DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE
Office of the Regional Director
226 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60606
October 22, 1970
Robben W. Fleming
President, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
Dear Dr. Fleming:
Receipt of your letter of October 7, 1970 in response to ours of October 6th concerning employment practices regarding women at the University of Michigan is hereby acknowledged. In the letter you indicate that there are points of disagreement between us. Also you state that it is unlikely that you will be able to generate an Affirmative Action Program in the 30 days prescribed.
Our office does not consider your letter responsive to our findings of deficiencies at your institution. The regulations provide that when deficiencies are found in a contractor's Equal Employment Opportunity Program, a written letter of commitment for overcoming the specific deficiencies is required before an institution can be certified as eligible to compete for Federal contracts.
Our Washington office has a recent request for clearance of a proposed contract between the A.I.D. (Agency for International Development) and the University of Michigan. The proposed contract is in the amount of $400,000 to provide advice and assistance to the Government of Nepal in establishing and providing family planning services. In that your letter does not constitute a commitment for overcoming the deficiencies pointed out as a result of our recent review we are not in a position to recommend clearance of the contract. No proposed contracts with the University of Michigan will be recommended for clearance until we have specific commitments for overcoming the deficiencies pointed out in our letter of October 6.
If you are unable to respond with an Affirmative Action Plan within 30 days, please give us your estimate as to the earliest date you can
[p. 2]complete the program with its necessary analysis and evaluations. Also point out in your letter those areas in which you believe there is disagreement. We also need to know your intentions in those areas where you feel there is no disagreement.
Don F. Scott
Civil Rights Specialist
Contract Compliance Branch
Office for Civil Rights