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Michigan Settles for $9M in Provost Harassment Case

November 20, 2020

The University of Michigan will pay $9.25 million to eight women whom Martin Philbert, a former provost, harassed during his tenure, according to the Detroit Free Press. The women, whose names have not been made public, could still sue Philbert himself, as he is not part of their agreement with Michigan.

Michigan released Philbert from his duties in January and later released an outside report finding that he’d harassed women over two decades, starting when he was an assistant professor. While he was dean of the School of Public Health, prior to becoming provost, Philbert engaged in sexual relationships with at least three staff members, using university offices to do so and storing explicit photos on his university-owned devices, Michigan’s inquiry also found. As provost, Philbert was in simultaneous sexual relationships with at least two university employees, according to the investigation. Philbert did not participate in the inquiry, which also found that some university officials knew about the behavior but did not formally look into it.

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