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Mon April 14, 2014
Michigan Student Group Report Critical Of University Response To Sexual Misconduct Allegations
A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.
The Central Student Government examined the school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday. Central Student Government President Michael Proppe says one finding really stuck out.
"The university was consistently missing its 60-day deadline to investigate sexual misconduct," Proppe says. "And the main reason they were missing it was a lack of staffing. They only had one full-time investigator."
Proppe says when the university's new sexual misconduct policy went into effect, the number of cases being reported skyrocketed.
The report also says that football coach Brady Hoke likely lied about Gibbons when asked why the kicker wasn't with the team for a December bowl game. Gibbons hasn't been charged.
University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says he's glad the CSG takes the issue of sexual misconduct seriously, as the university does, "and we hope that as the Central Student Government focus on these issues will actually lead to a greater awareness of the student policy on sexual misconduct, and perhaps leading to more survivors coming forward to report their experiences to the university."