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Michigan State official out after federal probe

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 17:34:06-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — 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.

Stanley says Youatt and former President Lou Anna Simon failed to appropriately respond to allegations against William Strampel, a medical school dean. Strampel was recently sentenced to a year in jail.

Strampel was accused of sexually harassing students and failing to monitor Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor who molested women and girls.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says MSU created a "sexually hostile environment" by inadequately responding to students' complaints against Nassar and Strampel.

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