Pervasive problems: Questions of a Toxic Culture at Michigan.

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Author: Megan Zahneis
Date: Feb. 4, 2022
From: The Chronicle of Higher Education(Vol. 68, Issue 11)
Publisher: Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 770 words
Lexile Measure: 1580L

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ON THE HEELS of firing its president last month, the University of Michigan announced a $490-million settlement with more than a thousand people who said they had experienced sexual abuse by Robert E. Anderson, a university physician.

Anderson, who died in 2008, treated students and athletes at the university from the late 1960s until 2003, and was accused by a former student of sexual misconduct in a 2018 letter to Michigan's athletic director. The university began an investigation in 2020 that concluded last year, finding Anderson had demonstrated a "pervasive, decades-long, destructive pattern of sexual misconduct."

News of the agreement came days after Mark S. Schlissel was abruptly fired as president because Michigan's board found he had engaged in an "alleged sexual affair" with an unnamed female subordinate. A third-party investigation, the board wrote to Schlissel, "revealed that your interactions with the subordinate were inconsistent with promoting the dignity and reputation of the University of Michigan."

Schlissel's ouster made national headlines in part because of his role adjudicating another sexual-misconduct scandal, this one involving allegations against Michigan's former provost, Martin Philbert, whom Schlissel fired in March 2020. (Michigan settled with eight of...

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