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

February 25, 2014 at 11:44a    by DJ Byrnes    
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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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TheShookster's picture

UH OH! UH OH! UH OH!

Let's not get too excited about this though. Sure, a part of me is giggling Michigan might get in some serious trouble. But this isn't funny at all for those involved/affected.

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Oyster's picture

Yes, it is very bad news for them, but what is worse is what happened to begin with and the complete lack of response from the authorities and university.

I will take great pleasure watching the ttun faithful trying to polish this turd though.

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mh277907's picture

I want to laugh in the faces of all of the high-horse "Michigan Men" because of this - and for pretending that Ohio State and Jim Tressel are what is wrong with College Athletics - but I find not one ounce of joy in this story.

buckeyebobcat

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sharks's picture

Agreed. We'll be able to crack on those wannabe blue bloods later, but this whole situation just sucks right now.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

Denny's picture

Good. 

Taquitos.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

 

But seriously this is just awful for the young lady involved.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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Zac313's picture

Half of me wants to compare this story to the relative pettiness of tattoo-gate, but there is nothing positive that can be taken out of such a horrible situation. I just hope justice is served for all involved parties.

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RedStorm45's picture

So, on the scale of outrage...this should be above covering up trinkets for tats, no?

 

I'll wait as the national media takes its time.

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mh277907's picture

Above trinkets for tats but just below rigging a raffle.

buckeyebobcat

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FROMTHE18's picture

im a bit confused, did the federal government come in on florida state for Winston like this?

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PittBuckeye's picture

FSU defended Winston and never suspended him, plus that was the cops not the school, nothing has ever come out of that on the Winston thing. Now if in a year the school says oh no guys Jameis done did rape dat gurl, and suspend him, then we have a story.

gobucks96's picture

Guess there's more to this case than the people defending it stated..

buckeyestu's picture

Well this little bit of news, just brightened my day up. I doubt much will come from this investigation, but if the young lady was indeed raped, I hope scum pays a price even heavier than ped u, oops I meant psu. It is another cold day here and geez scum still sucks at 12:56 p.m., and they will suck even more at 12:57 p.m.

Flyermike's picture

How deep does it all go?

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hodge's picture

...  “(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.”

So I'm a tad confused, didn't Ann Arbor's Police Department investigate the incident in 2009?  Is the accusation that UM didn't do enough to drive said investigation?  Did they not report it?

kholmes's picture

The investigation by the AA Police Department is completely separate from U of M's handling of it. The AA police department is concerned with any criminal issues while U of M is related to student discipline issues and ensuring a safe environment on campus. The Title IX investigation announced today is looking at how U of M handled it and their policies. For those that are interested, The Michigan Daily (the student newspaper that broke the news of the expulsion) published a pretty exhaustive piece today on the UM policy and how it has changed over the last few years ( http://www.michigandaily.com/article/4-years-3-policies-2-standards-1-re... ). 

 

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nrobinsonpe's picture

I don't know all the details, but I know UM expelled him in December in relation to the incident.  Expelling him four years later (and immediately after his eligibility expired) reeks of corruption.

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Poison nuts's picture

M Man?

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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Earle's picture

Currently composing his lawyerly post about how dumb this all is and how DJ picked a bad picture of Brendan.  Stay tuned.

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TUNBUCK89's picture

I don't think he needs to compose anything. He already posted on this site alone pretty elaborate posts explaining how dumb this all is.

Unfortunately for him those were on the old site!

Poison nuts's picture

I think it's a swell picture!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

PittBuckeye's picture

More importantly, where do you go to find a good picture of him?

PittBuckeye's picture

This one for example, how many creepy elements are there in this picture?

 

ralEbuckI's picture

Did ryan get beetlejuiced or is that just an odd angle?

bucndc's picture

that's a good one. I almost had Yuengling coming out of my nose.

 

buckguyfan1's picture

Liar liar vest TSUN on fire.  Graham Crackers, Chocolate, and Marshmallows please. 

TUNBUCK89's picture

I am focing myself not to rejoyce in their misery because you know this could happen anywhere and i just hate karma!

IGotAWoody's picture

I hear what you're saying. The rape could happen anywhere. But the response by Michigan was uniquely bad. I would hope that very few universities would respond the way they did. I'm not rejoicing, but I am glad that this is being further investigated.

 - License to kill gophers (wolverines, badgers, etc) by the government of the United Nations

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Stinson's picture

From @ChantelJennings on Twitter: "Students chanting 'Sh*t's F*cked up, Brady Hoke, all your lies are such a joke!'"

oy.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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740Bucks's picture

As much as I want to laugh... it's bad for the conference if there is the possibility of sanctions looming for an already underachieving team that we need to be good (i.e. State Penn)

BUT... it's a terrible situation for those involved & real life trumps football.

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

MN Buckeye's picture

The university's hiding behind their changing policies smacks of incompetence and looks like a cover-up. This situation is beginning to smell like Taylor Lewan.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Whats REALLY DUMB about this is that probably nothing would have happened at all if TSUN had not decided to retroactively expel Gibbons...

Now they've opened a rotten can of worms that was hidden deep in their closet...