The dean of the University of North Florida’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction has resigned due to unbecoming behavior after school officials said he engaged in a sexual act Tuesday afternoon while on campus.
Mark Tumeo resigned effective immediately Wednesday, according to a statement from the university to staff, students and teachers. No further comment was available from the school, which said this “is a personnel matter.”
“It was unbecoming of a university official and doesn’t comply with the standards expected of members of our university community,” the statement reads. “It’s important to note that the conduct didn’t directly involve students or other university employees.”
A university police officer was called to Hodges Stadium just before 5 p.m. after a soccer coach said he saw two people engaged in sexual activity on an outside stairwell next to the press box entrance, according to the police report. Both men confirmed engaging in oral sex on the stairwell, having prearranged the meeting using an online gay dating site and communicated through several texts before meeting, the report said.
The report said Tumeo was standing with his back to a room outside the press box while the other man was kneeling in front of him. The other man saw someone looking at them, so he stopped and stood up, the report said.
When first questioned by police, Tumeo said he was talking with the other man about his business, adding that he “may have been bending down to tie his shoe and that may have looked out of place,” the report said. Police issued a trespass notice to the other man, who was escorted off campus.
Chip Klostermeyer has been appointed interim dean until a search for a new head of that department can be conducted, the university statement said. Tumeo has been at UNF since 2011 after working at Cleveland State University. His annual salary was $271,564 at the time of his resignation, university officials said.
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