Larry Nassar

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University has dropped plans for an outside review to determine how it handled sexual assault complaints against former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

The switch by trustees comes a few months after they voted unanimously to hire a Chicago law firm to investigate and release a report. Trustee Brian Mosallam had pledged to "rip off the Band-Aid."

But some trustees now believe that a federal investigation has filled the role. Trustee Dianne Byrum also says there was no consensus on the scope of the job.

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EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University says its chief academic officer has resigned after the school was fined $4.5 million in a federal investigation into how it handled sexual harassment and assault complaints.

President Samuel Stanley Jr. said in a statement Thursday that MSU "must have a culture of accountability." He says Provost June Youatt has stepped down.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is defending itself against a second wave of lawsuits related to sports doctor Larry Nassar but says it wants to reach a deal with the additional assault victims.
MSU defended itself in a court filing Monday. It says it's immune to liability for Nassar's crimes, no matter how "repugnant."
Spokeswoman Emily Guerrant tells the Detroit Free Press that the school was under a court order to reply to dozens of lawsuits. But Guerrant also says there are "active settlement negotiations."

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley Jr. has appointed two people to advise him on dealing with relationship violence and sexual misconduct.

The East Lansing school announced Monday psychology professor Rebecca Campbell and MSU Police Lt. Andrea Mumford will coordinate meetings between him and sexual assault survivors and work with related groups and efforts on campus.

Stanley says Michigan State "failed survivors and members of our community," and the advisers will help "address critical issues head-on."

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The former Michigan State University president accused of lying about her knowledge of allegations against sports doctor Larry Nassar is getting about $2.5 million as part of a retirement package.
The East Lansing school announced Tuesday Lou Anna Simon's retirement effective Aug. 31. She resigned as president last year amid pressure and has denied any cover-up and took an unpaid leave while facing criminal charges.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation advancing in Michigan would add athletic trainers and physical therapists to the state's list of mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

The House approved the bills Tuesday and sent them to the Senate.

Some of Nassar's victims have said they told a gymnastics coach and trainers at Michigan State University, where the former sports doctor worked, that he had molested them under the guise of treatment, but nothing was done.

DENVER, CO (AP)--   The judge who sentenced former sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison and a group of Olympians are backing an effort to create a committee to look into the operations of the U.S. Olympic Committee. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday in the trial of former Michigan State University Dean William Strampel, who is accused of two felonies and two misdemeanors. 

Strampel was the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU. Prosecutors say he used his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students. They also say Strampel did not properly oversee Larry Nassar after an internal investigation. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A jury has been selected in the criminal trial of William Strampel. He’s the former dean of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. 

Opening statements in the case will begin Thursday.

Attorneys took the morning and into part of the afternoon on Wednesday to pick the people who will decide if William Strampel is guilty or not of the charges against him.

CHARLOTTE, MI (MPRN)--   Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon has some time off from court. Simon has been charged with multiple felonies. A hearing to determine if she should stand trial will continue in June. 

The state Attorney General’s office says Lou Anna Simon lied about what she knew about a 2014 complaint against former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. A judge sentenced Nassar to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

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