REPORT: Michigan football kicker was given the boot after University finding of sexual misconduct
6:33 PM, Jan 29, 2014
9:29 PM, Jan 29, 2014
ANN ARBOR (WXYZ) -
Just before the last game of his college career, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the starting kicker for the University of Michigan's football team was given the boot by the University, according to The Michigan Daily.
"We know that these documents show that he was permanently separated from the University for sexual misconduct," said Michigan Daily reporter Adam Rubenfire who worked on the story with colleague Matt Slovin.
"The public needed to know he was found responsible in the eyes of the University for this," Slovin told 7 Action News Wednesday.
Both Rubenfire and Slovin are University of Michigan seniors.
The two were able to review a document that originated from the University's Office of Student Conflict Resolution that Rubenfire says, " directly quotes a part of it that said he had unwanted or unwelcome sexual conduct with another person."
Action News was unable to reach the former kicker, Brendan Gibbons for comment.
The University of Michigan released the following statement to 7 Action News late Wednesday:
"Questions have been raised about the University of Michigan's response to allegations of sexual misconduct in 2009. Those allegations were handled in accordance with the university policy in effect at the time.
The university now adheres to the institution's policy on sexual misconduct by students, which was adopted in 2013. The Office for Institutional Equity is the designated university office for conducting investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct involving students. In implementing university policy, OIE treats all students equally and conducts fair and impartial investigations.
Our current process allows that, if new information is obtained at a later point, the university could commence an investigation at that time.
In accordance with the university's policy of not disclosing details about student disciplinary actions, we will not release the results of any investigation. The university does produce and publish annual reports on aggregate student disciplinary sanctions through the Office of Student Conflict Resolution."
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