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Sexual misconduct case second for U of M this year

University of Michigan

Another sexual misconduct case at the University of Michigan involving a school official, this time the University’s provost.  

Martin Philbert has been on paid leave since January, when school officials received several allegations of sexual misconduct. Although he’s lost his job as provost, he will remain on the payroll as a faculty member with tenure protection while the investigation continues.

The university said Philbert was notified in a letter from President Mark Schlissel that he was losing his provost role. The investigation will determine if the school ultimately attempts to remove Philbert as a faculty member.

The university has said the allegations against Philbert don’t involve students.

He joined the university in 1995 as a toxicology professor and eventually became dean of the School of Public Health. Philbert was appointed provost in 2017 and was paid $570,000 a year.

Separately, the university is investigating claims that a campus doctor molested male athletes for decades. Dr. Robert E. Anderson died in 2008.

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