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The state House of Representatives calls on MSU president to resign

Jan 24, 2018

Credit Michigan State University

The State House of Representatives wants MSU President Lou Anna Simon to resign or be fired by the school.

The House of Representatives adopted a resolution today. The MSU president has come under fire recently, after multiple women said they complained to school officials about sexual assault by an MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, but were ignored.

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard voted in favor of the resolution. He says MSU’s reputation has been tarnished.

“We are never going to begin the healing process until she is gone,” Leonard said.

The resolution passed with 11 no votes. Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo voted no. She says without due process, this is playing politics.

“We need to have more information, more facts, on what she knew and allow that elected body to carry out that process,” Gay-Dagnono said.

Michigan State University Trustee Dianne Byrum issued the following statement today about the matter.

“It is clear that the public has lost confidence in the current administration of Michigan State University, and changes are needed to move the university forward.

"First, I support the resignation of President Simon, effective immediately, and I support the investigation by the Attorney General that will provide a full accounting of what happened and take an important step toward restoring trust, which has understandably been shaken.

"Unfortunately, through this terrible situation, the university has been tone deaf, unresponsive, unapologetic and insensitive to the victims. As a woman who has always fought for womens’ rights and victims’ rights, and encouraged women in all areas, it is deeply troubling to me that so much pain and suffering has been caused by my alma mater."

MSU is currently under review by the NCAA. The state Attorney General also says he plans to investigate the school.