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MSU Board of Trustees set to discuss federal investigation

Posted at 6:10 AM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 10:54:21-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State President Samuel Stanley is expected Friday to address the federal investigation into the university.

The Department of Education is fining Michigan State $4.5 million for mishandling complaints against Dr. Larry Nassar.

There were two separate investigations led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.

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 the university has created a new oversite committee to make sure the demands from the Department of Education are met.

The Board of Trustees is offering public comment at the start of the meeting where its possible Nassar survivors will speak out.

Friday's meeting will also come a day after one of the university's top administrators quit her job.

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

She was the number two administrator at Michigan State.

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.

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.

Right now, a judge is considering a motion filed by MSU to have those lawsuits thrown out.

Friday's Board of Trustees meeting starts at 8 a.m.

It is open to the public.

Fox 47 will be covering the event.

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