In a decision today, a federal judge ruled Professor Pamela Smock could proceed in her case that she was denied due process because the University punished her without allowing her to cross-examine her accusers. The decision will require the University to change its procedures in investigating and punishing professors. David Nacht states "bureaucrats and administrators have too much power. This lawsuit and this decision help accused professors level the playing field."
Joe Michaels is a 2014 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. He was born and raised in the south side of Lansing and attended Lansing Community college before transferring to Wayne State in Detroit, where he received a degree in labor studies and economics. Between college and law school, he worked as a statewide organizer for the Civil Service Employees Association, AFSCME Local 1000 in New York State.
Much has been written in the past year or so about campus rape. In prior years however, more attention has been paid to alcohol on campus with binge drinking being a focus of attention. The truth is that the two issues are linked. The University of Michigan is currently renewing its focus on a culture of excessive drinking among fraternities and sororities. Campus officials plainly are concerned about the impression of this elite university as a party school and of bad behavior by students. College campuses are strange places; students who live on campus are mostly under the lawful drinking age. Yet they live in a culture which is consumed by heavy alcohol consumption for socializing. Most of this alcohol consumption occurs in privately owned spaces, such as fraternities or sororities or apartments that are rented. Yet the activities that occur in these private spaces are dominated by students who all attend the same institution.
The film "Hunting Ground" has been sparking debate and discussion since it premiered at the Sundance film festival this January. The film features campus assault survivors as they fight back for institutional reform - from political protest to legal strategies under Title IX law. The University of Michigan is featured among the many colleges across the country currently under investigation by the Department of Education regarding response to campus sexual misconduct. Thank you to the Michigan Theater for bringing this film to Ann Arbor for a limited engagement April 3 - 5, 2015.
A University of Michigan police officer filed a whistleblower lawsuit, alleging he was passed over for promotion, and then demoted, because he raised various good faith concerns about work issues, including whether the department had improperly purchased unsafe bulletproof vests for its officers. Attorney Nicholas Roumel represents Officer Gerald Steiner. Read more
Some University of Michigan Human Resource and Financial Services workers can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now. The University has announced that it will put consolidation plans on a temporary hold after an awkward roll out of the cost saving plan. The irony surely isn't lost by the affected HR professionals.