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HAVRE (AP) — A state hearings officer has awarded $75,000 in damages for emotional distress to a dean at Montana State University-Northern who said he was retaliated against after he told the former provost to stop touching him and filed a sexual harassment complaint.

Hearings officer Terry Spear rejected the claim by Randy Bachmeier that he had been sexually harassed by Provost Rosalyn Templeton. But Spear said a reprimand Bachmeier received a day after telling Templeton to stop touching him was retaliatory as were efforts by Chancellor James Limbaugh to make it clear that Bachmeier was not qualified to apply for the provost's job after Templeton resigned.

Spear's ruling, issued Wednesday, also orders MSU-Northern not to retaliate against any employee who files a sexual harassment complaint, as long as the complaint isn't frivolous.

Both sides have 14 days to appeal.

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Information from: Havre Daily News, http://www.havredailynews.com

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