Central Michigan University (CMU) has hired outside legal counsel to investigate its ties to TJ Bucholz, a Lansing consultant and CMU alumnus whose past employees say he sexually harassed them. Six women, most of whom are CMU alumnae, who worked for Bucholz have come forward with similar stories of a toxic and degrading workplace.
Young women who’ve worked for Bucholz say they were sexually propositioned, compared to Hooters’ waitresses, asked to join he and his wife for a threesome, and brought into his office for no reason other than him to look them up and down with his mouth open – among other allegations.
CMU hired former U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider to conduct an independent investigation into whether or not anyone at CMU knew about the allegations of the sexually charged and toxic work environment to which they sent their students.
CMU President Bob Davies sent a letter to students saying faculty and staff at the University may have had knowledge of the situation and, apparently, still sent a steady stream of women to intern and work for Bucholz after graduation.
Two CMU staff members have already been placed on leave due to the investigation. The university’s student run newspaper reported Journalism faculty member Steve Coon and student media adviser Dave Clark have been temporarily removed from their positions. Steve Coon was listed on Vanguard’s website as a consultant, which has since been taken down.
When 2015 graduate Mariah Prowoznik was looking for a job, Coon told her he’d “put in a good word with the CEO,” referring to Bucholz at Vanguard.
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