an article posted Tuesday in The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan's student newspaper.Violinist Stephen Shipps will officially retire from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance in May 2019, remaining on administrative leave for the winter semester and no longer having any contact with his class, according to an email said to be from Shipps, which was published in
The email was sent last Wednesday, two days after an article in The Michigan Daily described allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against Shipps that spanned a 40-year time period.
The email, which The Michigan Daily said was provided by a student who studied with Shipps last semester, said:
I would like to begin this message by saying Teri and I appreciate with wonder your letters, calls and texts. We have received so many prayers, wishes and messages of love that we are overwhelmed. For this we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Yesterday, I received a letter from Dean Gier thanking me for my years of service and placing me on Administrative Leave for the Winter Semester. We agreed that my retirement date would be May 31, 2019. So, with that agreement, I will not be returning to the SMTD.
I ask all of you to honor Dean Gier, as he is a wonderful leader placed in a very difficult position. He has been very fair with me and is a kind man. I am sure he will come up with both a short-term and a long-term solution to this issue. Finally, as part of the terms of the agreement, Dean Gier has requested that I not have contact with my class. I will honor this requirement and I request that you do too, as difficult as that may be.
You all have my most positive wishes for the remainder of your academic career at the SMTD. I also wish you great fortune as you begin your professional careers.
Best wishes to all of you,
The article also said that Shipps had vacated his office by Dec. 10, the day the original article about him was published. Shipps also went on leave Dec. 7, several days before. The University has not confirmed or denied Shipps' retirement plans.
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