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MSU Board of Trustees meeting - new President lays out plan

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Posted at 9:29 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 20:56:53-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State President Samuel Stanley led his first official board meeting on Friday, one day after MSU was fined $4.5 million for mishandling complaints against Dr. Larry Nassar, and a top administrator resigned.

These topics were on the forefront of everyone's mind and were thought to have been addressed by Stanley and the board.

However, after the public forum ended, Stanley read from his statement that was released on Thursday, addressing the plan going forward and the steps that will be taken to improve relations at the university.

There were two separate investigations led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos that led to the fine,

YOU CAN READ THE RELEASE ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION HERE

In addition to paying the fine, MSU must also make changes to its Title IX procedures.

The changes will give Nassar survivors a clear process to come forward, review the actions of current and former MSU employees, and address campus climate.

Stanley announced Thursday, and reiterated at the board meeting that the university has created a new oversight committee to make sure the demands from the Department of Education are met.

On Thursday, one of the university's top administrators quit her job.

Provost June Youatt submitted her resignation after the Dept. of Ed report came out.

She was the number two administrator at Michigan State.

Stanley said that a new Provost will be named next week.

Federal investigators found she was aware of complaints against one of Nassar's former bosses William Strampel, but didn't do anything about it.

Last month, Strampel was sentenced to a year in jail on misconduct and neglect of duty charges.

Friday's trustees meeting also comes a week after the university fought in court to dismiss lawsuits.

Those lawsuits were filed by a second wave of survivors.

Survivors spoke out at the beginning of Friday's board meeting.

They came forward after MSU settled the first round of lawsuits with 333 survivors --getting half-a-billion dollars.

MSU claims it could not have known Nassar was abusing patients and it's not responsible for his conduct.

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