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Federal Office of Civil Rights Investigating U-M's Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Similar meetings were held at MSU in February.

Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.
Several meetings are scheduled for next week for the Office of Civil Rights to gather information.

The federal Office of Civil Rights is entering the investigation of the University of Michigan’s handling of sexual assault cases, a development prompted by two complaints it received questioning the timeliness of the university’s investigation of rape allegations against football player Brendan Gibbons

The investigators will meet with student groups and hold open houses for members of the campus community, the Detroit Free Press reports. Similar meetings were held in February on the Michigan State University campus, where it’s looking into how that university handled an alleged sexual assault by athletes in a dorm in August 2010.


The U-M meetings are scheduled for:

  • 8-9 p.m., April 15 in the Blain Room in the Michigan Union
  • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., April 16 in Room 2105D in the Michigan Union
  • 8-9 p.m., April 16 in Room 2105D in the Michigan Union
  • 9 a.m.-noon, April 17Room 2105D in the Michigan Union

Anyone is able to offer input into the investigation by emailing umichinput@ed.gov or by calling the University of Michigan Office of Civil Rights at (216) 522-4970 and referencing OCR #15-14-2111.

Two complaints were filed with the Civil Rights Office over the handling of sexual assault investigations, including one by former U-M staffer Douglas Smith. The U.S. Department of Education is currently investigating the university’s handling of allegations that Gibbons, a kicker for the Wolverines until he was expelled last December, raped another student.

In one of two Michigan State investigations, the Office of Civil Rights is looking into allegations that two athletes were accused by a female student. The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office elected not to pursue charges against the two men.
joe smoe April 08, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Why is not the Dept. Of Justice not on national news and getting involved with the Detroit race crime of the one white man getting beat beyond recognition by 10 - 12 black men last week? Eric Holder, where are you? We know if this incident were a black man being beaten by a mob of non-blacks, you and your bosses, the liar obama, and the race baiters - al sharpton and jesse jackson would be on nightly news, spewing their venom. You guys and your agendas are jokes. Glaring, bad jokes.
Prometheus April 08, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Sharpton is too busy snitching on his "brothers" to the FBI.
art April 08, 2014 at 04:38 PM
I am shocked that the DOJ would think this University of Political Correctness would do anything to harm anyone.

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