NMU suspension issue resolved

MARQUETTE — The issue of a Northern Michigan University student being suspended for sending out a mental health survey in the spring has been resolved.

NMU on April 7 temporarily suspended junior Dominick Dotson for allegedly violating university policy by sending out a survey to students through Google Forms, following a recent student death, that asked how NMU could improve how it handles mental health issues.

“The matter has been resolved amicably,” NMU said in a statement. “Due to FERPA restrictions we’re unable to respond further.”

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

In a letter sent to Dotson, Dean of Students Chris Greer stated that “due to the seriousness of alleged Student Code violations” on April 6, she was temporarily suspending him from NMU until all charges were adjudicated.


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