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Federal judge: U of M president should appear in court in sexual misconduct case against student

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel at podium
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File photo of University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel.

A federal judge says the University of Michigan is wasting public money and shielding its president from appearing in court in a sexual misconduct case.

Judge Arthur Tarnow called for U of M president Mark Schlissel to appear for a public settlement conference in a case involving a U of M graduate student.

The graduate student is accused of sexual misconduct.

He denies the allegations and is suing the university after U of M froze his undergraduate degree and academic transcript before the school completed its investigation.

The case was originally slated to be heard in a closed courtroom, which the university agreed to, but Tarnow reversed his decision citing public interest.

The university then filed a last-minute request with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals block Schlissel's appearance at the hearing. The appeals court agreed to delay the hearing.

Tarnow wrote in a brief that the university is more concerned with keeping the president out of the public eye than resolving sexual misconduct cases. 

The case comes after a federal ruling that requires universities to allow cross-examination in sexual misconduct hearings. 

Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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