Sexual harrassment

An investigation into a Michigan State University professor who took a stand against the school during the gymnastics scandal found insufficient evidence that her sexual relationship with a female student several years ago violated university policy. 

The Lansing State Journal reports that in a letter the university's Office of Institutional Equity found that the relationship "did not alone constitute" a violation of the sexual harassment policy in place at the time. The report also found that Ellen Fedon-Keyt acknowledged that she didn't feel forced into the relationship.

The Michigan Senate spent $269,000 to investigate and settle sexual harassment complaints against one or more senators more than a decade ago. The figure was provided to The Associated Press Wednesday in response to a public-records request. A spokeswoman says the accused senator or senators are no longer lawmakers, and the name or names won't be disclosed because the Senate doesn't release personnel records. 

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A relative of John Conyers says the longest-serving current U.S. House member won't seek re-election amid allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members.

Michigan Representative John Conyers told a Michigan Radio station he is stepping down from his seat from Congress. Calling in from a hospital, the longest serving member of Congress made the comments on the Mildred Gaddis’ radio show Tuesday morning.

"I am retiring today and I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support - incredible undiminished support I've received over the years," he said. 

Recently under fire over claims he sexual harassed former employees, Conyers maintained the accusations against him were false.

Gretchen Whitmer: Women lawmakers are sexually harrassed in Lansing

Dec 4, 2017

Former Michgian State Senator Gretchen Whitmer claims numberous women are sexually harassed in the male-dominated Capitol Building in Lansing. Whitmer, one of only two women to have been a legislative leader in Michigan, says the male-dominated Capitol has a "locker room" atmosphere in which it's not uncommon for female lawmakers and employees to confront sexual harassment. 

A southwestern Michigan high school principal who is facing a federal sexual harassment lawsuit has resigned. The resignation of Rodney Prewitt as principal of Loy Norrix High School was announced at a Thursday meeting of the Kalamazoo Public Schools' board.

It comes less than a month after he was placed on paid administrative leave pending a district investigation. Alicia Curry sued Prewitt and the district last December, saying her constitutional rights were violated due to a sexually hostile environment created by Prewitt after a brief dating relationship between them ended.