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U-M Central Student Government Seeking Review of Accused Sexual Assault Documents

Mar 3, 2014

Changes in how universities handle reports of sexual misconduct by students continue to leave questions on campus.  Even as a federal investigation is ongoing, the University of Michigan Central Student Government wants to review documents around sexual assault investigations, including of a former football player.  

 The university has consistently declined to comment or share documents citing federal student privacy laws.  

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 Central Student Government President Michael Proppe thinks a review could help students understand the process.  He says students want to understand if a 2009 case involving a former football player was handled under the original rules or the new rules put in place last year.  Proppe says they also want to know under what conditions a case could be re-opened.

Proppe understands the privacy concerns but thinks a review could be done and maintain confidentiality. He believes a student government task force reviewing the documents would be a sign of transparency and end student confusion.  He says even if they aren't allowed to review the documents they will continue to interview administrators and others that are behind the new policy.

 The Department of Education is conducting a similar review at Michigan State University.  MSU officials have also cited federal privacy issues in not discussing specifics.