Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 6, 2012

University moves forward with consultants on campus security

The Board of Regents has selected a top-ranked international law firm to conduct an external review of the situation involving a former pediatric resident who is charged with possession of child pornography.

The regents have retained the services of Latham & Watkins for the external review, specified in a unanimously approved Feb. 16 resolution. The firm was recommended by President Mary Sue Coleman and Board of Regents Chair Denise Ilitch.


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The review will be led by Chicago-based attorney Zachary T. Fardon. Fardon is a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor who chairs his firm’s litigation department in Chicago. His practice focuses on internal investigations, government investigations, white-collar defense and complex business litigation.

Fardon will lead the effort to provide a full and fair investigation of the matter and make recommendations for effective corrective measures. The review will consist of an independent investigation of the facts; advice to the university on its internal controls and procedures; and assisting the university with any corrective actions.

Separately, in response to recommendations from an internal audit, the university has chosen a consulting firm with deep roots in higher education and hospital security to conduct a cultural assessment of the university’s security units. The firm of Margolis Healy & Associates also will perform a study comparing U-M’s campus security operations to those of peer institutions.

This step was outlined in the management response to the report from University Audits, adopted Feb. 10. The audit came after a six-month delay in properly responding to the report of suspected child pornography found on a thumb drive at the U-M Health System. Coleman called the delayed response "a serious failure on the part of our institution."

Both firms are expected to quickly begin their work on campus.