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University of Michigan President Fired

The University of Michigan has fired its president, Mark Schlissel, after an investigation into allegations he had an affair with a subordinate, the Washington Post reports.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the university's board of regents received an anonymous complaint in December that alleged there was an inappropriate relationship between Schlissel and a subordinate. It adds that a subsequent investigation unearthed a number of inappropriate emails and text messages that Schlissel sent over a number of years to the subordinate.

The Post adds that the board removed Schlissel from his position on Saturday evening. The board called Schlissel's actions "egregious" as he had been involved in the handling of harassment complaints against other Michigan employees and as he had committed himself to ridding the university of inappropriate conduct, the Free Press reports. "The issue of sexual misconduct at the University of Michigan, and at all of our nation's campuses, keeps me awake at night," Schlissel wrote at the Post in 2015.

Mary Sue Coleman, former UMich president, is to serve as interim president, the Free Press notes.

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