September 05, 2013

Updated Sexual Harassment Policy at University of Michigan Reiterates Confidentiality of Ombuds

In response to an advisory letter from the U.S. Department of Education, U-M has adopted a new policy for how it responds to student sexual-misconduct allegations, transitioning from a complainant-driven model to one driven by University investigators. Under the new policy, which was two years in the making, the university assumes the burden of internally investigating all allegations of student sexual misconduct. The new policy clarifies that only three office, including the Office of Ombuds, can offer full confidentiality to students who report sexual misconduct. (Michigan Daily; Sexual Misconduct Policy.)

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