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Dept. of Education coming to Michigan for review of sexual misconduct policy

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The U.S. Department of Education is making its way to the University of Michigan to review the timeline from the investigation into the response to the Brendan Gibbons sexual misconduct incident. Gibbons was expelled in December although he was never charged by police because the alleged victim chose to seek punishment through the university’s administrative offices.

Michigan started using a new sexual misconduct policy in 2011 but it did not become the standard until last August. This is the likely explanation for why Gibbons, a kicker for the Wolverines, was allowed to remain on the football team and as a member of the university until last December, as the investigation had been going on for close to a year. According to a report, the university made a request to Ann Arbor police for documents related to the Gibbons case in October. He was expelled from the university two months later. The DOE began to inquire about the handling of the case back in February, according to a previous report.

This is similar to the recent investigation news relating to Florida State’s handling of the Jameis Winston investigation. Last week it was reported the Department of Education was heading to Tallahassee to review all cases of sexual misconduct at the university, and not just the Winston case. It is believed the DOE will compare and contrast how Florida State responded to the Winston allegations with other incidents not linked to student-athletes.

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7 Responses to “Dept. of Education coming to Michigan for review of sexual misconduct policy”
  1. budzo83 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:24 PM

    Wait, so you’re telling me that student athletes get preferential treatment?

  2. indi0228 says: Apr 7, 2014 8:13 PM

    um’s slimy progran knew what this kid did 4 years ago and turned a blind eye until his eligibility was used up. Sad

  3. barkleyblows says: Apr 7, 2014 8:44 PM

    Not really shocking coming from a dirty school like michigan!

    Go blow!

  4. cfballfan1 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:36 PM

    It’s not just the universities that need investigation by the Feds – add the local police departments too.

  5. jrs45 says: Apr 7, 2014 10:40 PM


  6. sparky151 says: Apr 8, 2014 11:42 AM

    If a student says she was raped, she should go to the police, not a professor. University tribunals are no place to resolve serious crimes. If Gibbons is a rapist he should be in prison. The fact the alleged victim didn’t want to go to the police (which would also mean giving Gibbons a fair trial) is a red flag. If she is unwilling to provide evidence, then calling Gibbons a rapist might simply be slander.

  7. mogogo1 says: Apr 8, 2014 1:53 PM

    Not defending this guy, but the idea that a mere accusation should be enough to get a guy thrown off the team or even completely out of school seems like a policy just asking for abuse.

    Filing a false police report is a crime. But if you run to the school with some made up story is there anything that happens even if it’s proven to be a lie?

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