Report alleges University of Michigan hockey culture as toxic amid bullying and retaliation complaints
A new 70-page report is out detailing serious allegations inside the University of Michigan’s storied men’s hockey program. Former players and coaches describe a toxic culture within the program, rewarding silence while also punishing those who spoke out.
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ANN ARBOR, MI - An investigation by Washington, D.C.-based law firm WilmerHale has determined the University of Michigan should take action regarding misconduct from hockey head coach Mel Pearson. Pearson has been under fire since fall 2021 after a complaint was filed against him and former director of hockey operations Rick Bancroft about multiple allegations into the hockey program, including discrimination and retaliation. Read more: Mel Pearson ‘lied repeatedly’ in Michigan hockey investigation, report saysWilmerHale investigators determined the “issues facing the hockey program require attention” and “despite prior efforts to assess and respond to allegations regarding the culture of the program, additional work remains to be done,” according to the report. “Specifically, the university should review whether (Pearson’s) conduct violates other university policies, including but not limited to Standard Practice Guide 601.90, Protection from Retaliation. Hockey Report by MLive.com on ScribdRead more from MLive:Michigan hockey assistant linked to toxic, discriminatory climate retiresLaw firm investigates Michigan hockey over allegations of COVID deception, toxic environmentmlive.com
Mel Pearson ‘lied repeatedly’ in Michigan hockey investigation, report says
ANN ARBOR, MI - University of Michigan hockey head coach Mel Pearson lied to investigators repeatedly during the WilmerHale investigation into his program, according to a leak of the report from UM author and historian John U. Bacon. Pearson has been under fire since last fall after a complaint was filed against him, former director of hockey operations Rick Bancroft about multiple allegations into his program. Those allegations included:Head coach Mel Pearson “instructing students to lie on their COVID-19 tracing forms” ahead of the 2021 NCAA Tournament opener in North Dakota. Pearson and Bancroft discriminating against female staffers and “creating a toxic work environment for female support staff.”Pearson retaliating against a student athlete for “raising concerns” about the hockey team’s culture. Read more from MLive:Michigan hockey assistant linked to toxic, discriminatory climate retiresLaw firm investigates Michigan hockey over allegations of COVID deception, toxic environmentmlive.com
Michigan hockey assistant linked to toxic, discriminatory climate retires
ANN ARBOR, MI - The University of Michigan’s director of hockey operations, who is linked to the WilmerHale investigation into the university’s hockey program, has retired. Pearson’s futurePearson, who has declined to comment on the issue to MLive/The Ann Arbor News, continues to coach the Michigan hockey team without a contract as his contract expired on May 1. “He’s working and continuing to be our hockey coach. “He’s our hockey coach, and I anticipate him being our hockey coach,” Manuel said when asked if Pearson will be the coach next season. Read more from MLive:Michigan hockey coach Mel Pearson’s contract expires; extension talks ongoingGLI has a new home, and Michigan hockey not in fieldWolverine Confidential podcast: Mel Pearson, post-spring football battles, moremlive.com
IMF expresses 'full confidence' in the leadership of Kristalina Georgieva
The International Monetary Fund decided to keep Kristalina Georgieva as its managing director despite accusations she influenced a report to favor China while at the World Bank. Prior to that, she worked as chief of the World Bank since 2017. WilmerHale said in September, that during her time at the World Bank, "Georgieva became directly involved in efforts to improve China's ranking [in the Doing Business Report]." The "Doing Business" report is a flagship piece of annual research at the World Bank that assesses how friendly a nation is for business activity. In a statement on Sept. 16, Georgieva said: "I disagree fundamentally with the findings and interpretations [of the WilmerHale report]."cnbc.com
University of Michigan president, regents will announce changes to sexual misconduct policies
These men represent a pattern of sexual misconduct that has gone public the last few years at the University of Michigan. Schlissel and regents will discuss sexual misconduct policy changes at the July 15 Board of Regents meeting, multiple sources close to the situation told MLive/The Ann Arbor News. The OIE investigation initially determined Lasecki had not committed sexual misconduct or violated the university’s sexual harassment policies. Read more: Computer science professor resigning amid sexual misconduct allegations at University of MichiganTwo other instances of misconduct in CSE include Jason Mars and Peter Chen, both professors. Between 2019 and 2020, the university responded to 177 reports of sexual misconduct, Fitzgerald said.mlive.com
Mets fire 2 high-ranking employees after workplace review
The New York Mets have fired two high-ranking employees and will overhaul their legal and human resources departments on the recommendation of independent investigators hired to review the organization following allegations of sexual misconduct against former manager Mickey Callaway.
Athletes Abused By Late Doctor Demand University Of Michigan Probe
Former athletes on Wednesday urged the University of Michigan’s governing board to launch a full investigation of sexual abuse committed by a late doctor and how the school failed to stop him during his decades on campus.detroit.cbslocal.com
New class action lawsuit aims to force University of Michigan to change policies on sexual misconduct
ANN ARBOR, MI – A class action lawsuit filed Thursday seeks major reforms of the University of Michigan’s policies and procedures related to sexual assault and violence on campus. University of Michigan officials could have stopped abuse by late athletic doctor, report findsThe class action suit filed May 20, filed on behalf of all current UM students, states the university knew about incidents of Anderson’s abuse and covered it up. The lawsuit also references the WilmerHale investigation that found former UM Provost Martin Philbert had engaged in decades of sexual misconduct with multiple women and subordinate employees. The suit also seeks procedures that make it easier for students to report sexual violence and an independent monitor who would supervise and enforce policies. A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuseBook detailing impact of late University of Michigan doctor’s abuse being drafted by survivor, law professorLate University of Michigan doctor kept working more than a year after allegedly resigning, report showsmlive.com
Report shows athletic doctor’s abuse was known, councilman facing recall: Ann Arbor headlines May 8-13
The commission, on Tuesday, May 11, approved recall petition language as sufficient and factual on a 2-1 vote, with Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary voting against. County Clerk Lawrence Kestenbaum and Washtenaw County probate judge Darlene O’Brien voted in favor. Ann Arbor bookstore closing its doors after 8 years in businessBookbound Bookstore has announced it will close permanently this summer. Personal reasons, not the pandemic, are prompting the closure of the store at 1729 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, owners Megan and Peter Blackshear said. Census data shows which areas in Washtenaw County lag behind in COVID-19 vaccinationsMaps showing where Washtenaw County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19 reveal the progress made, as well as the disparities that still remain.mlive.com
Who knew? Why did it happen? A deeper look into report on University of Michigan doctor’s sexual abuse
However, the report gives recommendations to the university about how it can promote a culture of awareness when it comes to reporting sexual misconduct and abuse. “In the meantime, OIE prioritized allegations of sexual misconduct that potentially posed an active safety risk. The report, just like the Anderson report, outlines recommendations the university can take implement to ensure sexual misconduct concerns are reported and acted on appropriately. The university is currently engaged in a confidential, court-supervised mediation process with Anderson survivors who have filed suit against the university, Fitzgerald said. At Ohio State University, survivors of physician Richard Strauss reached a settlement with the university for $40.9 million in 2020.mlive.com
University of Michigan officials could have stopped abuse by late athletic doctor, report finds
ANN ARBOR, MI – Multiple University of Michigan employees knew of alleged sexual abuse by late University of Michigan doctor Robert Anderson early on and could have brought his abuse to an end, according to a report released Tuesday afternoon. UM hired Guidepost Solutions to implement recommendations from a WilmerHale report detailing years of sexual misconduct by former provost Martin Philbert. “It’s a sad day for University of Michigan alumni, especially those abused due to the negligent actions of the University. The WilmerHale report confirms what we already knew,” said lawyer Stephen Estey, who represents 75 survivors of Anderson. READ MORE:Book detailing impact of late University of Michigan doctor’s abuse being drafted by survivor, law professorLate University of Michigan doctor kept working more than a year after allegedly resigning, report showsPilots allege abuse by late University of Michigan doctor who performed more than 4,000 physicals for FAAmlive.com
University of Michigan to pay $9.25M settlement to victims of alleged sexual misconduct by former provost
ANN ARBOR, MI — Eight unnamed women have reached a settlement with the University of Michigan in their case regarding sexual misconduct accusations against former provost Martin Philbert. Less than two months later, the university removed Philbert from his role as provost and appointed Susan M. Collins as interim provost. “The sexual misconduct of the former university provost that has been detailed in a report from the WilmerHale law firm is abhorrent and unacceptable. Once he became dean of SPH, the WilmerHale report says he insisted that female employees give him hugs. READ MORE:University of Michigan, Michigan State accelerate plans for online learning due to state orderWhat we know so far in late University of Michigan athletic doctor sex abuse caseMediation set to begin in late University of Michigan athletic doctor sexual abuse casemlive.com
University of Michigan close to implementing recommendations from former provost investigation
ANN ARBOR, MI — The University of Michigan is close to hiring an outside law firm to help it implement recommendations made in a report detailing sexual misconduct allegations against former Provost Martin Philbert. WilmerHale is also conducting a similar investigation regarding allegations of sexual abuse against late UM athletic doctor Robert Anderson. Schlissel said the health department is not seeing a spread of COVID-19 from students to unrelated members of the Ann Arbor community. Schlissel previously said the university is working out details to provide prorated room and board refunds and credits. READ MORE:Road closures for University of Michigan home football games approved by Ann Arbor‘Not this again:’ University of Michigan students react to stay-in-place orderHow to report a violation of 2-week stay-in-place order for University of Michigan studentsmlive.com
Judge: University of Michigan must tell alumni about doctor abuse lawsuits
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to inform alumni about a class-action lawsuit against the school over sexual abuse by a longtime campus doctor. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts intervened after lawyers argued that the university shouldn't be communicating with people who could become plaintiffs in the case. The university must follow up and tell people that participation with WilmerHale is voluntary and that lawsuits are pending in federal court in Detroit. Roberts said WilmerHale can't share any work with a separate team of lawyers that is defending the university. But at the same time the school is seeking to have lawsuits dismissed because too many years have passed.
Investigation reveals University of Michigan provost had history of sexual misconduct
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Former University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert sexually harassed U-M students and employees during his time at the university, according to a report released Friday. Assembled by Washington DC-based law firm WilmerHale after a six-month investigation, the report details a long history of sexual harassment, engaging in multiple sexual relationships with subordinate employees and other misconduct by Philbert. Philbert was placed on administrative leave in January when the university learned of the allegations of sexual misconduct. Instances noted in the report include:A lengthy history of sexual harassment by Philbert towards graduate students and university employees during his time working at the university. Sexual relationships between Philbert and junior staff members or subordinate employees on university property during his time as dean of SPH.
University of Michigan reaches out to 300K former students to aid in Dr. Anderson investigation
ANN ARBOR The University of Michigan has contacted more than 300,000 former students who were on campus between the mid-1960s and early 2000s encouraging those who might have information regarding the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson. The effort is the universitys second attempt to reach those who could aid an independent investigation into allegations against Anderson. Anderson is accused by scores of former students -- most of them male athletes -- of sexual misconduct during routine exams. In addition, U-M is offering confidential, free counseling to individuals impacted by Andersons actions through national survivor support service Praesidium. Those who wish to use the service may contact Praesidium at 888-961-9273 to learn what services are available in their local area.
Robert Mueller rejoins former law firm WilmerHale after Russia probe
FDA issues warning on medical devices that are vulnerable to... The FDA said it's not sure how many or even which specific medical devices, such as insulin pumps or pacemakers, are vulnerable to getting hacked. Health and Scienceread morecnbc.com