The University of Michigan and Sports Doctor’s Victims Using Mediation to Resolve Assault Conflict
The University of Michigan and what could eventually be hundreds of victims are headed to mediation to resolve sexual assault accusations against a former doctor from the school, Robert Anderson. According to the allegations filed by numerous former students at the school, Anderson molested them during medical exams during his decades-long career servicing university athletes.
Now, a federal judge is ordering those involved to attempt mediation outside of the courtroom to resolve the complaints. At the moment, eight days have been carved out for the mediation attempt. There are currently more than 70 cases in court against Anderson. The university has said it is willing to settle with the victims but is hoping that settlement will come via alternative means.
Recently, U of M announced it was investigating Anderson for alleged misconduct. Anderson died in 2008.
According to claims, Anderson potentially molested hundreds of men during medical exams. Currently, WilmerHale, a third-party firm, is conducting the investigation. The law firm representing the school hopes that the investigation will be complete by October.