The former grounds chief at ISU has filed a police report against the University President Timothy Flanagan alleging assault. R. Patrick Murphy filed the report with University police Thursday, though the incident in question happened December 5th. Murphy alleges Flanagan berated him over aeration being done on the lawn of the President's House on Gregory Street. Murphy accuses Flanagan of being too close, that saliva from Flanagan hit Murphy, and that Flanagan's arm brushed Murphy. Murphy was fired days later, only a few days before his probationary period in his job was due to end and Civil Service protection was due to kick in. Members of the grounds crew were witnesses. Murphy listed other University officials in the police report saying he had talked about the incident to them. A spokesman for the President's office says they are aware of the report. Jay Groves says they will not comment on investigations or personnel issues, but he believes no assault occurred. ISU Police say they are investigating the complaint and will forward a copy of the results to the McLean County State's Attorney's office.
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