News Briefs

Ann Arbor resident Eric Sturgis announced his write-in candidacy for the City Council 1st ward Thursday.

Less than a month before the Nov. 3 general election, Ann Arbor resident Eric Sturgis announced he is running as a write-in candidate for City Council in Ann Arbor’s 1st Ward. Sturgis will challenge University of Michigan professor Lisa Disch for the open seat.

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The University of Michigan will begin voluntary COVID-19 testing next week, with plans to reach a weekly testing goal of approximately 3,000 individuals by the end of September, University President Mark Schlissel said in an email to students Thursday.

The University announces its new grading policy for the upcoming academic year.

In an email sent to students and faculty Thursday morning, Provost Susan M. Collins announced a new undergraduate grading policy at the University of Michigan for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The University of Michigan will no longer ask about misdemeanor charges on applications.

The University will no longer require applicants to mark a box asking whether they have a misdemeanor charge filed against them, according to University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.

According to Fitzgerald, the University began asking applicants about “criminal or conduct issues” in 1999. He said while criminal background is one factor in a student’s application, the holistic application process makes it so that a student is not immediately disqualified from admission if they check the box saying they have a criminal history.

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The Division of Public Safety and Security issued a crime alert Monday morning detailing a home invasion that occurred at 2:10 a.m at Northwood V housing on North Campus. 

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The WilmerHale investigation into allegations of sexual assault by former University of Michigan Doctor Robert Anderson can now continue, the Eastern District Court of Michigan ruled Thursday.

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The University of Michigan announced Friday afternoon that the Michigan Union, Pierpont Commons, the Michigan League and the Detroit Center plan to reopen in the coming weeks. While the status of courses are forthcoming after the University announced plans in late June to welcome students back to campus, the reopening plans for these spaces include enhanced cleaning and safety protocols, including the University-wide mask mandate.

Susan Pile, senior director of Michigan Union and Auxiliary Services, emphasized the importance of continuing to follow protocols put in place for safety.

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On Monday morning, Martino Harmon, University vice president of student life, and University Medical Director Robert Ernst announced several updates for the fall semester.

The email included announcements regarding a new “Wolverine Culture of Care” to promote best practices as students return, a new symptom checker app that will be available to students and faculty, and the announcement that students must self-quarantine before returning to campus, regardless of plans to move into on or off-campus housing.

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WilmerHale released its 88-page report of its independent investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct by former University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert Friday.

After beginning the investigation in January 2020, the report found “significant evidence” that Philbert violated the University’s Sexual Harassment policy. It identified numerous times when University personnel and administration received information about Philbert’s sexual misconduct.