“Violinist Stephen Shipps will officially retire from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance in May 2019, remaining on administrative leave for the winter semester and no longer having any contact with his class, according to an email said to be from Shipps, which was published in an article posted Tuesday in The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper,” writes Laurie Niles in Wednesday’s (12/19) Violinist.com. “The email was sent last Wednesday, two days after an article in The Michigan Daily described allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct against Shipps that spanned a 40-year time period…. The Michigan Daily said [the email] was provided by a student who studied with Shipps last semester…. The article also said that Shipps had vacated his office by Dec. 10, the day the original article about him was published. Shipps also went on leave Dec. 7, several days before. The University has not confirmed or denied Shipps’ retirement plans.”

Posted December 21, 2018