The University of Colorado and its attorneys said the disciplinary actions handed to three high-ranking Boulder campus employees who failed to report domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach were significant, financially and symbolically.

But how much money is significant?

The punishments for Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Athletic Director Rick George and head football coach Mike MacIntrye included a 10-day, unpaid suspension for DiStefano and a mandatory donation of $100,000 to domestic-violence support organizations by George and MacIntyre.

Financially, the admonitions are likely to hit George the hardest out of the three investigated men.

Financial hit

Following an independent investigation into top CU officials' failure to report domestic violence allegations against former assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin, the university levied punishments against Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Athletic Director Rick George and head football coach Mike MacIntrye. Here's what those penalties are relative to each employee's salary.

Phil DiStefano

Salary: $440,000

Penalty: $17,000 via 10-day unpaid suspension

Percentage of salary: 3.9 percent

Rick George

Salary: $818,700

Penalty: $100,000 donation to domestic-violence support group

Percentage of salary: 12.2 percent

Mike MacIntyre

Salary: $2.6 million

Penalty: $100,000 donation to domestic-violence support group

Percentage of salary: 3.8 percent

Source: University of Colorado; salaries are 2016-2017 earnings

The athletic director made a total of about $818,700 in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to the university, so the $100,000 charitable donation would be just over 12 percent of his yearly earnings at CU.

The financial punishments for DiStefano — who says he suggested his own suspension — and MacIntrye both come out to be just under 4 percent of their 2016-2017 earnings at the university.

DiStefano's unpaid suspension is going to cost him about $17,000 in salary, according to CU officials, and the chancellor made nearly $440,000 last year.

MacIntyre's $100,000 fine can be compared to the $2.6 million he made last year.

On Thursday, the Colorado Board of Regents voted to approve MacIntyre's $14.85 million contract extension, which is to be paid out over the next five years.

Ken Salazar — the Democratic ex-senator and former interior secretary who CU hired as legal counsel through law firm WilmerHale — told the Daily Camera the punishments were fair and significant.

"Given the nature of these violations with somebody who was reporting up to the coach about somebody who was out of state and not affiliated with the university and the failure to report, itself, I don't think there's ever been a university within the U.S. that's taken this kind of action, which is very significant action," Salazar said.

The ex-girlfriend of then-assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin told MacIntyre on Dec. 9 that Tumpkin had repeatedly and violently abused her for the last two years. MacIntyre informed George about the allegations soon after. George then informed DiStefano.

The victim left a voicemail for MacIntyre on Dec. 15, saying she was taking the allegations to the police and filing for a restraining order.

MacIntyre still chose Tumpkin to call defensive plays in the Buffs' appearance at the Alamo Bowl. CU claimed not to have heard about the restraining order until Jan. 6, when a Daily Camera reporter called with questions for the university, but an outside investigation into the matter showed this to be false.

University of Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre, left, and then-assistant Joe Tumpkin call plays during the Buffs’ appearance in the Alamo
University of Colorado head football coach Mike MacIntyre, left, and then-assistant Joe Tumpkin call plays during the Buffs' appearance in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 29. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Tumpkin was suspended Jan. 6 and asked to resign on Jan. 27. On Feb. 1, he was arrested and later charged with five felony counts of second-degree assault. He's the subject of ongoing criminal prosecution in Broomfield.

DiStefano said he chose not to report the domestic abuse allegations to CU's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance because he didn't believe he had to, based on university policy.

"The suspension of a chancellor is a very major initiative," Salazar said. "I don't think there's a chancellor in the U.S. that's been suspended for any time with respect to these failure to report violations."

In a May signal of intent to sue CU filed with the university, the accuser's New York-based attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said his client should be compensated around $5,000 a day for the 2-year period she suffered the alleged abuse. That would equal about $3.7 million.

"Mr. Tumpkin's abuse, and the university's failure to address and stop such activity, is a part of a history of ignoring and, indeed, covering up abusive behavior by people associated with the university football team," Ginsberg wrote in the claim.

An outside investigatory report declines "to make an inference, positive or negative, as to the state of mind or intent of MacIntyre, George or DiStefano."

It does, however, point out instances in which it would appear the high-ranking employees placed the university's football program or their own reputations above the well-being of an allegedly abused woman.

CU President Benson and the Board of Regents decided on the disciplinary actions handed to the three men investigated, first and foremost, by concluding there was no ill intent on the CU employees' behalf in their failure to report the abuse allegations.

Benson initially told the Daily Camera he came to this decision from knowing the three men and their families, but later clarified that statement, saying he read the outside investigation and considered all the evidence.

Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-473-1106, hernandeze@dailycamera.com, twitter.com/ehernandez