Several Central Michigan University journalism educators were reinstated to full duty in August after an independent investigations determine they did not violate school policy or steer student interns to a Lansing consultant despite knowing of hostile workplace allegations.

Central Michigan University has reinstated two journalism professors and a staff member after an external investigation determined the three did not violate university policies in relation to interns working at a firm run by TJ Bucholz, a Lansing-based political consultant and CMU alumnus accused of sexual harassment.

“We found no evidence that the (CMU professors and staff member) knowingly steered CMU students or graduates to Vanguard (Public Affairs) so that they could be exploited or harassed,” states the investigative report, produced by the Detroit-based Honigman law firm.

The report also found no evidence of a “pipeline” of CMU students going to work at Vanguard.  

However, the investigation did find that a student told one of the professors in 2016 the firm had a toxic and uncomfortable environment, and a CMU graduate told a CMU staffer in the fall of 2019 that Bucholz was a “jerk” and “creeper” who threw temper tantrums. 

CMU students continued to intern at the firm through at least November   2019, according to the report.

The journalism educators did not ask “appropriate follow-up questions” when informed of this conduct, the report states. Investigators recommended the school institute “enhanced training on how to identify the warning signs of harassment, misconduct, and retaliation,” among other changes. 

Several Central Michigan University journalism educators were reinstated to full duty in August after an independent investigations determine they did not violate school policy or steer student interns to a Lansing consultant despite knowing of hostile workplace allegations.

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CMU President Bob Davies said he believes the report clears professors Steve Coon and James Wojcik, along with university employee David Clark, of any misconduct. He repeatedly noted language in the investigation indicating students did not report sexual harassment, a hostile work environment or workplace violence to CMU professors. 

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