April 14, 2022

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Welcome to the April 14 edition of the Weekly Roundup. We hope the last full week of classes is treating you well as you gear up for finals.

This week, Jon Vaughn and other survivors of doctor Robert Anderson returned to protest outside the president’s house, a Daily investigation found 30 years of alleged unprofessional conduct in the musicology department, ResStaff called for improved safety standards and more.

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Vaughn returns, sets up protest site at U-M president’s house

Jon Vaughn — a survivor of late former U-M athletic doctor Robert Anderson — returned to his protest campsite at the University president’s house Sunday evening. The site had previously been removed in March by the University after Vaughn had been protesting for over 150 days. Vaughn told The Michigan Daily he chose to return to the president’s house because he was frustrated at the continued lack of cooperation from U-M administrators in addressing problems of sexual abuse on campus, saying “I outlasted one president, I might outlast another.” 

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Daily investigation finds 30 years of alleged unprofessional conduct by two musicology professors

A Daily investigation into the musicology department found evidence of improper conduct by musicology professor Louise Stein and department chair James Borders. The allegations span from verbal abuse and grade manipulation to comments that violate personal boundaries and demonstrate racial insensitivity. A former graduate student who described the damage caused by the professor said, “Two years at Michigan set me back five years in my career.” Read more about the allegations and the climate of fear they created. 

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RHA calls on UMich to address enduring safety concerns in ResStaff list of demands

The Residence Halls Association (RHA) released a letter Friday afternoon accompanied by a list of 30 demands, calling on the University to improve safety standards in residence halls. Some demands include implementing physical safety measures for residential staff — such as ensuring that all residential staff’s doors have locks — as well as establishing a better reporting system and relocation protocol for residents and residential advisers who feel unsafe. Learn more about some of the issues concerning ResStaff found in a Daily investigation and how Student Life administrators reacted to these demands. 

Weekly COVID-19 positivity rates at the University are at 3.2%, with 435 cases reported last week, according to the University’s COVID-19 data dashboard. On April 8, the University announced Quarantine and Isolation Housing capacity was reduced from 432 beds to 160 beds. Because there are fewer beds, the occupancy rate rose to 22.5%. 

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