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University of Michigan / umich.edu

University of Michigan president Dr. Mark Schlissel says this is the first global pandemic of the modern biomedical age, and we're learning and making history as we go.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about the new academic year now getting underway and says everything involving campus life and university athletics "will be as safe as possible" as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.


James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

It was July of 2016 when Dr. James Smith began his tenure as president of Eastern Michigan University. Over the course of five years, he has faced difficult challenges and had inspired successes. Dr. Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to reflect, assess, and project forward. 


Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents says it is deeply concerned by recent allegations involving sexual assault on campus.

SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Education and efforts continue in Washtenaw County, including this weekend's "Everesting Challenge."  SafeHouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May, and two of the center's board members, will take on the challenge to to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges and money to address them.  Niess-May disucussed all of it in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


Debbie Dingell
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Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of attention on Washtenaw County--most of it positive, but not all.  WEMU’s David Fair and 12th District Congressional Representative Debbie Dingell discuss increased investment in combatting coronavirus in the area and at Willow Run Airport.  The Dearborn Democrat also explains why she has asked the federal Department of Education to look at Title IX allegations leveled against Eastern Michigan University.

Take Back The Night Ann Arbor

University of Michigan students and other community members are gathering on U of M’s campus tonight to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Eastern Michigan University

Eleven women have filed a lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University accusing it of ignoring reports of sexual assault on and around its campus.

Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

Barbara Niess-May has provided a voice for survivors of sexual assault in Washtenaw County for decades.  Currently, she serves as the executive director of SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, which provides shelter, counseling, legal help, and other services for such victims.  Niess-May joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her work, the progress made, and what lays ahead.  


Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Sheriff / twitter.com

The COVID-19 pandemic is approaching its peak, but the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is making necessary adjustments.  While some deputies have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and others are quarantined, those on the job are working longer and more staggered shifts.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton Joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss operations and the plan to protect and serve as the ourbreak worsens. 


Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

The #MeToo movement continues to spread awareness of sexual harassment and abuse throughout the country.  The silver lining is more women are coming forward, and community conversations are taking place.  However, harassment remains underreported, and insufficient workplace and judicial systems are in place to end systemic support of such behaviors.  Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss her op-ed piece, "Sexual Harrassment: Its Impact and Solutions." 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was the keynote speaker Tuesday morning at the fifth annual "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit held at Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


SafeHouse center / https://www.safehousecenter.org/

The SafeHouse Center shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Ann Arbor is constantly at, or near, capacity.  The number of helpline calls to the center is at an all-time high.  These are insidious and pervasive issues right here in our home community.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair sat down with SafeHouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May, to discuss where we've come, where we are, and where we need to go.


Michigan State University
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Michigan State University has agreed to three years of federal oversight.  As Cheyna Roth reports, the US Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced a resolution to a civil rights investigation.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was found guilty Wednesday of misconduct.  Cheyna Roth reports.


Michigan State University
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A jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the trial of former Michigan State University Dean William Strampel.  As Cheyna Roth explains, Strampel is accused of two felonies and two misdemeanors.


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Opening statements and first witnesses were called yesterday in the criminal trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.  Cheyna Roth was in the courtroom for the case of The People versus William Strampel.


EMU Police Hosts Denim Day Activity On Campus

Apr 24, 2019
Jorge Avellan / WEMU

To help increase awareness about sexual assault, Eastern Michigan University's Police Department participated in Denim Day on Wednesday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.
 


Denim Day
Denim Day / denimdayinfo.org

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today is Denim Day.  These designations are designed to increase awareness about sexual assault and the societal behaviors and perceptions that must be changed.  Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May joins WEMU's David Fair to discuss what Denim Day has accomplished and what still needs to be done. 


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was in court today and will return to continue the hearing today.  A judge is deciding whether Simon should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.


Dana Nessel
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

It started last October.  More than 70 police officers, special agents, and government officials executed search warrants on each of the seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan simultaneously.  They loaded vehicles with boxes and filing cabinets – everything they could find related to potential sexual abuse by priests who have worked in Michigan from 1950 until now.  Attorney General Dana Nessel says Michigan is the first state to execute a search warrant on the Church in this way.  Now, Nessel says she expects her office’s investigation to last at least two years.   


Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Stories of sexual harassment and assault have dominated the media recently.  EMU sociology professor Roger Kernsmith and his colleagues wanted to learn more on this phemonenon by developing a campus-wide survey for students asking about their thoughts on the University's sexual misconduct culture.  Kernsmith talks all about his project with WEMU's Patrick Campion on this week's "Focus on EMU."


David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

A year has passed since the #MeToo movement brought more attention to sexual assault and harrassment.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May and U of M law professor and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastrern District of Michigan Barb McQuade about how the movement has emboldened survivors and launched a conversation that will create positive change in the years to come.  


Nassar’s Eaton County Appeal Denied

Sep 7, 2018
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Attorneys for convicted serial sexual predator Larry Nassar were back in court Thursday.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment for decades.


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The judge who told Larry Nassar she signed his death warrant when she sentenced him says there is no reason for him to be resentenced.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting multiple young patients.


Nassar Denied New Judge For Appeal

Aug 15, 2018
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Larry Nassar’s attempt to have a new judge consider his appeal in Ingham County has been denied.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.


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After a marathon sentencing hearing, Larry Nassar wants a do-over.  Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  He wants to be resentenced; but first, he wants a new judge.


John Engler
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Michigan State University’s interim president will appear before a US Senate subcommittee today.


Michigan Capitol
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Details of a proposed settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar have come to light.  Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.  It's a condition of the settlement has upset some state lawmakers.


Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on what kinds of evidence can be admitted in sexual assault cases.


John Engler
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Survivors of sexual assault want Michigan State University interim president John Engler gone.  More than 100 survivors of disgraced MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar are calling for Engler’s termination.  This stems from emails between Engler and an aide published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.


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