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ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan Central Student Government tonight released a report on its investigation of the university's handling of the new student sexual misconduct policy.

The task force, formed in February, and the investigation and its findings stem from the December expulsion of Brendan Gibbons for violating the school’s student sexual misconduct policy, stemming from a 2009 incident.

The 50-page report includes the task force's findings, and recommendations the Central Student Government makes to its president. Among those findings:

—that the university failed to explain a four-year delay between the conduct of Gibbons, a kicker on the football team, and his explusion.

—that the university failed to investigate Gibbon’s alleged sexual misconduct within the sixty-day period specified in the Sexual Misconduct Policy, after a third party contacted the university's Title IX office with a complaint alleging Gibbons' committed sexual assault conduct in 2009.

—that "either OIE/OSCR [Office of Instutitional Equity/Office of Student Conflict Resolution] failed to consistently communicate with the Athletic Department, the Athletic Department failed to consistently communicate with its coaches regarding ongoing student athlete disciplinary matters, or Brady Hoke knowingly issued false statements in December, 2013, concerning the status of Gibbons," who did not travel to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl for what Hoke, the football coach, said on Dec. 23 were "family issues."

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