually harassing a male co-worker for nearly two years. But it looks like his case is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to alleged sexual misconduct violations committed by employees of the university.
Todd Mulzet (pictured) has been the diving coach for both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at UC Berkeley for three years. The alleged harassment happened over an 18-month period between 2014 and 2015.
According to a 400-page report — yes, it’s 400 pages! — released by the university this week, Mulzet has been accused of falsely calling his co-worker “my boyfriend” at swim meets and of making repeated unwanted sexual comments towards the man, including asking him “When are you coming to the dark side?” and offering him $300 for a blow job.
Mulzet is not publicly commenting on the case, though the report says he denied many of the accusations to investigators. He did admit to making some of the remarks, however, though he said they were merely meant as “compliments.” He also said he believed the co-worker was speaking out in retaliation after Mulzet expressed frustration over his job performance.
But it appears Mulzet is far from the only UC Berkeley employee accused of sexual misconduct in recent years. In fact, he’s one of over a dozen.
The report mentions 17 — 17! — other cases that were investigated by the campus Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination dating back to 2008. Some of the reports include:
- A male researcher who resigned after a co-worker allegedly fondled him in a lab.
- A cafeteria worker who allegedly bragged about the size of his penis and used antigay slurs against a male co-worker.
- A professor who invited a student to Hawaii for a “dirty smoke-filled weekend of unadulterated guilty pleasure and sins.”
- A staff member who allegedly flirted with and texted unsolicited dick pics to a male intern.
- A custodian who allegedly spied on a student in the shower.
- A painter who was caught having sex in an empty dorm room then allegedly clogged a toilet with food wrappers and feces in retaliation for being reprimanded.
As a result of what is clearly a problem at the school, the university has announced a new Chancellor’s Committee on Sexual Violence, Harassment and Assault that will “examine and address culture issues.” New sexual harassment measures are also being instituted, and all campus employees are being required to complete a new sexual harassment training course.
As for Mulzet, the university says he will not be fired. Instead he will have his pay docked 5 percent for two months, totaling $455.30, or the cost of about one and a half $300 blowjobs.
Go, Golden Bears!