Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights Investigating Michigan's Response to 2009 Sexual Assault Case

By DJ Byrnes on February 25, 2014 at 11:44a

File this under "the worst news possible" for Michigan: the Feds are investigating Michigan's lethargic response to Brendan Gibbon's 2009 sexual assault on a fellow UM athlete. From The Detroit News:

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the University of Michigan failed to promptly respond to an alleged 2009 rape of a student involving a football player, The Detroit News has learned.

... Jim Bradshaw, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education, confirmed Tuesday morning that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating a Title IX complaint involving U-M.

...  “(The Office for Civil Rights) has determined it is appropriate to proceed to investigation on the following issue: that the University failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice, and, as a result, students were subjected to a sexually hostile environment.”

The article also notes a group of students will march on Michigan's administration building today in protest of officials  “hampering transparency and safety to protect their own profit-making abilities and reputations.”

This is bad, bad news for Michigan.

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