Northern Kentucky University athletics department employee resigns

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University now has two openings in its athletics department.

A spokesperson for NKU told 9 On Your Side on Friday that Chrissy Soards resigned as the university’s NCAA compliance director March 25 after spending the past six years at the university.

The reason for the resignation was not provided by the university.

Soards’ decision to step down comes a week after director of intercollegiate athletics Scott Eaton was dismissed for ethics violations.

On Monday, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns wrote a letter to the university’s board of regents informing them of the immediate dismissal of Eaton for "his failure to comply with the University's Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct."

"The allegations of his conduct were serious, it was persistent and totally unacceptable and that's the reason I separated him from the university community," Mearns said.

In the letter Mearns said an investigation into his decision began Friday, March 8 when he became aware of a pattern of possible misconduct. On Monday, March 11 additional information was received and outside counsel was hired the following day to conduct an independent and thorough investigation.

Officials from the university have not commented on whether or not the two situations are related.

Specifics regarding the reason behind the dismissal have not been released by Mearns emphasized any alleged actions by Eaton would not affect the school's Division I standing in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

"We have no reason to believe, absolutely no reason to believe, his behavior affected our NCAA compliance," Mearns said

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