Oakland University Must Submit Report on Coach Firing - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Oakland University Must Submit Report on Coach Firing

Email




by Associated Press

ROCHESTER, Mich. ― A judge on Wednesday ordered Oakland University to turn over an unedited internal report on the firing of women’s basketball coach Beckie Francis, who university officials say abused players.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Martha Anderson said during a hearing Wednesday that she would decide this week how much of the report will remain blacked out.

Francis is suing the 19,000-student school to get specific information on her June 12 firing. That same day her husband, Gary Russi, announced his retirement as president of Oakland University.

Officials at the university north of Detroit in Rochester allege that Francis physically and emotionally abused players, obsessed about their weight and pushed Christian beliefs on them.

“Oakland University apparently concocted an Internal Investigation into Ms. Francis in June, 2013 which is being used as the basis for her sudden termination,” Francis’ lawyer Deborah Gordon told The Associated Press in an email. “OU has refused to release the file to Ms. Francis in spite of Michigan Law allowing employees to obtain copies of all employment records. We have filed a suit in order to obtain that Investigation report.”

Francis was in two meetings about the report’s findings and knows why she was fired, the school’s attorney, Robert Boonin, said Wednesday. Oakland University also has to consider student privacy and other privacy issues, according to Boonin.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
SUNY Albany Appoints its First Latino President The State University of New York at Albany has tapped Dr. Havidán Rodríguez to lead the institution. The prominent university administrator becomes the first Hispanic president of any SUNY four-year college. Rodríguez, 58, currently is the foundin...
Missouri Governor Signs Bill on College Police Training JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Aspiring Missouri college police officers will face the same training as other future cops under a bill signed by the governor. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday signed the legislation. Current law calls for at least 3...
University of Missouri Might Revoke Cosby’s Honorary Degree COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri System President Mun Choi wants the university to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby nearly 20 years ago. The system’s Board of Curators will vote Friday on Choi’s recommendation. A university sta...
Title IX Investigation Closed at Liberty University LYNCHBURG, Va. — The U.S. Office for Civil Rights is closing a Title IX investigation at Liberty University, saying it lacks jurisdiction over an off-campus sex assault allegation against a university employee. In a June 15 letter to university Pr...
Semantic Tags:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *