University of Michigan tries to reach 300,000 former students as part of sexual assault case with athletics doctor

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The University of Michigan is attempting to reach more than 300,000 former students, encouraging them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of sexual abuse going back decades.

The Ann Arbor school said Tuesday that it is contacting former students who were on campus from the mid-1960s through the early 2000s to ask them to call WilmerHale if they experienced abuse by the Dr. Robert E. Anderson or have information that may be relevant.

“When it completes its investigation, WilmerHale will issue a public report,” the letter from University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel states. “The report will include a full accounting of Anderson’s conduct, a discussion of any institutional failings that may have allowed him to harm others, and recommendations for preventing what Anderson is alleged to have done from happening ever again.

“The university will not influence or interfere with the investigation, nor will the university receive WilmerHale’s report until it is released to the public.”

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel previously reached out to several thousand former student-athletes who were on campus when Anderson worked as a team doctor at the school.

Anderson was employed by the university for decades until his retirement in 2003. The L’Anse native died in 2008.