Michigan State has settled with the U.S. Department of Education for its failure to report and address claims of sexual abuse by Lawrence G. Nassar. Dr. Nassar was the physician for the USOC WOmen’s Gymnastic Program. He is in prison for 40-175 years. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said, “What transpired at Michigan State was abhorrent, inexcusable, and a complete failure to follow the law and protect students. Michigan State will now pay for its failures.”
The findings of the Department Education indicate that William Strampel, the former dean of the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, knew about the abuses and failed to take action. He is serving a year in jail for his failure to report or address the abuse. The investigation also found that Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon, the former MSU president, also failed to take action. She has been charged with lying to investigators.
The new president,Samuel Stanley, accepted the resignation of June Youatt, the provost because of the findings in the report, including an e-mail which Dr. Youatt sent a one-line summary of the issue to the HR VP that included a smiley-face emoji. Why do people put these things in e-mail?
MSU has already settled civil suits brought by the victims for $500 million.