January 31, 2014 - 6:40pm
BY SAM GRINGLAS
After remaining quiet for much of the week, University President Mary Sue Coleman weighed in on the University’s sexual misconduct policy in a statement released Thursday. The comments were Coleman’s first since The Michigan Daily reported former kicker Brendan Gibbons was permanently separated from the University in December after being found responsible for sexual misconduct.
In the statement, Coleman said no University unit or individual influences investigations carried out by the Office for Institutional Equity. The OIE is tasked with investigating cases of alleged discrimination or harassment, including sexual misconduct.
“Athletics has no influence over sexual misconduct investigations or the academic standing of student athletes,” Coleman said.
On Thursday, the Daily reported the Athletic Department was aware of Gibbons’ permanent separation at the latest on Dec. 19, according to a fax from the Michigan football program signed by the former kicker finalizing the decision.
On Dec. 23, Michigan coach Brady Hoke told reporters at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl press conference Gibbons would not play due to a “family matter.”