Report: University of Michigan mishandled sexual assault case of football player Brendan Gibbons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A student task force has found that the University of Michigan failed to explain a years-long delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.

The Central Student Government examined the Ann Arbor school's student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force's findings Sunday.

It says Michigan routinely failed to meet deadlines to conduct investigations and that football coach Brady Hoke likely lied about Gibbons when asked why the kicker wasn't with the team for a December bowl game. Gibbons hasn't been charged.

In a statement, university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the school hopes "the CSG's focus on these issues will lead to a greater awareness of the student sexual misconduct policy and even more survivors coming forward."

The civil rights staffers on campus are also meeting with student groups and holding open houses for members of the campus community.

The open houses will be held April 15, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Blain Room of the Michigan Union. April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 2105D of the Michigan Union, and on April 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., also in Room 2105D of the Michigan Union.

Also, anyone may offer input by e-mail until May 15, by sending a message to UMichinput@ed.gov or by calling 1-216-552-4970 and asking to speak to a member of the University of Michigan Office of Civil Rights review team.

They Office of Civil Rights was also on the campus of Michigan State University in February to hold similar meetings.

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