The University of Michigan reached a $9.25 million settlement Wednesday with eight women who reported they were emotionally and sexually abused by the school’s former provost, according to the school and an attorney for the women.
The case comes at a time when multiple universities are being confronted by claims that they long overlooked damaging behavior by employees and, in some cases, paying out massive settlements.
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Martin Philbert, the chief academic officer at the school until his dismissal earlier this year, had been at the University of Michigan since 1995, when he was hired as an assistant professor of toxicology.
An investigation found that Philbert had sexually harassed multiple women, including colleagues and graduate students over many years, according to a report released by the law firm WilmerHale this summer.
Philbert did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.
“The sexual misconduct of the former university provost that has been detailed in a report from the WilmerHale law firm is abhorrent and unacceptable,” Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the university, said in a statement. “The University of Michigan failed on many levels as this individual advanced through the administrative ranks.”
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WilmerHale is also investigating numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by another former University of Michigan employee, the late Robert E. Anderson, who was a doctor at the school for many decades.
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