UMKC ball players mean a coach of sexual harassment

Women's ball players were dressing when the male auxiliary coach turned into his playroom. It was necessary to use the microwave oven. Again.

Greg Bachkora did normal.

"Some girls want to have themselves or a duck behind the sofa, scrambling themselves to cover themselves," said the father of a player.

Another player, a new University of Missouri-Kansas City team last year, said an older player told her that Bachkora's visits were so often "I've seen my boyfriend".

Bachkora took some of the players and kissed them genuinely.

But last May, when three players asked university officials to allegiate their sexual harassment – followed by the support of the coach's entry, the large part Without real – Bachkora did not have a discipline.

He got a new microwave.

Nine months later, an open and closed case is open again, unveiling the UMKC soft ball team and hard feelings between former players, their parents and university officials. Privacy experts say, in fact, that the university violated federal law by identifying information about the young women who had allegations in the case.

As the team starts the 2019 season this month, all of the parties who complained of the program left, even though they were still eligible.

"I really left it because there was a bad situation," said one of the players. "I just thought it was curious. I'm glad to get out of school." He made me discomfort. "

Bachkora is still an assistant coach. And still enjoying amenities in the women's corridors room, according to a current player.

"I still see the same behavior. I do not think that it will go as often as it still does," said the player, who asked not to acknowledge him because of compensation. Recently, she said, the coach went in when a player was in the shower, no curtain, and "my staff had to call him out."

She did not report the alleged incident to university officials. No-one complained to anyone from May, university officials said.

The Star does not recognize alleged victims of sexual harassment if they do not agree to be nominated. Their parents are not named in this story to protect women's discrimination.

Although the players have moved from UMKC, their parents still suffer. They expected the coach to be punished.

"Encourage the parents of the girls to tell someone about this," said a former player's mother. "They were afraid to say anything, but they were told to be protected in the" Me Too "modern environment. Then, when they talk, nobody does anything.

"They gave a microwave to it. That was a catastrophe. The girls needed to know that someone was cared for."

Handling the complaints

When Mikah Thompson, the UMKC Title IX official, complained to the players first, she thought they were describing behavior that could be "harassed" sexually.

She changed her intent soon after he spoke to Bachkora.

Bachkora admitted that he went into the "different times" vegetable room – sometimes for microwave and sometimes for equipment – but said that the women were always dressed and he still announced his presence, Thompson wrote in her report to the university's human resources department.

The women told the Star that her advertisements only came after he was in the room.

Thompson said that Bachkora, 34, acknowledged that he was kissing players on the heart or on his own but in a "father, non-sexual" way. He admitted to the story of the genitalization of women.

Thompson wrote that she found Bachkora's explanations to be credible and did not recommend disciplinary action because she believed that the conversation and note in the Office of the Declaration Action records was an adequate warning. "The Title IX report will be a file employment. The review of The Star returned to the university.

She wrote, because Bachkora acknowledged that "he was engaged in the alleged behavior, there was no need for a formal investigation of the allegations."

Thompson explained the school's response to the complaints against Bachkora by emailing one of the players. She said it was said that the joke was aggressive on Bachkora. And she explained to Bachkora that "behavior that could be innocent could offend others and that many players may be uncomfortable if their coach would kiss them."

Bachkora understands that he must keep limits with the players and avoid them without unnecessary contact. "

Officers informed him when equipment is required, he should submit graduate assistance in the typing room. Thompson wrote that he had "bought a microwave-agreed department" at the UMKC athlete department and used other staff in a common area so that anyone could enter the typing room to use it.

"The problem" was present in the old microwave, "Thompson subsequently rescued The Star, adding" it's unlikely to be able to use it. "

In his email to the player, Thompson also wrote that the coach was "really surprised to hear this feedback, and I hope he'll use it to improve it." She closed telling the player to contact her "if anything like this happens again."

"I was surprised when I received the email," said the mother of the player. Microwave and talk did not like control, she said.

Thompson, who was now a professor of UMKC's body law, went on to deal with the coach's behavior.

"I'm thinking it's inappropriate, I'm thinking that this is not what should happen," said Thompson. However, she said, "There was no moment when I labeled and said, this sexual harassment is definitely within the definition of the policy."

Thompson said that a university policy allows for a range of disciplines to be completed when calls are based, from oral anxiety to winding.

"I felt it was being handled properly," she said.

Parents and parents see it differently. One father said, because Bachkora was still training, his daughter was forced to leave the university and move softly elsewhere.

"She did not want to leave UMKC but when they said they were not doing anything, they did not have any choice," he said.

In mid-December, months after the three women left a soft learning program, one of the players got a phone call from the Athletic Department's official asking for "UMKC's" good care, "said the father of the player.

When listening to him, the father challenged the official because of her daughter after harassment at UMKC and the university "nothing was due to him."

"I believe that this type of behavior from any coach is wrong," said a current player. "I do not believe they are training for young women."

Bachkora, who is from Lee Summit and was running the UMKC softball program from September 2016, did not return a message from The Star. The officials of the University, on the advice of their solicitor, said that Bachkora nor Meredith Smith Neal's coach head would not comment on this story.

One player said that Neal arrived with staff last month and asked them not to talk to the Star on this story. The player also said that Bachkora recommended them to say positive things about whom The Star went in touch.

Some of the players and former players of Bachkora have been defended, saying they never got uncomfortable around him.

He said most of the time was very helpful with the team. But she said she left school because she was not happy with the "coach style at UMKC."

Other co-supporters said they did not want to be part of this story.

Different adventure

When UMKC recently responded to The Star's request to comment on the sexual harassment case, Thompson's Northern IX report officials were emailed – and the second unexpected document.

The athletic activity of the athletic department against a soft ball player was a summary of participating in an alcohol related incident. The document recognizes three of those players involved as the ones who made a complaint about Bachkora later.

Experts who have contacted The Star say that the release of that document has been the Family Family Education and Privacy Rights, or FERPA, which prohibits a college or university to share certain information about students, including sexual harassment and disciplinary records.

"FERPA declines," said Amelia Vance, an educational privacy expert with the Future Privacy Forum, a non-profit group of lawyers based in Washington, D.C.

According to the document released by the university, in March 2018 the six high school recruitment players, who were officially visited UMKC, took part to a party outside the campus in which alcohol was consumed.

"Subsequently, some of the high school students and their parents reported the incident to UMKC," the document said. In April, the six players were suspended by the staff for an indefinite period. Some of the women, including the three players who made a complaint about Bachkora left in May, ended the university. Others were sent back.

Vance said someone could really be dumb to share disciplinary information about the players ".

But Vance's colleague at the privacy forum, lawyer Sara Collins, called the mind move.

"This was the case IX of classic registration," Collins said. "This was the endeavors of the university, I think, that girls should be returned to file a report against their coach. So, egregious. This is extremely serious and malicious."

University officials said that the data released did not contravene federal law because no one of the women was identified by name.

But that does not matter, according to Vance.

"Although they changed the names, because they knew that (The Star) knew who the girls were, it violated FERPA," she said. And no matter what the students left the university.

As the disciplinary report deals with only six of the 13 players on the last year's team, Vance said that such a small and specific group are easily recognized by the women.

The three players say they did not complain about Bachkora to return to university for their penalty the previous month. Another player with the Star said long before the party's departure, that she and other colleagues "co-friend" had created to list problems and complained to the athletes of Bachkora behavior.

Participants and their parents believe that the university has issued details of the alcohol incident to deter them and to indicate that their complaint was due to being disciplined.

"It's a load (expletive)," said no Star player. "He worries me."

She said the only reason that other members of the team did not complain was "they are afraid. They are afraid to use their voice. I'm not."

Another mother's mother told her daughter's complaint "he has nothing to do" with the university's competitiveness. "Since the girls were leaving what gave them the strength to tell something about what was going on," the mother said. "I'm worried that this is their answer.

"What, should we pass in and see 18 years of age, 19, 20 years of age due to some previous alcohol incidents? How can the university to protect it? This would not happen in the world … No one assumes that there is more. "

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