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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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Many survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse don’t just blame him. They also blame MSU officials for failing to act even after multiple complaints.

The scandal forced MSU President Lou Anna Simon to step down last week, followed by Athletic Director Mark Hollis, and there could be more resignations coming.

The school’s Board of Trustees has also come under withering attack for actions that seemed to focus more on limiting the school’s culpability than on supporting victims.

“My voice should have been louder much sooner..." says MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum. She adds that she’s learned from this horrible experience.

Former Governor John Engler
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Former Governor John Engler will named as the interim president at Michigan State University.

Michigan Radio has confirmed that the MSU Board of Trustees will vote to appoint Engler on Wednesday.

Engler takes on the post at a difficult time for the university as it reels from the fallout of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Multiple investigations of the university are underway, including by Attorney General Bill Schuette and the NCAA.

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Michigan State University

In an investigative report this weekend, ESPN brought attention to a number of previously unreported allegations of sexual misconduct within the Michigan State University football and basketball programs. The report also detailed how the university handled accusations of sexual assault against football and basketball players differently than it did for the rest of the student population.

Mark Dantonio at a podium
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An ESPN report over the weekend reveals a long-time pattern of denial, lack of action, and allegations of incidents involving Spartan football and basketball players.

Michigan State University Police opened an investigation last year into allegations that then-women’s gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, and other MSU Athletic Department staff obstructed the criminal investigation into Larry Nassar.

The Larry Nassar trials are over and the final round of sentencing hearings begin this week in Eaton County. More and more attention now is turning to East Lansing and how the top echelons at Michigan State University allowed an environment for this abuse to happen and continue.

And because the MSU Board of Trustees is elected statewide, the university’s handling of the situation is going to be a political issue in the 2018 elections.

MSU needs a president who can restore trust

Jan 29, 2018
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Michigan State University

In recent days, I’ve heard people affiliated with various other universities say how glad they are not to be at Michigan State. Parents whose children go to MSU are worried. Not about sexual molestation, but about the school’s reputation.

Lieutenant Governor Bryan Calley
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Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is calling on Michigan State University to establish a fund to compensate victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.

Calley tells the Detroit Free Press that the fund "will likely need hundreds of millions of dollars."

Bill Schuette

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is conducting an investigation into how much Michigan State University officials knew about claims of sexual abuse by patients of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Schuette, who is running for governor, told reporters Saturday that "it is abundantly clear that a full and complete investigation of what happened at Michigan State from the president's office down is required."

The investigation is being led by independent special prosecutor and retired Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, with assistance from the Michigan State Police.  Assistant Attorney General Christina Grossi has been named project manager.

Larry Nassar listens to Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina hand down his sentence of 175 years in prison.
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This week, former Michigan State University sports Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. Two top MSU officials have since resigned, and investigations into the school are stacking up.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what could be just the beginning of MSU's troubles.


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Michigan’s Big Three universities have a big problem, and it starts in the boardroom.

Michigan is the only state in the country that elects its major university trustees by at-large statewide ballots. They don’t represent districts.

Few have the sharp business acumen needed to govern multi-billion dollar institutions. And as the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal in East Lansing shows, it doesn’t hold them accountable, either.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is considering whether to launch an inquiry into Michigan State University in the wake of the sentencing of one of the school's sports doctors who sexually assaulted women and girls.

Survivors of Larry Nassar
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It's been a tumultuous week in East Lansing, home of the Spartans.

President Lou Anna Simon resigned on Wednesday, and Athletic Director Mark Hollis stepped down Friday, in response to mounting rage over the school's handling of Larry Nassar.

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A Detroit Free Press story revealed some interesting perks in the contract of now-resigned Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. Some of them are lifetime benefits like free tickets for her and her husband to MSU sporting events.

Larry Nassar
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The same day that Michigan State University’s Title IX office cleared Larry Nassar of sexual abuse in July of 2014, a confidential version of the school’s report was sent to both Nassar and his boss, Dr. William Strampel, who has since stepped down as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michigan State names acting president

Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State University has named its vice president to serve as acting president in the wake of Lou Ann Simon's resignation over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis steps down

Jan 26, 2018

Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis has stepped down in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

The "Sparty" statue on the MSU campus
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I’ve been wondering aloud for more than a year why the Larry Nassar case was not getting national attention. Well, it finally did, and it wasn’t pretty.

Dr. Nassar pled guilty to sexually assaulting ten girls and young women. But his victims numbered more than 100, many of them athletes at Michigan State University.

Let’s be clear: Michigan State is not merely a good school. It is a world-class research university. Everyone I know who went there loved it.

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Sue Carter has been on the faculty at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism since 1991.

 

Until yesterday, she also served as the MSU Faculty Athletic Representative.

 

Carter resigned that position just hours after Larry Nassar was sentenced, and just hours before President Simon resigned.

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Matt Friedman is co-founder of Tanner-Friedman, a Michigan-based public relations firm. He's worked with universities in the past, and says Lou Anna Simon's resignation letter has accomplished a PR first: it's worsened MSU's crisis.

Dr. William Strampel
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Less than 24 hours after Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon stepped down over the school’s handling of Larry Nassar, two trustees are divided over whether Nassar’s former boss, Dr. William Strampel, should be the next to go.

Morgan McCaul
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“But alas, Larry, you are merely a symptom of a sickness which plagues the very core of Michigan State University, threatening every little girl who steps foot on that campus. A culture of sexual abuse, and the perverse, deliberate inaction to hold predators accountable.”

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

We should find out next week how Michigan’s attorney general plans to investigate Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar affair.

The former MSU doctor was sentenced this week to a minimum of 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting young women seeking care for sports injuries. 

Simon's resignation letter proves she still doesn't get it

Jan 25, 2018
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Quite unintentionally, Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon and trustee Joel Ferguson did their stricken university a great service in the past few days.

In their attempt to save her job and prevent any real change from happening, they proved how desperately necessary change was.

What’s astounding is that neither of them seems to get it, even now.

Lou Anna Simon
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has resigned.

In a letter sent to the MSU Board of Trustees Wednesday night, Simon described her commitment to putting MSU first.

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Michigan State University faculty are now talking about a vote of no confidence in President Lou Anna Simon.

David Jesse, a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, wrote an article yesterday headlined, “Most Michigan State trustees quiet during calls for Simon’s resignation; faculty weighs in.” (Trustee Dianne Byrum joined Mitch Lyons in calling for Simon's resignation after this segment was recorded.)

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon
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.

Larry Nassar
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

Holt Public Schools says it's planning an investigation and remedial action, after at least one victim of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar says she was assaulted on Holt school property.

Abigail Mealy says she started seeing Nassar for treatment after an injury left her with severe back pain. She was among more than 150 women and girls who addressed Nassar during his week-long sentencing hearing.

Larry Nassar listens to Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina hand down his sentence of 175 years in prison.
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced disgraced USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar to between 40 to 175 years in prison Wednesday.

"Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again," Aquilina said before providing her sentence.

Nassar’s sentencing follows a week of 156 victim impact statements read by survivors of his decades-long sexual abuse under the disguise of medical treatment.

Over 169 statements were read in total.

Larry Nassar in court in recent months with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
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UPDATE 12:30 p.m.:
In the NCAA's letter to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis, Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Oliver Luck says, "Larry Nassar's heinous crimes of record against more than 150 victims raise serious concerns about institutional practices, student-athlete safety and the institution's actions to protect individuals from his behavior."

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