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Dec. 13, 2007
CONTACT: Ken McKanders
University Attorney
734.487.1055

EMU reaches settlement with Dickinson family

NOTE: This is a joint release from EMU and the representatives of the Dickinson family

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University and the Family and Estate of Laura Leigh Dickinson, through their representatives, The Law Firm of GEE & LONGSTREET LLP, in Hastings, Michigan, Robert Dickinson and Debra Dickinson, Parents of Laura Leigh Dickinson, have agreed to settle for 2.5 million dollars the claim of the Family and Estate arising out of Laura Leigh Dickinson's tenure as a student at Eastern Michigan University and her unfortunate death. Eastern Michigan University has agreed to the settlement without any admission of liability on the part of the University.

"Eastern Michigan University has reached an agreement with the Dickinson Family and Estate regarding the resolution of their claims. The Dickinson Family remains in the thoughts and prayers of the entire campus community," said Don Loppnow, Executive Vice President and Provost, Eastern Michigan University.

The Family of Laura Leigh Dickinson wishes to thank the Eastern Michigan University Rowing Team, all of the friends, teachers and fellow students of Laura for their heartfelt expressions of concern, sympathy and prayers and ask that the Family's privacy be respected. They also wish to thank the Hastings Community for its support. Without a close family, the Dickinsons could not have survived this ordeal.

The Family and Estate of Laura Leigh Dickinson will have no further public comment on the settlement, including the negotiations leading to the settlement or the terms of the settlement.

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