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WATCH: MSU President Stanley, Provost Woodruff speak at faculty senate special meeting Tuesday

President Samuel Stanley
Posted at 7:56 PM, Sep 13, 2022

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University President Dr. Samuel Stanley spoke at a faculty senate special meeting Tuesday night alongside Provost Teresa Woodruff.

His remarks came after reports of Stanley being asked to resign by some members of the Board of Trustees. Meanwhile, board member Rema Vassar, who also spoke at the meeting, told attendees Stanley was asked to retire, not resign.

The issue was surrounding Stanley's handling of state-mandated Title IX investigations, and Stanley defended his actions.

"I have faithfully complied with the state of Michigan certification process the last two years and reviewed all of the required Title IX reports," Stanley said. "Contrary to information previously provided to me, in June of this year, I was notified that some of our board members may not have actually complied with their part of the state requirement. We asked for an internal audit and review on the situation, which showed that we could improve the processes by which the reviews were taking place. An external consultant is helping us improve these processes and keep us in compliance. We have been taking this issue seriously."

Spokespersons for the university told FOX 47 News Monday the Board of Trustees and Stanley were in discussions about his contract.

An external consultant is now looking into the board's Title IX certification process.

Both Stanley and Woodruff also addressed the recent resignation of the dean of Michigan State’s Broad College of Business over concerns about his leadership and failure to follow mandatory reporting policies.

Watch both Stanley's and Woodruff's full remarks in the video player above.

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