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U-Michigan creates office to handle sexual misconduct, bias

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 15:55:04-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is creating a new office dedicated to investigating sexual misconduct claims, which will provide support to victims and offer education to the campus community.

The office will have a broad portfolio, including to address civil rights issues and other discrimination.

Separately, supervisors will be prohibited from starting a romantic relationship with subordinates.

The university has been rocked by sexual misconduct scandals involving a senior official and a longtime doctor.

The new, much larger office will replace the Office for Institutional Equity.

President Mark Schlissel says the goal is to have a campus where students and staff feel safe and can thrive.