Statement from the University of Michigan Board of Regents and President Mark Schlissel
Throughout the investigation of Dr. Anderson, we have sought to provide a safe and secure environment for survivors to share their stories. It is imperative that we continue to provide resources to support the survivors who bravely share their truth.
To help us in this investigation, we hired an attorney because of his expertise, integrity, and experience, including his twelve years as a federal prosecutor whose job was to investigate complex, historical matters and bring facts to light, particularly in public corruption cases. He and his team already have significantly moved this investigation forward.
However, over the past few days we have become aware that a different set of attorneys in a different branch of this multinational firm once represented prominent clients who were accused of sexual misconduct. After consulting with survivors, we have determined that this could discourage survivors hurt by Dr. Anderson from coming forward.
As a result, we have decided to engage a different firm to complete the investigation, while working to ensure a smooth transition and continue the progress we have made. We will have more details in the very near future.