The University of Michigan has reached a sexual harassment settlement involving eight women for $9.25 million.
The allegations involved Martin Philbert, the former provost and chief academic officer at the school, the school and the women's lawyers confirmed. The Detroit Free Press reports:
Philbert, the second-highest administrator at the University of Michigan, had a lengthy history of sexually harassing female employees and had sexual relationships, including in university offices, while being promoted time and time again, an independent investigation released this summer found.
"Over the course of his employment by the University — while he was an assistant professor, an associate dean, Dean of SPH (School of Public Health), and Provost — Philbert sexually harassed multiple members of the university community, including both graduate students who worked in his research lab and university employees. Some allegations and other information about Philbert’s conduct reached university officials; others never came to their attention," the report by the law firm WilmerHale said.
Correction: The original Deadline Detroit story incorrectly said the settlement involved a lawsuit. There was no lawsuit filed.