Students Accuse EMU Of Crime Cover-Up

ClickOnDetroit.com, March 8, 2007

About 300 Eastern Michigan students attended a town hall meeting Wednesday after accusing University officials of a cover-up.

Students said the school covered up the rape and murder of a fellow student.

The body of Laura Dickinson, 22, of Hastings was found inside her dorm room on Dec. 15.

Students claim they were told Dickinson died of what appeared to be natural causes.

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Police said Dickinson was raped and murdered.

Fellow EMU student Orange Amir Taylor, pictured right, was arrested Feb. 23. Police ultimately say they tied him to the slaying through a DNA match on seminal fluid found on Dickinson’s body.

Taylor, of Southfield, faces open murder, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and other charges. His preliminary examination was delayed to March 22.

It took nearly three months for the information to be made public about the murder.

University President John Fallon said, “I feel pretty good how the university handled this, given all constraints and considerations.”

The university put Vice President of Student Affairs Jim Vick on administrative leave while it conducts an internal investigation.

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The national organization Security on Campuses Inc., meanwhile, filed a complaint against the university earlier this week with the U.S. Department of Education.

The King of Prussia, Pa.-based organization alleges Eastern may have violated a 1998 law by not disclosing that the death was being treated as a homicide investigation.

Orange Amir Taylor, not “natural causes,” killed Laura Dickinson.

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