Chancellor Blank statement on Bo Ryan

March 5, 2016

In February 2015, the University of Wisconsin—Madison received allegations related to the possible misuse of university resources and personal conduct of former Head Basketball Coach Bo Ryan. Prior to that, Coach Ryan had disclosed to the university that he had had an improper personal relationship with a person unaffiliated with the university.

The university’s Office of Legal Affairs and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics performed a thorough review after receiving this information. In this case, and in all others, the university takes conduct allegations seriously, reviews them thoroughly and takes action, when appropriate. These allegations did not involve any other member of the campus community beyond Bo Ryan.

The university determined on May 13, 2015, that Ryan did not utilize university resources during the course of the relationship in question. The university concluded the issue was a private matter. Bo Ryan’s resignation on Dec. 15, 2015, was entirely his decision.