Content Warning: This article describes sexual abuse.
The University of Michigan Regents Council met Thursday, their first meeting since shooting former university president Mark Schlissel for participating in the en inappropriate attitudes with a subordinate. Schlissel’s dismissal came after the former president advertised the changes relationship policy with the head in response to sexy misconduct at the university.
University educator Isabelle Bruhrman, a survivor of sexual violence, has criticized the re-appointment of interim president Mary Sue Coleman.
“It’s not enough to fire Schliesel,” Bruhrmann said in public comments. “You fired one president for sexual abuse and then hired another who was historically indifferent to it. Despite her comments today, Mary Sue Coleman has demonstrated that she is part of the problem. ”
Bruman said Coleman and the university knew about the former vice rector Martin Filbert previous allegations of sexual abuse when he was appointed dean of the School of Public Health.
In an interview with The Michigan Daily, Bruhrman said she had applied lawsuit v. the university after her request to the FOIA – a search for information on an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Comfort committed in 2008 and 2016 – was never granted.
“(Bruman and other survivors) were interested in what (the university) knew about each (abuse case) during the investigation because we had never heard from them and we still haven’t received from the university,” Bruman said. what shocks me the most is that they could have known that there was someone he was abusing when they looked in his university e-mail and his computer, which they chose not to contact. ”
In addition to the lawsuit, Bruhrman said she is actively working to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are represented on the Presidential Search Committee.
“We hope the university will take seriously what I asked for, namely: to appoint UM survivors – unfortunately there is plenty to choose from – to help run the president’s selection committee,” Bruhrman said.
Bruhrman added that if the university extends the invitation to join the committee, it will accept.
“A huge part of why we do what we do is that we don’t trust the administration to protect (students),” Bruhrman said. “And God forbid, unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that if, God forbid, something happens to a student and they are raped, then instead of protecting them they will be perceived as a threat to the school and its reputation, and that must change.”
Harold Ford, a graduate of Ann Arbor and Flint campuses, said he was disappointed by the many scandals with sexual behavior at the university.
“You’re not just obligated to pursue politics,” Ford said. “But you have to control and enforce it. The story should not end with retribution and politics. There are systemic reforms that you need to attend. “
Ford said the university should take action and remove the statue of Bo Shembehler and replace it with a statue of Jonathan Vaughn.
“But you can start with something simple: take down a statue,” Ford said. “Penn State did the right thing when they removed the statue (Joe Pattern) that allowed sexual predation. Do it right. Demolish this statue. Instead, put one – this is my suggestion – John Vaughn. John Vaughn is my hero. Not a successful coach who looked the other way. “