Michigan State University

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, 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."

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   One year. That’s how long the former dean of Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was sentenced to spend in jail. 

William Strampel was sentenced Wednesday for two misdemeanors and one felony. He was convicted of a felony for using his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students.

During sentencing, Strampel’s attorney argued that Strampel has multiple women on his side – and his good characteristics should not be ignored.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A request to expand a legal challenge against Michigan State University has the potential to reverse many findings against students accused of sexual assault. 

The motion was first reported by The Detroit Free Press. The initial lawsuit claims MSU’s disciplinary system denied due process to the man accused of assault. That’s because there was no chance for direct, in-person questioning of the woman who made the accusation.

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.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI (AP)--   The next president of Michigan State University says healing is underway on campus following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, but he knows adequately addressing the fallout will be a critical part of his job. 

Dr. Samuel Stanley, who starts Aug. 1, says he "thought carefully" before accepting the position. He tells The Associated Press he thinks progress has been made in the aftermath of the Nassar scandal.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Opening statements and first witnesses were called Thursday in the criminal trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. 

Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth was in the courtroom for the case of People versus William Strampel.

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.

Derrick L. Turner / Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University has named a new president in the wake of the most extensive sexual abuse scandal in sports history. 

Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., a medical researcher who has led Stony Brook University in New York for nearly a decade, was chosen by the board of trustees Tuesday.

He will take charge of a 50,000-student university that has been led by a string of acting or interim presidents since the January 2018 resignation of Lou Anna Simon.

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