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Dr. Larry Nassar was the medical director for the U.S. Gymnastics team and an associate professor at Michigan State University, where he was the team physician for the women’s gymnastics and crew teams.

Michigan Radio's Kate Wells has been covering the sexual abuse case against former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar for more than a year.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on January 24, 2018. MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned the next day. You can scroll through all of our coverage here.

TIMELINE: A long history of abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar

TIMELINE: The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU

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Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) met Tuesday with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to discuss DeVos's proposed changes to Title IX. Those changes would shift how universities and colleges are required to handle reports of sexual assault.

John Engler
Cheyna Roth

State Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to talk with former Michigan State University interim president John Engler. The interview would be part of Nessel’s investigation into MSU’s handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. But Nessel and Engler seem to be having trouble getting together.

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer wrote about the situation this week. She spoke with Morning Edition host Doug Tribou. 

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The state Attorney General’s Office is trying to show that former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon lied to investigators to protect the university.

Simon was in court Monday for the second day of a hearing to determine whether she should stand trial for charges that she lied to law enforcement.

Teal pinwheels adorn the lawn outside the Hannah Administration Building where the Board of Trustees meeting took place. Teal is the color of sexual assault survivors.
Cheyna Roth

Stories about the Larry Nassar scandal have been published in a magazine for Michigan State University alumni, months after campus officials spiked the content.

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For nearly 15 years, Brianne Randall-Gay has been looking for answers.

Why didn’t the Meridian Township Police believe her in 2004, when she told them Larry Nassar sexually assaulted her under the guise of medical treatment?

Why didn’t they follow typical procedure and send her case to the prosecutor for review? And why were detectives so willing to accept Nassar’s lies, they didn’t even bother running his explanations past another medical expert?

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After two months of trying to negotiate an interview between the Michigan attorney general’s office and former interim MSU President John Engler, things hit the fan on Tuesday.

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Today on Stateside, we talk with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell about the loss of her husband and his  last words to America. Plus, we continue our look into Michigan's mental health services for children, with a conversation about the state's dire shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists. 

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The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is launching its own investigation into John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach who’s been accused of physical abuse by several athletes.

 

The move comes just over a week after Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd told a group of frustrated women and girls that he does not have enough evidence yet to charge John Geddert with a crime.

Two Michigan State University athletic trainers lied to police about their knowledge of sexual abuse of students by Larry Nassar, according to Michigan's licensing agency.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Attorney General's office served administrative complaints to athletic trainers Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden for giving the false statements.

Both complaints assert that students informed the trainers about the discomfort they felt during Larry Nassar’s treatments.

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Today on Stateside, a Princeton study makes recommendations for how Michigan's new citizen commission should redraw the state's political maps for the 2022 election. Plus, a look at why Michigan State University is refusing to hand over 6,000 internal documents to special investigators. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

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Michigan State University "screwed up" its investigation into Larry Nassar in 2014 - perhaps even intentionally - and former president Lou Anna Simon lied to police to cover it up, state attorneys argued Tuesday.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
Michigan State University

One year after resigning because of the Larry Nassar scandal, Michigan State University’s former president, Lou Anna Simon, is heading back to court Tuesday. She’s facing four charges of lying to the police about her knowledge of the Nassar case.

MSU general counsel Bob Young "relieved of duties"

Feb 1, 2019
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Robert Young Jr. has been ousted as the top lawyer at Michigan State University.

Acting President Satish Udpa says Young was "relieved of his duties" Friday as vice president and general counsel. Young, a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, joined MSU last year when John Engler was interim president.

Engler was removed by university trustees on Jan. 17.

Young had more than two years remaining on a three-year contract worth $425,000 a year. MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant says Young will be paid the full amount.

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse.

On Wednesday, Michigan State University released a scathing investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. Bottom line, the report says the university repeatedly violated a federal law known as the Clery Act, which requires schools to inform the public about safety issues on campus.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

It didn’t take long.

Just a few weeks after Democrats gained a 6-2 majority on Michigan State’s board of trustees, interim President John Engler is out. Exactly what you’d expect for the former Republican governor … especially after he handed his overseers yet one more rhetorical club to wield against him.

Namely, his own words.

Belmont Tower at MSU
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For nearly 20 years, Larry Nassar was able to sexually abuse hundreds of women and girls thanks to his reputation as a respected sports doctor at Michigan State University.

Now that those same survivors have put Nassar behind bars for the rest of his life, their attention is focused entirely on holding MSU accountable – those who knew of Nassar’s abuse, those who should have known, and a culture that allowed a predator to flourish for so long.

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler speaks at Hillsdale College on on January 25, 2009.
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Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to talk with John Engler, the former interim president of Michigan State University.

Engler resigned Wednesday night. He made heavily criticized remarks about survivors “enjoying” the “spotlight” last week.

Kelly Rossman-McKinney is a spokeswoman for Nessel. She says the attorney general made the decision on Monday after being briefed by the team investigating how MSU internally handled the Larry Nassar scandal. 

Satish Udpa
Michigan State University

Satish Udpa, Michigan State University’s Executive Vice President for Administration and a former Dean of the College of Engineering, will man the helm at MSU as the new interim president.

The Board of Trustees announced Udpa as their pick Thursday morning, hours after former interim President John Engler resigned Wednesday night

John Engler
Cheyna Roth

They say timing is everything.

Just last week, Michigan State University Trustee Dianne Byrum seemed resigned to Interim President John Engler sticking around until a new, permanent president is hired this summer.

John Engler
Cheyna Roth

A member of Michigan State University's Board of Trustees says the school's interim President John Engler will resign.

Engler is under pressure over his comments about the sexual assault victims of convicted sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Trustee Joel Ferguson says board members expect to receive a letter sometime tonight providing details of Engler's resignation, including its effective date.

Updated at 7:23 p.m. ET

Students and faculty at Michigan State University have called for the resignation or firing of interim President John Engler almost from the day he was appointed. This week, they got their wish.

On Wednesday evening, MSU Board of Trustees member Dianne Byrum confirmed she had received a letter of resignation from Engler and that letter would be acted upon at the trustee meeting scheduled for Thursday morning.

Kyle Stephens
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On this day last year, Kyle Stephens stood before Larry Nassar in an Ingham County courtroom and told him, "Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

The University of Michigan has ended its relationship with former USA Gymnastics executive Rhonda Faehn, three days after she agreed to work as a coaching consultant for the women's team.  

Athletic director Warde Manuel released a statement Sunday, saying:

Larry Nassar in court with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

A former USA Gymnastics executive who left the organization amid the fallout of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal is now reportedly a coach at the University of Michigan.  

Rhonda Faehn is now an assistant Women's Gymnastics coach at UofM. The Michigan Daily reports a team spokesperson confirmed the hire.

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Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

This is it. Michigan State University’s trustees finally get it: they’re finally going to “fix the culture” at Michigan State University.

At least, that’s the message the board tried to send Wednesday at its first meeting of 2019.

Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Crimes of sexual abuse committed by former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar and the chaos they provoked have been named the Story of the Year in balloting by Associated Press members and editors.

Belmont Tower at MSU
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

The Michigan Attorney General's office released a report on Michigan State University’s handling of sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar Friday morning.

MSU Board of Trustees takes heat over cutting healing assistance fund

Dec 14, 2018
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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

The MSU Board of Trustees held its first meeting on Friday after the school’s controversial decision to cut the Healing Assistance Fund for survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar.

Most commenters were angry about the decision to cut the Healing Assistance Fund, which had earmarked $10 million for mental health services for survivors.

The school announced last week that it would move the remaining $8 million into a settlement fund.

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