Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against U Michigan violin professor

Posted on: December 13, 2018

“An investigation has revealed previously undisclosed allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against Stephen Shipps, a violin professor at the University of Michigan,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (12/11) article in The Strad (U.K.). “The reports, brought to light by the Michigan Daily, campus newspaper of the university at Ann Arbor, span nearly 40 years, from autumn 1978 to a University-affiliated summer program in the last five years. They include accusations of unwelcome touching, sexual assault, prolonged sexual relationships with teenage students, and misogynistic and sexist verbal statements. Shipps was hired on 1st September 1989 as an associate professor of music by the university, where he has continued to have a successful career. From 2001 to 2004, he served on the Executive Committee of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the associate dean for academic affairs.” On Tuesday, Shipps stepped down as chair of strings and as director of the pre-college Strings Preparatory Program, according to the Michigan Daily. “No charges have been brought against Shipps and neither he, his lawyer nor the University of Michigan, have issued any response to the allegations.”

Posted December 13, 2018