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Prof. Hammer hopes for
quick decision in lawsuit



From Page 1A .
on the University's summary dis-
position filed in March 2008. The
second moved to enforce protec-
tive orders, which would keep
details of the case private. Neither
party has been following the pro-
tective orders thus far in the pro-
The motion to enforce the pro-
tective orders over the case was
postponed indefinitely by the
court, which neither party pro-
Giddings placed a new protec-
tive order on certain details of the
case duringthe hearing on Friday,
which both parties intend to fol-
low. The information under this
protective order will remain under
wraps until the summary hearing
in November.
Though unwilling to speak
about intimate details of the case,
Hammer expressed relief over the

decision to move the case along.
"I'm very happy the court has
scheduled a hearing date," Ham-
mer said. "Hopefully the court will
determine.that this matter can be
set for trial.
"I'm hoping by getting this
thing all geared up again, we can
anticipate a decision shortly after
the hearing."
The filing of the lawsuit came
after Hammer was denied ten-
ure in 2003. Hammer had been
approved for tenure by a review
board for the University by a 4-1
vote, but his tenure was denied
when tenured Law School faculty
voted 18-12, two votes shy of the
two-thirds vote required to be
granted tenure.
Hammer left the University
shortly after being denied tenure
and filed a lawsuit against the Uni-
versity in 2004, alleging he was
discriminated against because of
his sexuality, which would violate

the University's non-discrimina-
tion policies.
The University initially argued
that an alleged violation of Univer-
sity policy could notbe pursued in a
legal setting, but changed its argu-
ment in 2006 due to pressure from
faculty. Since then, the University
has shifted strategy, instead argu-
ing that discrimination had no role
in Hammer's tenure decision.
University spokeswoman Kelly
Cunningham, while unable to
discuss the University's legal
strategy, said the University does
its best to ensure that discrimi-
nation does not occur within the
"The University is committed
to inclusiveness and non-discrimi-
nation for all members of our com-
munity," Cunningham said in an
e-mail. "The university has bylaws
and policies, and entire systems in
place to make sure those policies
are working properly."



The Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Kappa Gamma sororities face off yesterday in the playoffs of the 77th annual Mud Bowl
Tournament put on by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The top two teams will advance to the finals, which is played in a
mud pit outside of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house.

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Hazing occurs in, but extends beyond, varsity athletics and
Greek-letter organizations; 55% of college students involved in
clubs, teams, and athletic organizations experience hazing*
In 95% of the cases where students identified their experience
as hazing, they did not report the events to campus officials*
Nine out of ten students who have experienced hazing behavior
in college do not consider themselves having been hazed*
A person cannot consent to be hazed
Report incidents of suspected hazing to: hazinghotline@umich.edu
*From national study, "Hazing in View: College Students at Risk,"
released March 2008; www.hazingstudy.org

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