Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan State University Interim President John Engler is under fire for emails he exchanged with an aide about victims of Larry Nassar.

Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

Now, members of the university’s governing board want Engler to resign.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Emails show the interim president of Michigan State University criticized lawyers who represent Larry Nassar's assault victims and said a former gymnast probably was getting a "kickback" from her attorney.

John Engler's remarks were made to a university lawyer in April, a month before Michigan State agreed to a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were assaulted by Nassar, a sports doctor. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Detroit Free Press reported on the emails Wednesday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MPRN)--   Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was in Washington Tuesday to answer questions before a US Senate subcommittee. 

Simon was subpoenaed as part of an inquiry into the Larry Nassar scandal. She and former officials from USA Gymnastics were called in to explain how Nassar was allowed to prey upon young athletes for 20 years before he was caught.

Simon says she was unaware until two years ago that Nassar – an acclaimed sports doctor -- might also be a predator, and she apologized.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in Lansing say a settlement between Michigan State University and survivors of Larry Nassar doesn’t mean their quest for justice is over. 

Nassar is the former university sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment. More than 300 survivors are suing the school for not stopping him, and MSU faces a potential 500 million dollar settlement.

In the Legislature, lawmakers have crafted more than 30 bills in response to what Nassar did.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   More than 300 victims of sexual assault are one step closer to a multi-million dollar settlement with Michigan State University. 

The lawsuit is over the school’s handling of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar. He’s the man who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

The proposed settlement still has to go through some formalities – but members of the university’s Board of Trustees and survivors have voiced support.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan universities might have to report all campus sexual assaults to their governing boards. 

The measure is a requirement under the Senate’s higher education spending bill. It was approved by a committee Wednesday, and would require that every sexual assault complaint filed with the Title IX office be reported to the school’s governing body. 

Senator Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing) is on the committee and sponsored the measure.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The attorney for a student suing Michigan State University says campus counselors discouraged her client from reporting an alleged rape by three basketball players.

Karen Truszkowski spoke with WKAR Tuesday. She says her client went to the counseling center a few days after the incident in April of 2015, but was deterred from reporting by staff counselors.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers says there’s no doubt that Michigan State University failed to protect its students from Larry Nassar. 

He’s the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients for years under the guise of treatment.

A state House inquiry into the school released its findings Thursday.

Lawmakers say Nassar was able to exploit multiple loopholes in MSU’s policies. The House inquiry also found that the school botched an internal investigation into Nassar arising from a complaint about his “treatment” in 2014.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University paid roughly $500,000 to a public relations firm for work in January tracking media coverage and social media activity related to the case of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that New York-based Weber Shandwick billed the university $517,343 for 1,440 hours of work done by 18 employees. The figures came from documents obtained by the newspaper through a public records request.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A former dean at Michigan State University is scheduled for a criminal hearing in May to see if there’s enough evidence against him to go forward with charges of misconduct of a public official, criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, and two separate charges of willful neglect of duty.

Some of the charges stem from William Strampel’s handling of Larry Nassar, the former Olympics and 

MSU sports doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting multiple patients under the guise of treatment. Strampel was Nassar’s supervisor.

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