PONTIAC, Michigan — Oakland University must turn over a full report pertaining to an internal review of fired women's basketball coach Beckie Francis, a judge has ruled.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Martha Anderson had been asked by Francis to order the suburban Detroit school to provide her with a full copy of the report, which was completed before her termination earlier this year.
Anderson agreed, saying in a written ruling dated Thursday and released Friday that the investigative report is part of Francis' personnel record.
After reviewing an uncensored version of the report, the judge said she found "some redactions are appropriate" and noted the report and any specific references contained within it will not be part of her opinion or order.
Anderson also awarded costs and fees to Francis' attorney, Deborah Gordon.
Gordon said she was "very pleased by the judge's opinion, which makes it clear, as we knew, that Oakland University was incorrect to hold back this report from Beckie."
Francis is suing the 19,000-student Rochester school to get specific information on her June 12 firing. That same day, her husband, Gary Russi, announced his retirement as Oakland's president.
University officials allege Francis physically and emotionally abused players, obsessed about their weight and pushed Christian beliefs on them.
Francis filed a lawsuit in circuit court seeking specific information from the university on why it fired her for cause.
In a statement, Oakland University said it "is committed to transparency and accountability in its operations, but also to meeting legal obligations including the protection of student privacy rights."