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    Accusers of doctor Robert Anderson sue UM over public comment rules

    Detroit – Ten people who say they were molested by Dr. Robert Anderson sued the University of Michigan on Thursday over a policy that limits the number of people who can offer public comment at meetings of the school’s governing board.

    The lawsuit was filed on behalf of nine men and a woman who said Anderson abused them during his decades as a campus physician. They said they were denied an opportunity to address the Board of Regents in July, in violation of Michigan’s open meetings law.

    The university caps the number of speakers and limits the number of people who can talk about a specific topic at five.

    Regents have been meeting by video conference during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2017, the number of speakers was increased to as many as 17, under certain conditions, from 10.

    Five people who said they were assaulted by Anderson spoke in July, spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said.

    Regents have the “authority to establish rules by which members of the public may address a meeting of the board, and the process in place at U-M is consistent with those at other Michigan public universities,” Fitzgerald said.

    Fitzgerald said there have been many people allegedly abused by Anderson who have spoken before the regents.

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