Sexual assault revelations rock Michigan State University

01 February, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • MSU Police investigated allegations that MSU's then-head women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages and other athletic staffers told members of the gymnastics team not to talk to police about Nassar

Michigan State University Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the second in six days following its acceptance of Lou Anna Simon's resignation as president on January 26.

John Engler has been chosen as the interim president of Michigan State University.

After Simon resigned, there were a number of names raised to the board as possible interim presidents, including Engler, Blanchard and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Engler was MI governor from 1990 through 2002.

Simon quit last Wednesday, hours after former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison for molesting some of gymnastics' top athletes and others.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette lashed out at Michigan State University for allowing Larry Nassar to sexually abuse girls and women for years, and he took a shot at the school's governing body.

Also coming on board is another former MI governor, Jim Blanchard, a Democrat, who will be named as a senior adviser.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable", Simon wrote in her resignation letter. Several of those victims said they reported his abuse to various Michigan State leaders but their concerns were brushed aside or not taken seriously.

ESPN's investigative report says there has been an institutional failure to respond to accusations of sexual abuse and violence within the larger athletic department, including by Izzo's men's basketball program and coach Mark Dantonio's football program, and the university as well.

McCabe said they would call for a no-confidence vote in the Board of Trustees. We suggested that the Interim President have significant experience devising and implementing programs to mitigate sexual harassment and sexual abuse.

If this motion for a vote passes, a vote No Confidence in the Board of Trustees will be held at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

Their efforts had thus far been thwarted, she said, "by a myopic and entrenched administrative structure that has placed political expediency and institutional branding" above the need to regain trust and promote healing.

Nassar, who also has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges, will appear in a MI court this week for another prison sentence.

"None of it was transparent or included people who would normally be involved in certain decisions", said Allswede, who no longer works for MSU.

"I have one mandate for you", Mosallam said in reference to Engler.

Now MSU will be looking for a new leader, one who will commit to transparency and accountability, and who will pledge fealty to the truth, no matter it leads.

Tracy was gang-raped by four Oregon State football players in 1998 and came forward with her story in 2014, becoming a champion for sexual assault survivors and for change on college campuses throughout the country.



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