U of M Reaches Agreement to Settle Sexual Abuse Lawsuits With Students
The University of Michigan has settled a lawsuit with students over sexual abuse brought on by three former school employees.
University of Michigan Settle Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Not only did the U of M reach a settlement agreement for the sexual abuse lawsuits from students but part of the agreement will require new changes in how the campus handles sexual misconduct with a multidisciplinary standing committee moving forward.
Former U of M Doctor Robert Anderson
According to WOOD, U of M will pay $490 million in a settlement to students who suffered sexual assault by former campus doctor Robert Anderson.
Anderson who worked as the campus doctor for 40 years had hundreds of male school athletes throughout his entire career bring up incidents to U of M staff only to be overlooked until 2020.
Anderson passed away in 2008.
Former U of M Provost Martin Philbert
Martin Philbert worked for the university for over 25 years and climbed through the ranks to make it all the way to Michigan's senior academic official. He was ousted from his position in 2020 when several women accused him of sexual and emotional abuse.
The University of Michigan will now pay with women in the lawsuit $9.25 million in damages.
Former U of M President Mark Schlissel
The University of Michigan began showing a change in how they dealt with sexual misconduct at the school earlier this year when they removed former university president Mark Schlissel from an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between him and an employee at the school.
The University of Michigan Has a Black Eye
The University of Michigan now has a black eye on sexual misconduct. It will take several years for students to rebuild the trust in how the campus deals with these types of issues moving forward. By court order, they are putting in a staff of people dedicated to taking these types of allegations seriously called the Coordinated Community Response Team. A team of 30 people will be responsible for seeing that sexual abuse and misconduct no longer are on the campus.